We had a quick catch up with Luke who is currently an economics student at the University of Cambridge. Here he discusses how he secured an Investment Analyst role at Aon after successfully completing a summer internship with them.
I already knew I wanted to go into finance from my degree so I applied for a few relevant summer internships in this field. After successfully completing an internship with Aon, I was offered a role as an Investment Analyst. Seeing as I had really enjoyed my time there and got on well with other people in the company, it felt only natural to accept. On top of that, Aon has a great reputation as the leading provider of human capital consulting.
Tell us about the application process
For the internship I had to complete the standard online application form and numerical test. I was lucky enough to bypass the assessment centre and went straight to the interview at Aon's offices in London. I only had one face-to-face interview with two employees and it was pretty relaxed. I received the offer soon after - it was a quick application process.
I did a lot of research on Aon and made a note of what had been happening in the industry earlier in the year. I also made sure I had a good understanding of the role and tried to prepare answers to potential interview questions. However you never know what interviewers are going to ask. Researching the company and preparing competency-based questions was sufficient preparation.
The most difficult part of the application was the initial online form because it was the most time consuming part of the process. Tailoring my answers to the company and their expectations took a lot of thought and planning.
I most enjoyed the interview. I was so surprised - it wasn’t full on but actually really quite relaxed. The interviewers cracked a couple of jokes and made me feel really comfortable as if I had met them before.
What three tips would you give fellow Bright Network members looking to follow in your footsteps?
Tip 1: Don't miss out
Apply early - it really helps because spaces fill up quickly.
Tip 2: Research
Prepare as much as you can for your interview.
Tip 3: First impressions matter
Smile throughout the interview because it’s all about first impressions and they’re only going to give you the job if they like you.