Presentation on theme: "How to secure your Spring Week"— Presentation transcript:
1 How to secure your Spring Week Rachel Curry – Graduate Recruitment1
2 Opportunities for you… RBS M&IB as well as most other large institutions will offer a series of programs for students at every stage of their university life, starting from first year, right through to graduation.1st Year University2nd Year University3rd Year UniversityPre-UniversityA-LevelInsight DayEaster InsightWeekSummer InternshipProgrammeGraduate
3 How can an internship help you get a head start? An internship is a great way to gain an insight into the world of RBS and work out whether or not the sector is for you. We offer the following internships within M&IB.Easter Insights WeekFor students in their first year from all academic disciplinesOffers you the chance to gain valuable work experienceIncludes technical training, networking events and time spent shadowing senior members of the teamGives us the chance to spot talent at an early stageYou could secure a place on our Summer Internship programme for the following yearSummer & Winter InternshipsFor students in their penultimate year from all academic disciplinesOffers you hands on experience within the businessInternships range from ten weeks to six months across our various business divisionsOpportunity to secure a graduate position - 80% of our interns last year went on to be offered places on our graduate programmes
5 Tips for application forms and online tests How do I prepare?Application FormsTake your time and don’t rush your answersDraw on your experience in all aspects of lifeConsider the skills or competencies you have used to dateRelate your answers to a specific situation and provide examples5
6 Types of Test Numerical Test – Your ability to evaluate Numerical Data Logical reasoning Test – Your ability to think logically and analyticallyVerbal Reasoning – Your ability to assess verbal logicDiagrammatic Test - Your sense of logic, visual thinking and organisation skills
7 Online Tests – Top Tips Practice as much as possible Revise by doing simple calculationsComplete some cross words as practice for the verbal reasoning testsDon’t spend too long on each question – allocate your timeAbsorb yourself in the financial press and know the marketWhen it comes to personality questions – answer with your gut reaction
8 Assessment Centres What are they: Designed to see how you will perform in day to day exercises for the role you are applying for.They are meant to assess behaviours required for the role and not necessarily technical knowledge.Structure varies from organisation to organisation but generally will include a form of:Group ExerciseRole Play or PresentationWritten Exercise or Report WritingCompetency based InterviewHow do I prepare for the day:Research the company: Know why you want to work in the industry AND for that specific companyKnow the role you are applying for, and what skills they are asking forKnow your key strengths and bring examples of experiences preparedDress appropriately – Business Smart (ALWAYS)Find the address and know where you are going!
9 Group Exercise What does it look like generally? You will be put in a small group (usually about 6 or so people) and each will be given a scenario.Assessors are in the room to observe you and your behaviour (not to interact or give direction).You review your individual scenario and present important information to group members.You will discuss the individual scenarios and come up with a specified outcome (which you will be briefed on beforehand).HOW DO YOU FIT IN?WHAT CAN YOU BRING INTO THIS STRUCTURECONSIDER OUR VALUES AND WHAT WE LOOK FORYOU PROBABLY READ SOME OF THESE STRENGTHS AND THINK I AM NOT SURE IF I AM GOOD AT THESE THINGS OR EVEN IF I LIKE BEING KEPT BUSY AS HAVENT REALLY HAD EXPOSURE TO IT.ARE YOU DESCRIBED AS A BIT COMPETITVE BY FAMILIY OR FRIENDS?DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO TALK TO PEOPLE?CAN YOU TAKE INFORMATION IN REALITVELY QUICKLY? GOOD WITH NUMBERS?DO YOU LIKE FINDING SOLUTIONS TO FRIENDS OR SCHOOL WORK PROBLEMS?
10 Group Exercise What is it meant to assess: How you interact in a group/ How you work togetherHow you analyse problems and approach issuesNOT meant to assess: A ‘right’ answerTop Tips:Listen to instructions and do not speak with the assessors in the roomDraw quiet members into the discussionMake sure your body language & eye contact shows you are engagedDo not be overly dominantBalance making sure you make your point and are heard. However, know when you need to compromise (its about working together).NEVER rely on a group voteTake a lead (be a timekeeper, keeping on topic, recapping what has already been said, etc)HOW DO YOU FIT IN?WHAT CAN YOU BRING INTO THIS STRUCTURECONSIDER OUR VALUES AND WHAT WE LOOK FORYOU PROBABLY READ SOME OF THESE STRENGTHS AND THINK I AM NOT SURE IF I AM GOOD AT THESE THINGS OR EVEN IF I LIKE BEING KEPT BUSY AS HAVENT REALLY HAD EXPOSURE TO IT.ARE YOU DESCRIBED AS A BIT COMPETITVE BY FAMILIY OR FRIENDS?DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO TALK TO PEOPLE?CAN YOU TAKE INFORMATION IN REALITVELY QUICKLY? GOOD WITH NUMBERS?DO YOU LIKE FINDING SOLUTIONS TO FRIENDS OR SCHOOL WORK PROBLEMS?
11 Role Play or Presentation What does this look like?You will be given a business scenario and asked to prepare and present back on your own solutions.This will not require technical knowledge in MOST cases and will be doable even if you do not have a technical background.You will present to an assessor who will be playing a role and will challenge you on your answers11
12 Role Play or Presentation What it is meant to assess:Your understanding of issues and how youHow you build rapport and try to understand someone elses point of view.How you communicate your ideas verbally and can back them up.How you deal with challenges and reactHow you promote ideas, implement them, AND understand their impact.Top Tips:Ensure that you understand the issues presented and take the time allotted to plan your answers and structure of your presentationMake sure you cover all the points and information that has been askTry to understand the assessors point of view and what they are trying to achieve (remember, they are playing a role).Try to find the balance between compromising and giving into demands, and backing up your ideas and why you think they will work.Never read your speech or presentation verbatim.Introduce yourself and thank the assessor for their time.Use all materials available to you
13 Interviews What are they? One to one meeting with an assessor Using past experiences to explain how you exemplify behaviours (AKA Competencies) that are required for the role.How to prepare?Prepare examples of experiences that could demonstrate a range of different competencies (communication, thriving on pressure, commercial awareness, leadership, etc)Know why the company you are applying for interests you (RESEARCH.. And not just the website), know why the role interests you, and know why you are good for it.Make sure these examples come from a variety of sources (Uni, Sports teams, Work Life)Listen to the whole question, and if you need time to think about your answer… take it.Build rapport with your interviewer.Have questions prepared about the role. Do not ask about salary or holiday, etc. This information comes later.
14 Work out your strengths before your interview What are you good at and what do you enjoy?Think carefully These are all qualities/traits you may wish to demonstrate:Ambition and a strong desire to succeedConfidence when dealing with othersAbility to multitask and juggle different challenging projectsFulfilled by being busyDeveloped or keen to develop a network of useful contactsInquisitive and ask the right questionsAlso… ensure you demonstrates how your career aspirations fit with the programmeHOW DO YOU FIT IN?WHAT CAN YOU BRING INTO THIS STRUCTURECONSIDER OUR VALUES AND WHAT WE LOOK FORYOU PROBABLY READ SOME OF THESE STRENGTHS AND THINK I AM NOT SURE IF I AM GOOD AT THESE THINGS OR EVEN IF I LIKE BEING KEPT BUSY AS HAVENT REALLY HAD EXPOSURE TO IT.ARE YOU DESCRIBED AS A BIT COMPETITVE BY FAMILIY OR FRIENDS?DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO TALK TO PEOPLE?CAN YOU TAKE INFORMATION IN REALITVELY QUICKLY? GOOD WITH NUMBERS?DO YOU LIKE FINDING SOLUTIONS TO FRIENDS OR SCHOOL WORK PROBLEMS?
15 Types of Interviews Situational Questions – Hypothetical Situation “What would you do…?”Capability Questions – Recent Experience“Tell me about a time when….?”Technical Questions“What is an IPO?”Brain Teasers / Assumption Questions“How many tennis balls will fit in a 747?”
16 Example Interview Question How big is the market for light bulbs in the UK each year?Take me through how you would calculate this.
17 Example AnswerStep One- Identify Market Type / SizeStep Two- the number of people in the UK;- the number of households;- the number of rooms in a house; and- the number of lights per house and hence number of light bulbs in the UK- A candidate will then need to estimate the number / proportion of light bulbs that need to be replaced each year60 million people in the UK;3 people per house, implying 20m households – good candidates might point out that some families have second houses;rooms per house: 1 kitchen, 1 lounge, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet room - good candidates might point out that there is a garage, hallways, gardens, front door lights, lamps in each room;They then need to estimate the average number of light bulbs per room (but they should be able to defend their assumption);If they assume light bulbs are replaced on average every 1-3 years they should provide a “decent” answer
18 Example TwoIf the time is 03:15, how many degrees are between the minute hand and the hour hand of an analogue clock?
19 Example AnswerStep 1. The candidate should start by indicating that on a 12 hour analogue clock, there are 360 degrees, so one hour would equal 30 degrees (360/12 = 30)Steps 2-5. The candidate should then work through the positioning of each hand and calculate the difference in anglesStep 2. As the time is 03:15, the hour hand is a quarter way between 3 and 4 o’clock. As there are 30 degrees between each hour mark, then the hour hand would be at 90 degrees (30 x 3) degrees (1/4 * 30) = 97.5 degreesStep 3. As the time is 03:15, the minute hand would be a quarter of the way around the clock, so would be at a 90 degree angle (30 x (15/60)) = 90 degreesStep 4. The difference in angles is 97.5 – 90 = 7.5 degrees
20 Attributes for success What do I need to demonstrate to secure a position?At RBS, we look for the following attributes in potential interns and graduates:Strong academic backgroundStrong team playersPositive attitudeCommitment and driveInitiativeEntrepreneurial spirit and a passion to excelExcellent communication skillsAdaptability and flexibilityAbility to manage pressure and multi-taskDecision making skillsAnalytical skills and problem solving ability20
21 What does this mean for me after I finish University? We offer graduate programmes across four major areas of the business:Markets, Banking, Technology and Operations throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia PacificThe programmes vary in length but all programmes offer RBS graduates the following:Extensive technical and personal development trainingA buddy, line manager and mentorRegular rotations to ensure broad skill development and a diverse experience baseEvents to network and meet members within other areas of the business
22 Top Tips while studying Visit your Careers Service department in Term One, Year One of your degreeUtilise all that your Careers Service team can offer throughout your studies; advice, insight, recommendations and support.Join the relevant vocational Campus Societies e.g. Finance Society,Get to know the second, third and fourth years in your collegeAsk your friends/family for adviceWork out what you are good at and enjoy at UniversityAttend events and network with the business representatives there – ask questions!Use the internet to researchJoin corporate social networks (i.e. Facebook to gauge the feedback from other students)
23 Top Tips during the internship Making the best of the transition from University to work is often more challenging than you think.You will need to handle the tricky dichotomies of the corporate settingBe confident in your ability to perform the job yet demonstrate the fact that you understand you still have much to learnBe Proactive and eager to get involvedBe clear about how you are being assessed and who impacts your next steps
24 Top tips during the internship DressDress appropriately - always dress in good taste, make sure your clothes are in a presentable conditionNot always suits, some teams will have dress down Fridays but ALWAYS check and make sure you are certain you will not have meetings.PunctualityIn business time is money, respect other people’s timeAlways arrive at work and for meetings on time, if not a little bit earlyOrganisationBe prepared for meetings and always take a pen and pad with you.Manage your own diaryOffice GossipStay away from office gossip, don’t contribute to itHandshakeYes or No? Whatever you decide do it with confidence
25 Finally… Attention to detail is vital in all roles Be proactive – if you have nothing to do then ask, enthusiasm is keyBefore attending a presentation or networking event have thoughtful questions preparedDon’t spend your time surfing the web or on your iphoneBuild rapport and be nice with Reception staff, desk assistants, presentation teamKeep an eye on how much you drink at event – your glass will get topped up so don’t loose trackEnjoy it!