Introducing a New Team Member – Alex

Hi everyone, I’m Alex and I’ve recently joined the team at Spilling the Beans. I look forward to answering your queries and filling you in on the fine details of life here at Grant Thornton.

I began working in Corporate Audit in the Birmingham office in August 2012 after securing a place in February. If you would like to know more about my background, check out my profile on the Team Profiles page, but I thought I would give you some tips on applying for the role and a glimpse of the things I’ve been getting up to whilst at the firm.

Spilling the Beans was an important part of my research into Grant Thornton and the advice certainly helped me secure the job. So if you are about to apply for a role I would recommend scouring all the past blogs for any information that may give you the edge in terms of Grant Thornton knowledge.

Turning up to the regular Grant Thornton career events is another great way to learn about the firm and is useful to bring up during your interview in order to prove your interest in the firm. If an event is not held at your institution try to attend one at a nearby university.

When you reach interview stage, it’s important to emphasize the reason you chose our firm. There is plenty of information on the website to read through, and a number of graduate advice websites that have further information on the company and the various roles you can apply for. It’s also important to demonstrate a good level of knowledge of the professional services industry and the wider UK economy.

You will also need to show a focus on working in your chosen service line (audit, tax etc). Candidates that appear to have cast their net widely in applying for graduate roles tend not to get very far. So ensure you are committed to starting a career in the role. And you may be asked what other positions you’ve applied for!

During my time here at Grant Thornton I’ve had the chance to work in a range of areas that wouldn’t have been possible at most of our competitors.

I have worked with the Business Development team to research potential new clients for the firm, producing a document listing 15 companies I believed would be appropriate for our partners to target. I chose and have also taken part in the recruitment process for the firm, attending three universities to promote Grant Thornton.

Although I work principally with profit making private companies I have also worked for charities and a number of my peers have had the opportunity to work at public sector clients.

Throw in the fact that we are required to complete a secondment to another service line (typically Corporate Finance,Recovery and Reorganisation or Tax) and you can see the diversity of opportunities here.

The experience I have gained in the last five months has surpassed my expectations and I genuinely enjoy the work I do.

Feel free to comment below if you have any further questions or add me on LinkedIn.

3 thoughts on “Introducing a New Team Member – Alex

  1. avatarMJaye

    Hey,

    I think its great that we’ve got all this information to help us through the application process!

    In terms of them asking about where else you’ve applied, does it look bad if you haven’t applied anywhere else?

    Or is that just more of a passing question out of curiosity, and it shouldn’t make a difference?

    Thanks, and thanks for the advice!

    Jaye

  2. avatarAlex Post author

    Hi Jaye,

    Glad you found the advice useful!

    I think it would depend on your reason for not applying elsewhere, but they may question your commitment to working in the area if you haven’t applied for other similar roles.

    I personally believe it could be perceived as slightly naive to only apply for one job, otherwise it may seem like you are not 100% sure you want to enter graduate employment.

    Hope this helps! and feel free to ask me any further questions.

    Alex

  3. avatarJaye

    Hi

    I’ve actually applied for an internship, and I have applied elsewhere, I just wondered if they take your answer into consideration or if it wasn’t relevant!

    Thanks for the reply 🙂

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