We caught up with Bright Network member Olubukunola, who's recently secured a role with the National Audit Office after meeting them at Bright Network Festival. She shares her experiences and top tips with you.
Why did you choose NAO?
I was particularly in this role because of its influence. I've always wanted to work in the public sector because I want to make a difference and this firm seemed to do just that.
How was the application process?
I actually really enjoyed the assessment centre. It was way more relaxing than I expected and everyone was so lovely, which helped me ease in more. The toughest part was probably the numerical tests as they weren't my strongest area, but I kept practicing and I suppose it worked out in the end.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
Yes, the assessment centre. It was my first assessment centre so I didn't know what to expect, I thought I'd be extremely nervous and slip up, but it didn't happen and everyone made me feel relaxed which helped me shine through more.
What are your three top tips?
1. Keep applying - Before I got through to the assessment centre, I got so down with the rejections and thought I'd never find a job, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
2. Research the company - it helps to know the company in and out and why you want to work for them, your passion comes through during the process.
3. Practise, Practise, Practise - Like I said, numerical tests weren't my strongest area of application, but the more I kept practicing, the easier it became.
What was the toughest question you faced at interview?
Do you think university should be funded by the taxpayer?