What drew you to apply to Insight Investment?
I applied to Insight Investment due to the opportunities offered, industry interest and personal values alignment. I wanted a rotational graduate program that would allow me to explore multiple roles and gain greater exposure across a business. Insight seemed like an ideal place for this as it is a smaller company with the opportunity to get great experience in different areas. Insight has a strong focus on responsible investments and has pioneered a climate risk model which drew me to Insight in particular.
What was the hardest part of the application process for you?
The hardest part of the application process for me was company research and the video interview. It is really important to get a good sense of a company before applying and interviewing. I find video interviews particularly difficult as it can be quite awkward. The best way to overcome this is strong preparation and taking the interview in a quiet setting with good lighting.
How was the process overall, and what was your favourite part?
The process overall was really positive due to how supportive and friendly Insight Investment was throughout the entire process. My favourite part was the assessment centre. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the company and showcase my skills. Although the tasks were challenging and demanding, it was a really interesting way to learn more about what the company was looking for and how I would fit in as a graduate. Additionally, the opportunity to network with current employees was invaluable.
What are your 3 top tips for students just like you?
1. Don't sell yourself short. There are thousands of applicants out there but everyone has important accomplishments and experience. It is all about presenting your skills and abilities to the company in a way that they can understand. This is not the time to be too humble.
2. Be persistent. You will get rejected. However, you only need one job and it is all about looking for the right fit. Do not get dejected just because you have received a dozen rejections, keep trying and you will find the right employer.
3. Understand where you are applying. Why are you applying there? What draws you to a certain company? Companies want people who are passionate about their business. A copy and paste cover letter may not get you far.