Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I applied for this role for multiple reasons:
- I became fascinated with their business model, how fast they have been able to grow, and how well they fit into the business problems of today
- I knew the job would develop my (soft) skills- such as becoming a confident communicator, gaining project management skills and being able to interact with some of the biggest thought leaders in business
- I felt that my skill-set, work ethic and independence matched that of the firms
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part was the case study, this part of the process was harder to prepare as I didn't really know what the case study was going to be which meant I had to think on my feet and adapt to the situation. It was also challenging because I had a limited amount of time to come up with answers.
My favourite part was being interviewed by the VP because I had the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the firms long-term goals and strategy.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was surprised at how collaborative the process was. They would reply to me within the hour if I sent an email or a query and were always receptive on the phone. I initially applied for a summer internship and ended up getting a graduate associate job which shows there isn't one way to go about getting a job. If you're motivated and go above and beyond what is required of you they will be impressed with you.
Also they don't expect you to know everything, they want you to have questions and be interested/curious.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
It's probably been said before but the best way to be ready for an interview is preparation.
- Make sure you have done deep dive research into the company, the sector and the job. Spend a lot of time on their website, as well as read articles about the industry/company/job. Relate your personal experience- whether it be work experience or things you're studying at university with the job/firm you're applying to.
- I would also recommend reaching out to someone (on Linkedin) that recently secured the job you're applying to. They might be able to give you tips on the application process and tell you exactly how the job is. They will be more receptive if you have a connection, like you went to the same university/school or you have a mutual friend.
- Through this research process you will find out if the job truly fits you. If you are convinced you are right for the job and you will like it, this will come across in the interview and will ultimately help you secure the job
- My last tip is applicants need to learn how to sell themselves and present their marketed self to the world- this is a skill invaluable throughout our careers
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