Bright Network member and UCL Economics student Simon has secured a Spring Insight Programme with investment bank Lazard. He tells about the application process and why Spring Weeks are so worthwhile.
To start the application process, I had to submit a CV and cover letter. For me, this was the most difficult part of the process, as I was worried that everyone would be sending in the same thing. Once you meet them in person it's a lot easier to sell yourself, compared to doing it on paper.
Luckily, I had met Lazard at Bright Network: Investment Banking Top 100. This gave me an insight into what the firm was really like and I was able tailor my application to make it as unique as possible.
The next stage was a short competency based phone interview, followed by a face-to-face interview with someone from HR and a senior banker. Again this final interview was largely was competency based but in much more depth. The Lazard staff interviewing me were really friendly, which made for a nice, less pressurised atmosphere. Plus, going to a firm’s office and meeting the people gives you a real taste of the company's culture.
Preparation is key
Keeping up with the financial news is important. I also thoroughly researched the company and was clear about my motivations for working there. It was crucial for me to work somewhere I could make an impact and Lazard's flat structure will allow me to do this. This was my key motivation, and it really helped to have a think about this before the interview.
Top tip - CV and cover letter checks
Before you even start the application process, I would recommend that you ask Bright Network for a CV check to make sure that everything is in order.