Set to graduate KCL this summer, James will then be joining BAE Systems on the Graduate Development Framework after hearing about the role through Bright Network. Read what he had to say about the process.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
BAE Systems has a renowned reputation within the defence sector, and has a significant global presence which was an important factor for me.
A procurement graduate role appealed to me because of the plethora of skills I will learn, which are transferable to other jobs and industries. Additionally, BAE Systems offer the chance to study towards professional qualifications.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process I found was the initial online application. Ensuring your application will stand out from others is always a challenge.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
The video interview was most surprising for me, as it was the first one I had done. It took some time to become comfortable during the practice questions. Treating the video interview as though you were talking to someone in front of you definitely helped me provide better answers.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
1. Take time to ensure your initial application is the best it can be. Having someone else read over your application before submitting is particularly useful.
2. Thoroughly review your application and CV prior to an interview or an assessment centre, and think of potential questions which may be asked.
3. When being interviewed, always try to draw on examples from previous work experience, jobs, university etc. to demonstrate your skillset most effectively.
What was the toughest question you faced at interview?
"Name a time where you have learnt from past mistakes". This question posed the challenge of turning something potentially negative into something which makes you stand out.