We caught up with Lena to ask how she found the process of applying to TFL and why she applied. Catch her story in detail below.
1.Why did you apply for the role?
I applied for the role at TfL as it is a company that I come into contact with every single day as a Londoner. I have always been fascinated by how TfL transport networks connect millions of people every day. In was particularly interested in The TfL External Relations team which work with governments and regional partners. I also liked the opportunity to be part of a customer-facing research team that makes the lives of customers using the networks better.
2. What was the best part of the process?
I would say the clarity of the different steps I had to complete was communicated well and effectively. This made the process easy to understand and less daunting. TfL was also extremely helpful and friendly.
3. What was the hardest part?
Preparation for the assessment centre and the assessment centre itself was really challenging. I enjoyed the day as a whole, but the 3 different exercises: group task, personal interview and written exercise were very tiring and pushed me out of my comfort zone! It was great to get to that stage though, and even if I hadn't got the role, it was an insightful experience.
4. How did Bright Network help?
Without Bright Network I probably wouldn't have found the job role as it was so niche and part of a company I didn't know did graduate schemes or internships. I also used Bright Network's tips for prepping for assessment centres.
5. Top Tips?
1. Be yourself. If they don't pick you and you were yourself, there's nothing to be upset about! You weren't the right fit for the company, and they weren't the right fit for you.
2. Be kind. Both to the other candidates doing the assessment centre with you and all the staff you meet throughout the day. It really bodes well for you and will leave a great impression.
3. Stay resilient. If one part of the assessment centre does not go your way, keep trying your best for the next. As soon as you put your head down, you're at a disadvantage. Stay positive and push through. You might get full marks on another section that brings up your overall points and end up getting a great average overall!