We caught up with Chinazam after he secured his exciting graduate role with Newton Europe to find out how Bright Network Black Heritage Future Leaders helped him secure a role and why you should never let failed applications get you down.
Why did you choose Newton Europe?
I chose Newton Europe because I wanted to get into consulting but also wanted to get hands-on with the implementation. I remember I first met Newton through an escape room they ran at my university, and it was this that first made me interested in working for them.
How did you find the application process? Were there any bits you particularly enjoyed? Or found challenging?
The application process was fairly rigorous, there were times where I did not expect to proceed further in the process. However overall, it was an enjoyable process; I received fast and detailed feedback (something I’ve found to be very uncommon). The Selection Day and Final Interview/Dinner were particularly enjoyable- being able to talk to fellow interviewees and/or current employees in a relaxed setting eased the pressure.
What three tips would you give to BN members looking to follow in your footsteps?
Prepare for your applications early - I started writing cover letters and refining my CV over the summer before I applied. It may feel like a long process, but it’s a big weight off your shoulders when you don’t have to spend precious term time writing up cover letters.
Don’t let failed applications stop you - Personally, I had numerous unsuccessful applications. The key is to try to understand why the application was unsuccessful and attempt to make positive changes for future applications.
Breathe - it’s easy to get a sense of imposter syndrome when applying for roles, but don’t forget about what makes you right for the role. Always try to bring that side of you through during interviews and online assessments.
How did Bright Network help?
Whilst not directly, the consistent email reminders about roles opening/closing prompted me to start writing my applications as there seemed to be endless opportunities out there. Additionally, the Bright Network Black Heritage Future Leaders event I attended gave me more confidence when applying for roles- especially competitive ones.
And finally, what was the toughest interview question you faced?
“Road A has a speed limit of 80mph and Road B has a speed limit of 40mph. There is a camera on Road A and another camera on Road B. Over a minute, 50 vehicles pass Road A’s camera and 35 vehicles pass Road B’s camera. Why is this?"