What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
The best things are the variety of things you do on a daily basis and the amount you learn and the diversity of skills you pick up in a very short period of time - lots of days I leave work having learned how to do something I didn't know how to do the day before. You constantly push your own limits professionally.
The two worst things about the job, for me, are work life balance (hours can get really long) as well as interest in work (even though tasks tend to be varied and interesting and you're always solving difficult problems), the subject matter itself can be tedious unless you're really interested in the business/sector you're working in.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £45,000 - £47,000
Current salary: £49,000 - £51,000
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
Prepare! Do practice case studies before the real deal. Always think before you speak - this is a skill which not many people naturally have, make sure to practice it before you do an interview. Always sense-check your answers - is what you are saying reasonable? Does it make sense?
Do you have any interview tips?
Interviews follow a pretty standard consulting interview pattern - CV chats, case studies, and finally a partner presentation with some prep time. Our interviewers are generally nice and helpful, we're not trying to make you fail. In general, being reasonable and showing you can think in a structured way is more important than getting to the right answer. Always read all the information you're given, ask sensible questions, sense-check your answers, and engage with the interviewer. Preparation is key: practice mental maths (especially under pressure!), case studies, as well as open-ended qualitative "so what" questions. Make sure to prepare for the CV chat as well. Lots of people struggle providing coherent answers to very simple questions. Even if a question is straightforward and you know what you'd like to answer, take a second to structure your response before you launch into it. And finally, be friendly and communicative! We are looking for nice colleagues who are capable of working in teams. Not being able to take direction from the interviewer, or not being able to ask sensible questions if you're unsure of something, is a bad sign.
Graduate Civil Engineer, Rail at Arcadis