Queen Mary undergraduate Li recently caught up with us about her internship at the National Audit Office. We chatted about the application process, her top tips for other students and how being a Bright Network member helped her secure her new role.
What did the application process involve?
The application process involved submitting my CV and Cover Letter. I was expecting a face-to-face interview, but the final stage was in fact a phone interview. Phone interviews are always a little more awkward, but I think as long as you speak clearly and slowly and don’t rush your words then you should be fine. The phone interview involved competency based questions.
What would be your top tip for members looking to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t let any previous bad experiences in applications get in the way – it should only motivate you to succeed in the future. Each job application process is a valuable learning experience. I look at my applications in this way and, through experience, I become less nervous over time.
How has Bright Network helped?
Bright Network helped me a lot, as I found the telephone interview hints and tips page on the website really useful to give me more confidence and to be more prepared. I also read the face-to-face interview hints and tips page, which was an additional help.
What is the company culture like?
The company is flexible and accommodating - they’ve been very supportive to my needs and provide a good work/life balance. There is also a good restaurant on site which is very handy!