Whilst in her final year at QMUL, Economics student Fahima secured herself a graduate role at Deloitte, after hearing about the role through Bright Network. We recently caught up with Fahima who was kind enough to answer our questions about her experience of the application process. Read below to find out what she had say.
Why did you choose this firm?
Deloitte are the market leaders and have infinite opportunities available. This can be seen with the sheer amount of awards and recognition they get, such as being part of Sunday Times Top 20 companies to work for. They put a great emphasis and focus on training and development, which helps their employees to fulfil their potential. What really sets Deloitte apart from its competitors is its drive for innovation and constantly wanting to improve.
While all this is very attractive, the main reasons I wanted to work for Deloitte were due to their career growth opportunities and emphasis on Respect and Inclusion. Deloitte have a reputation of being the most meritocratic of the Big 4, and following my research, I found this to be true. Deloitte are not only trying to diversify their employees so that they are a better representative of the society, but they are also trying to change society’s view of diversity, and one way they have done this is through a promotional video they created, which can be found on their website.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part for me were the online tests due to the time pressure element, but the questions were also much more challenging than the tests I used to practise with. I would definitely recommend spending a few hours practising for each test. However, my favourite part was definitely the assessment centre. The reason why I enjoyed it was because of my interviewer. He made sure I was at ease and as comfortable as can be, and was very engaging. He answered my questions honestly, and I really appreciated this.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised with how friendly and engaging my interviewers were.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Dont give up, do your research and believe in yourself!
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I go to the toilets just before my interview and make myself as large as possible (arms and legs spread out) and stay like that for two minutes. This helps me to feel more confident! I got this from a ted talk!