I really enjoyed BT’s recruitment process. An initial CV and cover letter can be quite deterring after having already submitted 15+ applications for other roles, but I found myself becoming really intrigued by BT.
After the initial application were the online tasks, which compared to other recruitment processes, didn’t make me want to cry because of my lack of first-class mathematical and finance capabilities! The process was really inclusive and fun, which meant I didn’t feel tripped up at the first hurdle.
About a week later came the email about a video interview. I found this stage really daunting and kept putting it off. I’d practiced these before at university and knew I wasn’t very good at them, I much prefer a traditional in-person conversation with another human! My top tip for recorded-answer video interviews: use the time to prep, practice an answer in the first slot, let the timer keep running, watch the whole thing back, and smash it on your second and final chance!
When I received the email inviting me for an Assessment Centre I was in absolute delighted shock! ME?
I knew this was my time to shine, the grad scheme was within reaching-distance. I prepped myself over Christmas, intensely researching, planning and rehearsing. I was a nervous wreck that morning, but as soon as I walked into the waiting room, I met two other applicants and we just had the most casual chat about everything and anything. The graduate buddies who supervised us throughout the day were really great at putting us at ease.
I loved the Assessment Centre and the more the day went on, the more I really, really wanted the job. My first one on one interview was great, my interviewer (who is now my line manager) was lovely and the whole conversation felt so natural. The two tasks were a bit more challenging as it was less about me, and more about negotiation, persuading, team-work, business awareness etc. The unique part of this Assessment Centre was the opportunity to have a self-reflection talk with the interviewer at the end of the day. I found this really valuable in being able to discuss my weaknesses and room for improvement.
I had no idea how it went, I really enjoyed it and everyone was lovely, but I couldn’t believe my luck that I had even got that far. It came as a shock when I received a call the next day offering me the job! I think I screamed and almost cried in an ASDA car park.