Bright Network member Reyhan has secured a graduate role with PwC – congratulations! Reyhan shares his experiences below and has three top tops for his fellow Bright Network members.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I have had the opportunity to meet PwC at various events on and off campus on a number of occasions, including the Bright Network Festival and Technology Top 150 events. This gave me a valuable insight into the firm’s culture and their dedication to bringing technology to the forefront of their future strategy. This combination made PwC the standout choice to begin my career in technology, as opposed to the other top 4 firms.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was our favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process was the telephone interview, which was the second stage after the online tests. The telephone interview lasted 40 minutes and was a really in depth chat about my competencies. My interviewer asked several probing questions per competency that really tested my interviewing skills. Having not been a part of such a lengthy interview before, this part of the application process was particularly challenging. My favourite part of the process was having the chance to interview at PwC's embankment office during the final partner interview. This was a more informal chat about the role and further competencies, and was a great chance to meet the senior members of the department and learn more about the firm.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
After attending several session run by PwC at my university, including practice assessment centres and interviews, I wasn't surprised by anything in the application process. Making the most of all the resources available both inside and outside of university really helped to prepare me for the demanding aspects of the process, including the telephone interview and group task. I was, however, particularly surprised at how helpful all the graduates and employees that I had met over the last year were. They made it very easy for me to get in touch about different aspects of the application process and answered any questions that I had on the role.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
1) Make sure you take the time to meet your chosen company at external events and on campus to network and learn more about the culture. You never know how a contact you make at an event can help you during your application process.
2) Research your company before undertaking any part of the application process and understand the key competencies they are looking for.
3) Know why you want to work for that company over any of their competitors.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Having a coffee and reading over my notes on my phone.