L.E.K. Consulting are so excited to have teamed up with BUCS this year to support the BUCS Netball and Table Tennis Programme. We know that our most successful employees come from diverse and rounded backgrounds – sports being a prime example.
We really look forward to meeting people like you who are actively combining their university studies with sports and extra-curricular activities.
Each year, we host a summer Associate programme, running for 8 weeks from the beginning of July. Although applications have now closed for that programme in 2020, we are about to start interviewing and wanted to share our key interview tips with you.
Whether you are interviewing with L.E.K. for this summer, looking to apply in September/October for our full-time programme or interviewing with other firms, we hope that you will benefit from our tips below.
L.E.K.'s Top Interview Tips for BUCS Athletes
Tip One: Prepare
- Research the company - noting specific elements you connect with to mention in the interview (e.g., the company culture or ethos, training opportunities, specific sector expertise or relationships with individual clients). Showing you have a strong understanding of the company and your role can be important in demonstrating your interest and excitement in the role and the company.
- Practice interviews with friends - it’s important that you are comfortable and well versed in how to perform in the interview (particularly if it’s a case study) and know what sets you apart. The interviewer could be seeing several people that day, so you need to make a strong and lasting impression.
- Prepare questions for your interviewers - this again shows your interest and enthusiasm for the role and is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that you have thought about your potential experience at the company. It can also be a great opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on the firm you’re applying to and better understand what you might be doing if you were to join.
Tip Two: Be Structured
As you only have a limited time in your interview, you need to make sure that you articulate your answers clearly and concisely to make a good impression.
- Practicing your interview will help this – the more you practice, the better your answers will be and you’ll be less likely to waffle!
- If you’re asked a question you’re not sure about, take a second to consider your answer – this will help you work out a succinct response.
Tip 3 – Remember – first impressions matter!
- Make sure you arrive about 10 minutes before the interview.
- Make eye contact with the interviewer.
- Be genuine and friendly, engage with the interviewer – they want get to know the real you, so relax in the interview and trust your capabilities.
- If you’re feeling nervous before the interview, take 3 deep breaths – this will help settle any nerves and focus you on the task ahead.
If you want to find out more about L.E.K., have a look in the tabs below. Applications for our graduate position starting in September 2021 and March 2022 open this September – we will be back in touch with more details about our full-time programme closer to that time but we hope to hear from many of you then.
Best of luck!