A huge congratulations to Mishal who has secured a role with Deloitte. Here she shares some great insights to the application process as well as giving some great hints and tips.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
Deloitte is an obvious choice for any young graduate, their training and professional exposure is unparalleled. I’m looking forward to working alongside their huge range of clients in some pretty exciting industries. Personally, I am so excited to be working for an organisation which prides itself on equality, diversity and social mobility. Deloitte has even been mentioned twice in ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’ list! I first came to learn about Business Tax Advisory in my first ever networking event in my first year of university at King’s College London. Having attended numerous networking events after, I quickly realised I wanted to be in a client-facing role where individuals and organisations which are successful in their own right, would respect my knowledge about a particular topic. I completed some work experience in Tax Advisory and haven’t looked back since.
What was the most challenging part of the application process? And your favourite part?
This would have to be the presentation in the Final Stage Assessment. I’ve never had to do a presentation in an Assessment before so it was a little daunting considering we only had 20 minutes to analyse our case study before presenting. It was also my favourite part of the process too because I’ve always enjoyed presenting and I guess the pressure adds to the experience!
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was very surprised by how much support Deloitte offers its applicants near to the final stages of the process, considering the huge number of applicants they have to host. I was assigned a HR professional who scheduled a phone call with me to ease any nerves and give us some top tips for the big day.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Apply for the job! This sounds basic but when you’re applying it often seems that succeeding in your application for The Big 4, an investment bank, or corporation will be impossible. I was very scared about getting rejected, but if I hadn’t tried I wouldn’t be where I am today. Don’t be scared.
- Know your strengths and apply them to your career goals. Everyone’s journey is different and all of us have strengths and weaknesses. Identify what makes you happy, what you’re good at and what your friends and family like about you. When you apply these things will work in your favour.
- Don’t give up. It’s a fact that you will have successful applications and not-so successful ones, consistency is key. Keep trying, with experience you’ll succeed.
Do you have a lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I don’t have any rituals but I always made sure to dress the part. Wearing something that made me feel confident on the inside helped me to tackle the high-pressure situations you’ll face at the interview.