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Consultant at CHP Consulting
at Alfa

What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
This depends on my current project, but at the moment, I am working on a big migration, merging the portfolios of two companies onto our software. My main duties are: - to correspond with the testers on a daily basis, be it face-to-face or via email if necessary - ensure that any confusion is avoided by using clear, layman's terms for technical aspects (harder than it sounds!) - investigate any defects raised and either explain the data if it is correct, or fix the code if necessary - control the release of code and data into the test systems
What are the main positives and negatives to your job?
Number one is definitely the people that I work with. Everyone who works at CHP is lovely to work with and I see a fair number of people outside of work too. The company really looks after me. HR are fantastic and immediately respond to any unhappiness. After major milestones or projects, people who have worked on that area are rewarded with a "jolly" - a few weeks ago I went to Cyprus for an all-expenses paid, 5 star, 4 day trip with 50 other employees. Great fun!
What qualifications and skills are needed to be great at this job?
Grade 2:1 min, any subject, any university, although an interest in both Finance and IT is advisable.
Describe the perfect person for this job
Must be willing to travel within the UK (huge bonus for me) and must be fun, personable and a genuine person
In what ways has the reality of your job differed from your prior expectations?
I've found it more interesting than I thought I was going to. - I have always been based on a client side, which I love and really didn't expect.
What advice would you give to candidates applying for a similar role at this company
Do your research into our systems, and always say if you don't know the answer - you aren't expected to know everything! Also, try to just relax and be personable and confident - it is a skill that the interviewers look for
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With the benefit of hindsight, would you choose to do this job again?
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Date of Review: 26th Jul 2010
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