Now that the application deadline and first steps of the recruitment process have passed, some of you are probably wondering about what is next. As you may already know, there are 5 important steps in the recruitment process for the Graduate Programme:
- Cover Letter, CV and Grade Transcript
- Online Case Competition (for all tracks but Finance)
- Video Interview
- Assessment Center
- Personal Interview.
With this blog post, I would like to give some advice on how you can be successful with step 3 and 4: the Video Interview and Assessment Center.
Write it down, reread, and reflect
The video interview is your first chance to really show us a bit of yourself and your personality. It works in such a manner that you will receive a few questions, which you need to answer in a video format. My best advice is to write down the questions, reread, and reflect upon them. Take some time to note the initial thoughts that came to your mind after seeing the questions, and then let it rest and keep them in the back of your mind for a day, but make sure you write every good idea down you get during this time. If the question is a personal reflection, it can be a good idea to talk to a person who is close to you – they can often help you identify unique characteristics about yourself.
After reflecting upon it and perhaps discussing it with a close acquaintance, write down what you would like to get across. During the video you should be precise and to the point, while showing your personality. For me it worked well to write down bullet points as it gave me the freedom to show my personality and “way of speaking” by being free from a strict script. However, what worked for me might not work for you, so do what you are the most comfortable with: bullet points, script, or something else, just make sure that it’s natural.
Background – check, Lighting – check, Volume – check. ACTION!
When you know what you want to say, you need to make sure that your surroundings are complimenting you. I recommend you to record yourself with a neutral background and proper lighting – that will give you the best possible foundation to shine! Make a few recordings and see how you look on video. Here you should also check if there is anything you would like to change: is the lighting, volume, and background working to your advantage or should you adjust something?
And lastly, remember there is no checklist for what we want to hear, so just take a deep breath, smile and be yourself 😊
The Assessment Center – Get a good night’s sleep, a solid breakfast, and just relax and be yourself
The assessment center allows us to get a deeper understanding of who you are as a person, how you interact and work with other people, as well as how you go about solving different tasks. Keep in mind that if you are invited to participate in the Assessment Center, you are most likely already very qualified and eligible for the job, this day is about making sure that our impression of you also holds true in real life and to see if you are a cultural fit for the company.
The Assessment Center is a long day, so you need to be energized and ready for a day with a lot of different impressions. Make sure to be well-rested and get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast, then you’re physically in the best shape to succeed.
Otherwise my best advice is just to take it one step at a time and go about it in your own manner, if you try to be someone you are not, it will show halfway through the day, when you’re starting to get a bit tired, which will send mixed signals. There is no recipe for “the perfect candidate”, so don’t overthink the day too much, just BE YOURSELF!
Good luck 😊
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