Bright Network member Alivia gives us an insight into the process of securing an internship with Lloyds Banking Group.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I chose to explore Lloyds Banking Group because I have a friend who completed an internship with Lloyds Banking Group. He encouraged me to take a look at their programmes. After some research, I decided to apply. Lloyds Banking Group is one of the largest financial services company in the UK, and one of the largest provider of mortgages, personal loans, credit cards and current accounts; hence, I felt an internship here would provide invaluable experience into the financial services industry, and allow me to explore multiple areas within the field.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application was definitely the video interview. It was very nerve-wracking, because it was timed and you don't really have any idea of the questions you're going to be asked. This is why it is important to prepare thoroughly - make a list of your strengths, and your previous roles, volunteering, work experience etc, and try to tie these together so that you have examples readily available for you to answer questions.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised by how quick the whole process was - it was only three weeks from my original application to when I was made an offer.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Firstly, try to stay calm during the video interview. Although there isn't anyone on the other end, it's still nerve-wracking, but it's important to remain calm and keep your speech coherent.
Secondly, I'd strongly advise that you research the company beforehand. What in particular draws you to them? How can your strengths be applied to the particular programme you are applying for? Do your values match that of the company?
Thirdly, I'd advise that when making multiple applications, make sure you write a list of deadlines. Many companies make offers on a rolling basis, so it's advisable to get your applications in as soon as you can.