Why did you apply to Amex?
I like a lot of variety in my day to day tasks, so the American Express Customer Service and Business Strategy Summer Internship stood out to me because it offered a wide range of experiences. I also saw an opportunity to use my Spanish skills in the role, as it said that European languages were a bonus and American Express is a multinational company with global connections.
I wanted to develop my business experience so I could make more informed career choices and gain a better sense of 'what's out there'. American Express attracted me as it has a great workplace reputation and a culture of kindness and respect.
What was the hardest part of the application process for you?
The hardest part of the application process for me was writing the cover letter as it started out as a blank sheet of paper. I knew that it was my first chance to make a good impression and so I put a lot of effort into tailoring it to the application and making it the best I could. The other stages of the process were also challenging, but I had things to work with like questions and tasks so I'd say the biggest challenge was taking that first step.
How was the process overall, and what was your favourite part?
The application process was challenging but very comprehensive, which I liked because I felt that American Express took the time to get to know me as a person. My favourite part was the assessment centre as it was the first time I got to see the company in person and I enjoy talking face to face.
What are your 3 top tips for students just like you apply to…?
My three top tips for applying to American Express are:
- Write a good cover letter - in the application it said one was optional but if you do it, it will give you an edge over others who left it out and help to prepare you for interviews later on.
- Don't be afraid to use any and all of your experience to demonstrate your skills for the job, if it's taught you a lesson then it's worth talking about!
- Let your personality and enthusiasm for the role shine through at the assessment centre, they're looking to see what you're like as a person.