Economics undergraduate Gabrielle recently secured a Spring Week at Bank of America Merrill Lynch - well done Gabrielle! Find out all about it below.
Why did you choose this company?
I went to the Bright Network Women in Technology event. At the event, I was given a booklet listing all of the top employers in financial services. From this, I started to research spring weeks. A friend of mine recommended Bank of America Merill Lynch, and I’d met the bank at a previous careers event. I liked the atmosphere when I met them and had heard a lot of positive feedback, all of which gave me a feel for who they were and what their people were like.
Why were you interested in this role?
I study economics at university, so I have an interest in finances of the world. I’m also an analytical person, and I knew I would enjoy the numeracy and macro economic aspect of the role.
What did the application process involve? Did you have a favourite and least favourite part?
The application process involved a numeracy test, a non-verbal test and a telephone interview. The numeracy test was my least favourite of the tests, because there was quite a long wait to hear whether I’d been successful.
In comparison, I really liked the telephone interview. When they asked me why I was interested in Bank of America Merill Lynch, I said I had heard good feedback about the bank and it seemed like a place where I could thrive. I was also asked about my past accomplishments - I told them about the Duke of Edinburgh Award which I had received. There was no face-to-face interview, because applicants are at universities across the country.
What top three tips would you give to other students looking to follow in your footsteps?
1. Try and speak to someone who works at that company. In the interview, this will allow to explain why you want to work there really well.
2. Have good examples of organisation, determination and teamwork - these three skills are always very important to show.
3. Sound excited in the interview – show them that you would really like the job!
Do you have a pre-interview ritual or lucky charm?
I always make sure I have some water and a notepad with me.