Durham undergraduate Rob recently popped into Bright Network HQ to collect a bottle of bubbly after he successfully secured a Cyber Security Internship with PwC. We had a chat about his experience of the application process and how attending Technology Top 150 in 2016 gave Rob the chance to meet PwC in person.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I have been extremely interested in software development and technology for the last few years and I have decided that a career in technology is definitely the way to go for me. PwC has many opportunities to work in technology and has a very social atmosphere, both of which were vital points in my decision. There are plenty of chances to develop professionally, as they provide internal training and funding for qualifications. Additionally, there is a rigorous promotion scheme, meaning you can move up the ranks very quickly. Cyber Security is growing rapidly and I thought now would be the perfect time to get involved. Although I found it challenging, it met my programming needs and it furthered my learning in an area I am keen to explore.
What were the different stages of the application process and how did you prepare?
The application stages were no different to any other company’s process that I have experienced. There was the initial application and tests, the phone interview, the assessment centre and a final interview with the director of the department. For the first stage, I made sure that my cover letter was specific to the company and that I had done plenty of practice for the online tests. My preparation for the other stages was similar – and I made sure I knew the company and the role inside out.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was your favourite part?
The toughest part for me had to be the assessment centre, as I had never done anything like that before. I particularly struggled in the group exercise, as I misunderstood the aims of the exercise. My advice for that is to make sure you fully read and understand the exercise before you start your preparation.
I enjoyed the final interview the most because I really got on with my interviewer. He wasn’t particularly interested in grilling me and just wanted to get to know me. This meant that I was very relaxed and said everything that I wanted to say.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Know the whole company, not just your role.
- Make sure you have your best experiences to hand, so that you can relate them to any competency based question.
- Be confident in yourself and your abilities - you will always come across as a leader. However, over confidence looks bad, so try and find that sweet spot.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I make sure I’m fully rested on the day of an interview. This means I can be 100% focused and fully ready for any challenge.
How did being a Bright Network member help you secure this role?
Last September, I attended Bright Network’s Technology 150 event. I found this very useful, as I got to know so many different companies, one of which was PwC. From this point, I knew PwC was a potential workplace for me and I started my application with them very shortly after this event. Without this event, I may not have stumbled across the Cyber Security role at PwC.