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DHL Supply Chain

Finance Graduate, BA Catering at DHL Supply Chain

Application Advice: Understand the need to be flexible

Interview Advice: Come prepared, speak up within the activities

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Reinsurance Broker, Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be honest in what you say you can do and achieve.

Interview Advice: Be honest again and be yourself, your integrity is key.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial Management at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Highlight your past experience and try to tailor it to the role you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Prepare, prepare, prepare! Don't dig yourself a hole in an interview by saying that you know all the details, you will eventually get caught out.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Insurance Graduate, Chief Executive at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Know the company principles.

Interview Advice: Know the company principles/strategy. Anything recent in the news regarding the company is also good to show you've done your research. Demonstrate your passion for Allianz and why you want to work for them and not a competitor.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Broker, Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Research the role and the industry, what current topics are being discussed, show you've done your research.

Interview Advice: Interview skills focus more on your soft skills, whether you can hold a conversation, be polite and interesting.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Broker Markets at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Give the recruiters a call after submitting the application. This will make your name stand out in a long list of applicants.

Interview Advice: At Allianz people are incredibly supportive and friendly. If you show the personality that would fit in this type of environment, it will make the recruiters' job easier. Confidence, professionalism and friendly attitude throughout the process will increase your chances of securing the job with Allianz.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Analytics Manager, Digital and Smart Analytics at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be proactive, organized You should like innovation and data analytics Technical capabilities are welcomed Networking and be a good presenter

Interview Advice: I was given a business case to analyze. Nothing technical, but using common sense and previous experiences to answer correctly and in line with the question.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Investment Analyst, Investments at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Show personality and dependability.

Interview Advice: Be confident and chatty. Ask questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Graduate Data Scientist, Risk Management IT at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be creative!

Interview Advice: Be yourselves!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Business Recovery Administrator, Business Recovery at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be straight to the point.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Mangement Graduate, Rotational at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Try to ensure you understand the company and use this knowledge when responding to the questions.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - having a personality is just as important as ticking the boxes.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Sales & Agency at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Do your research on the company and find out what its values are

Interview Advice: Be yourself and ask questions at the end

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACA Audit Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: To not underestimate the ACA exams. Have a good work/life balance and ensure you have a hobby/interest outside of work and studying as this will help keep you fit and motivated.

Interview Advice: More about why ACA and why the firm and how you fit into the firm's values.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Pro-Recruitment Group

A D, Tax PP at Pro-Recruitment Group

Application Advice: Know that it's a sales environment.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Use NFUM's personal star as a basis for your application, include a cover letter as well as any other info they request.

Interview Advice: Be clear and confident. Don't be afraid to say you don't know.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Create an engaging application, this isn't your typical finance and insurance company. They are much more interested in the individual.

Interview Advice: Check out the company website and read the prep information they provide thoroughly. Questions will be based on this framework.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Underwriting and Management Information at Allianz Insurance

Interview Advice: Familiarise yourself with the insurance industry and the role you are applying for. Learning about the current and future issues that the market faces is a great way to see if insurance is something you might be interested in.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Various at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be very clear on why you want to work for Allianz, why the insurance industry and why the graduate scheme you have selected.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Financial Analyst, Finance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure to research Allianz Insurance specifically instead of focusing purely on the Allianz Group.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Focus on how you can add value to the company.

Interview Advice: Confidence is key.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Underwriter, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make those connections early with Allianz eg. contact HR if you have any queries, as they are more than happy to help. Show that you are enthusiastic about the role and to be part of the Allianz community.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the interview and assessment centre stage eg research the market, any trends in the market, projects that Allianz have been working on and what they are like as a company. Be smiley and enthusiastic.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Financial Services Sales, Head Office at NFU Mutual

Interview Advice: Make it known that if you're not the most clued up on the industry, that you're willing to learn and have a passion for both putting people at the heart of what you do.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Underwriter, Commercial Insurance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you understand the role you are applying for, tailor your CV and cover letter accordingly.

Interview Advice: Research the company, including competitors, core values, and the industry as a whole. Also, look at upcoming issues in the industry and things that may challenge businesses in the industry. Have a think about the standard interview questions and prepare answers relating to the company and your personal experiences.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Digital Distribution Analyst, iptiQ at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Prepare very well for the interviews, research about the company. It is a great opportunity, be ready.

Interview Advice: Research about the company and the role.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

IT Audit Professional Trainee, Internal Audit at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: The process can be long and unclear so be patient.

Interview Advice: Make sure you reference some role specific aspects in your answers.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Management at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Research and prepare.

Interview Advice: Use the STAR response to answer questions. Most are competency-based questions so have lots of examples ready.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Senior Actuarial Analyst, Life & Health Business Management at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Apply for more than one Graduate position.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Technical Graduate, Technical at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Patience is key.

Interview Advice: Be honest, build rapport with the interviewers to make yourselves and the interviewers comfortable.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Sales and Agency at NFU Mutual

Interview Advice: Confidence and honesty.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Corporate Finance Analyst, Corporate Finance at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Give details of related experience

Interview Advice: Be honest throughout the process and give good and detailed examples for competency based questions

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Private Client Tax Trainee, Tax at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Give relevant examples to competency-based questions and research well beforehand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Underwriting Graduate, Marine at Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Application Advice: Do as much research about the industry and company as possible.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't be too serious.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

HR Coordinator, Human Resources at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Don't get complacent when writing multiple applications. It may take longer to complete an application, but the chances of being successful are much greater!

Interview Advice: Be prepared! Research the company and the role, come equipped with your own ideas and questions, and make sure to practice possible questions beforehand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACCA Business Recovery Trainee, Business Recovery at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take your time completing your application, and get straight to the point.

Interview Advice: Be confident and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Private Client Tax Trainee, Private Client Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: For all applications, tailor your CV properly and write an accurate cover letter.

Interview Advice: In order to prepare for the interview, I would recommend searching for examples in regards to the firm's values as you will be asked to demonstrate these in particular. Other than that, I would recommend being yourself and a bit more relaxed. I felt very comfortable and it does reflect on how you represent yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACA Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Research the company in preparation for the video interview

Interview Advice: Understand Menzies values

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Group Change at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: There are a huge number of applicants for roles at NFU Mutual so competition is fierce. Make sure you are passionate about the company and the role you are applying for. It may be a cliché, but it’s a very common pitfall. Explain why the company excites you and why it will help you grow and develop. Know your stuff - about the role and the company. Applicants who have actually done their research on the role and company they are applying for impress recruiters. It shows they are keen and have the right attitude for the workplace. Take a look at their website, see what they've been doing over the past few years and what they plan to do in the future. Not only this, but research the industry the company operates in. What are the trends that may affect them in the next few years? Be you! It may sound really simple, but just be yourself. You will get the most out of the experience by being you. Be honest about who you are and your experiences and be open to new opportunities.

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the employer again. Remind yourself of what you learnt when you made the original job application and build upon it. Have things changed since then? See what things the company are involved in and think about how you could contribute to this. Think about yourself and your unique skills. The interviews at NFU Mutual are based upon the Personal Star (Google this!), a competency-based framework allowing you to demonstrate past experience that aligns with our principles. Make sure you have questions prepared for the interviewer. Everyone thinks that the interview is a test to make sure the candidate is the right fit for the company. Although this is true, it is also a test that the company is the right place for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, but make sure you have done your research beforehand (if you could find the answer to your question on the Internet, you are demonstrating that you haven't prepared).

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACCA Trainee, Accounts and Business Services at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: I was referred by a colleague so my application was different from others, so I do not have anything to comment on their usual application process.

Interview Advice: Understand your own goals and what you want to achieve at Menzies.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Insolvency Trainee, Business Recovery at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: To make sure you are honest with yourself and that this is an industry you would like to progress in.

Interview Advice: Remain calm and remind yourself that you are talking to humans and not robots. This is to emphasise that you are involved in human interaction and must use it to find out what you want from the company as well as what you can offer.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Liberty Global

Finance Graduate – Financial Control, Financial Control at Liberty Global

Interview Advice: Be confident and enthusiastic. Do some further research on the company and their current projects.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit Trainee, Audit and Accounts at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Menzies' core values are at the heart of the questions asked.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduates at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Interview Advice: Know the company values and consider how you have aligned to them in the past.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduates at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Read the TMK website and gather as much information as you can. Understand the company's values and why they are important.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and try to relay why you think you're a good match to the company.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Graduate at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Be thorough, a well-written application with different experiences in different sectors will help you to stand out and is well regarded in interviews. Also, prepare well for the competency tests as a lower score may be the difference in getting to a final interview or not.

Interview Advice: Relax, everyone is very friendly and not trying to trip you up, they want to know your personal side as well. Interviewers will understand that you may not have any experience in the insurance industry but as long as you can show you are willing to learn and adaptable then you can perform well in the graduate scheme.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Practice the online tests beforehand

Interview Advice: Be yourself Know your strengths and weaknesses Have an awareness of how the company is structured as it has quite a unique model

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Have some sort of relevant experience/rural understanding. These are target customers so it's good to understand them.

Interview Advice: Learn the mutual stars and have competencies from everyday life, work and university.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Sales and Business Management, Sales at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Prepare yourself but don't panic.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show the interviewers who they would be employing.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Customer Service Division Graduate, Customer Relationship Team at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: - research the company thoroughly

Interview Advice: - be yourself

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Sales & Agency at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be yourself, do your company research and show your full potential.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Sales at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Show yourself off to the best of your ability because the only person who knows how good you are at this point is you! Don't undersell yourself.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! They are looking for your personality and qualities not necessarily how much you know about the industry as they will provide lots of training to bring you up to speed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Compliance Professional Trainee, Compliance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: I'd advise a good cover letter about why you want to work at the mutual and show you've done research.

Interview Advice: Make sure you understand their personal star so you can relate to it in your interview answers. In the group activity try to be confident but listen to what people have to say and think outside the box.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Audit Professional Trainee, Audit at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be honest. Outline all skills and hobbies whether they are job-related or not.

Interview Advice: Understand the company and the way it operates. Be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Grant Thornton UK LLP

Audit Associate, Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you look into exactly what the role requires and offers as Audit/Accountancy isn't for everyone.

Interview Advice: Just make sure you're fully integrated with what the role and organisation requires and you will be fine.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Grant Thornton UK LLP

Tax Associate, Corporate Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you use examples that clearly demonstrate you are aligned with GT's values. These can be from uni, school or just everyday life!

Interview Advice: Be relevant, use the CLEARR values religiously, research about the firm and our upcoming goals, research about the culture here. Have some commercial awareness but don't worry about having to know everything that is going on in the news! For example - if you are applying for an audit role - you should be aware that GT no longer pitch for FTSE 350 audits etc.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Larking Gowen

ACA Trainee, Farms and Landed Estates at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Apply early once applications open. Have good examples for scenario questions.

Interview Advice: Be familiar with the accounting qualifications and training available. Awareness of current business issues in the news would be beneficial. Prepare examples to use in scenario based questions and take the chance to ask questions about the role.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Analyst, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Think practicalities and reality of the world - same issues at as in education - mistakes, the timing of work, team communication, but the stakes are higher as external clients.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, and imagine already working at the office. Answer all questions from a practical and logical perspective.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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MHA Larking Gowen

Accountant, Farms and Landed Estates at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Do work experience in similar roles

Interview Advice: N/A - did not have an interview

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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MHA Larking Gowen

Accounts Assistant, Farms and landed estates at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Don't just discuss your academic achievements, your personality is just as important.

Interview Advice: Read up about the firm and their values.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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MHA Larking Gowen

Audit Assistant, Corporate Audit and Advisory at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Research the company to gain an understanding of the different departments and offices, as well as the company culture and competencies MHA Larking Gowen are looking for.

Interview Advice: Prepare examples of where you have demonstrated the key competencies of the firm ie. a passion for people. Demonstrate you are able to work as a team and approach the tasks given logically as opposed to worrying if you understand the content technically.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Give as much evidence as you can for transferrable skills, you don't need to have worked in or even have much knowledge of insurance to apply. Allianz are looking for people who are willing to learn and have some transferable skills which will make you a good fit for a fast paced industry such as insurance.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, Allianz looks for people who will fit in the company culture. They don't mind if you don't know certain things as long as you are willing and capable to learn. Being yourself will mean you come off better. Initial interview was based around your skills and how you can show these with previous examples of work you have done/things you have taken part in. For the assessment day, you can't really prepare for this so don't stress. Do some preparation on the insurance industry in general and some basic insurance info as you will likely be asked on things to do with Allianz and competitors. Apart from this, just revise what you went over in your initial interview so you have that to fall back on if questioned.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Analyst, Investments – Advisory at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be passionate and honest about your reasons for choosing WTW. Also be sure that you would like to study CFA/FIA.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! The interviewers were very open and friendly - a lot more interested in getting to know the real you. This company is looking for whether they would fit your needs as well as whether you would fit theirs. The AC has many parts beyond the interview and includes a group exercise.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Actuarial Analyst – Retirement, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Always remember the STAR technique when answering questions about competencies. Practice lots before doing the psychometric tests - that's the best way to get more comfortable with the type of questions that may come up, and you'll find yourself being able to answer the questions naturally after doing many of these tests.

Interview Advice: Get comfortable with talking to your laptop, for the digital interview. I know it can be quite weird, but you just have to pretend that you are talking to someone, and answer like you would if there was someone sitting in front of you. I actually didn't think about this earlier, but you can always pretend that you are speaking to a friend that you would find it easy to respond to in an interview style. Also, irrespective of the interview, just be 100% yourself. If you can do that, you've already won half the battle.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Group Finance Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Don't rush the process whilst not over thinking it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Services Divison at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Really get to grips with the company ethics and how you think you can add value under these. Understand the role and what it means to be a professional trainee, and provide clear examples of how you have done this. Also show how and where you're keen to develop, and how you think the role can do this.

Interview Advice: At the assessment centres, really demonstrate you understand the company and its core customers. Think about what may be important to them- but also noting our growing customer base. Also, display knowledge of the particular markets we sell to.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Read up on company strategy and understand the values.

Interview Advice: Practice interview questions and relate experiences to how they have shown the values of NFUM.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be prepared for a long drawn out process.

Interview Advice: Have examples ready for customer ethics, know a bit about the company. Given some information about 'star qualities' in advance that you had to prepare for, make sure to use a range of examples from work, social life and university.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Sales and Agency at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Get your applications in as early as possible to give yourself time to think about your answers and attain any help or advice that you may require in order to successfully complete the application process.

Interview Advice: Use lots of examples to demonstrate your skill and experience. It also makes it easier if you can apply a question or an answer to an experience, to make it more applicable to you. Stay as calm as you can, take your time to answer the question, don't just rush the answer to fill the silence. If you are unsure about the question, just ask the interviewer to repeat to give yourself more time to think.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Siemens

Business Performance Controller, Finance at Siemens

Application Advice: Be honest and enthusiastic.

Interview Advice: Show your passions be open for challenges

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

IT Professional trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Do your research, about IT, the NFU Mutual, insurance companies and be sure to convey that you are both capable and competent.

Interview Advice: Prepare good examples for the interview and do your best to follow the STAR format. Prepare, and do your best to make a good impression.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Analyst, Corporate Development at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Try to understand what the job is about. It is important to understand the company's culture. Soft factors play a central role. Talk to Swiss Re employees if possible

Interview Advice: Be authentic. Team skills are very important. There is no ideal candidate. It depends on the team composition. Be curious. Ask questions about the job and the business.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Corporate Development Manager, Finance Corporate Solutions at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Interview Advice: Demonstrate can-do-attitude, hands-on mentality, flexible, eager to learn.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Make sure your CV/Application uses key works from the application and spend time on your cover letter.

Interview Advice: Practice competency questions and the 'star' technique.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Financial Analyst, Finance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Try to show consistency in your CV - it has to show what is your goal.

Interview Advice: Be concise and to the point.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Make sure you research the company and what types of insurance the company offers. The website provides a lot of information, including articles that have been written by current employees about developments in the insurance industry.

Interview Advice: Be honest when answering the interview questions, and try to show your reasoning for any of the answers you provide.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Property & Casualty Development Underwriter, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: If this is the job you want, make sure to apply for other graduate schemes in a similar sector first - having an understanding of psychometric tests is important and you will need to practice this first.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - do not try to come across as better than others.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Research Allianz extensively.

Interview Advice: Try and be relaxed and come across as yourself. Be personable and relatable.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Insurance Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Understand why you want to work for Allianz specifically.

Interview Advice: Learn the Allianz People Attributes Learn the Allianz products Learn the market Understand what motivates you

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Research the industry heavily, find topics that the company are working on now.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Underwriter, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Tailor application to the role being applied for - there are lots of applications so generic ones will likely be sifted out.

Interview Advice: Research the company before the telephone interview: -competitors -markets offered -company values -broker partners partner (then usual competency questions)

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Finance Graduate, Technical Accounts at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: My advice would be to research both Allianz and the Insurance industry before applying. By showing in your application that you have researched crucial areas such as Solvency II, the Ogden rate and IFRS 17 you will highlight to Allianz that you are a candidate worth progressing and investing in.

Interview Advice: The interview focusses primarily on Allianz's people attributes; Customer and Market Excellence, Collaborative Leadership, Trust and Entrepreneurship, so examples of times when you have shown your proficiency in these areas are crucial. However, it is also important to have a good understanding of Allianz, their competitors and factors currently affecting the Industry.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be professional and link to experiences.

Interview Advice: Link all your answers to experiences and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate, Actuarial & Analytics at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Research the company values and strategy and consider these when preparing your application.

Interview Advice: Prepare to explain why you are interested in this company, the insurance industry and the department you are applying for. Make sure to fully believe your answers. Learn how to give an engaging presentation and explain concepts simply.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Take your time when applying and think about what you want to say before you submit your application.

Interview Advice: Do your research about the company and its star qualities!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Market Representative, Reinsurance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Highlight the value you think you can bring to the job you are applying to as well as to the company.

Interview Advice: Inform yourself about the company, prepare a couple of questions/discussion topics.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Graduate – Financial Analyst, Accounting & Insurance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Already having an experience (internship, apprenticeship track, temporary contract, etc.) in the sector is a great asset.

Interview Advice: Be curious about the insurance and reinsurance world.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Financial Analyst, Reinsurance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Enjoy the assessment centre as it's one of the most unique assessments you'll attend.

Interview Advice: Mainly consisted of questions based on the current reinsurance market, Swiss Re's current interest and general role-related questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Underwriting Strategy Analyst, Group Underwriting at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Read the SwissRe Intro Guide to Reinsurance, get an understanding of what the company does in advance.

Interview Advice: If you were to develop an app, what would this be? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduates at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Make clear why you want this particular grad scheme

Interview Advice: Read up on TMK and market events/news

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ATT Tax Trainee, Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be confident & friendly, do your research on the company and role before and ask questions.

Interview Advice: If the individual is relocating ask how they plan to relocate, if they know anyone in the area etc, this was briefly asked to me, and I think it is important that the individual has a plan to move if they are successful with the job application.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACA Trainee Audit and Accounts, Audit and Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take your time to research the company before doing the virtual interview. And don't panic, it will feel strange but that's okay.

Interview Advice: Take your time answering interview questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Senior, Private Client at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Research into the company and the various benefits it offers, make sure this suits you and is what you want.

Interview Advice: Know the company you are applying to and its core values. Show how you can apply these values to yourself. The employer will know you have researched the company this way and it shows that you have made the extra effort.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Assistant, Corporate Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Learn the company values and BRIGHTer thinking.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACA Trainee – Audit, Audit at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: - Be targeted about what you want from the role - Be yourself, don't just focus on work - Be prepared to talk about the company

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take time to work on your application and reasons why you want to work for Menzies as this shows you are serious about your career.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. This comes across much more genuine than trying to make yourself appear the ideal candidate.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Corporate Tax Assistant, Corporation Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Prepare for the tests. Understand the company and their values.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - don't give fake answers. Menzies are a personal company and are more interested in you and what you bring. Once you get to that interview stage you'll be just as well qualified as the others you go up against so it's about showing who you are to them and why they should hire you.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Graduate ACA Trainee, Audit and Assurance at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Make sure you can align yourself to the firm in terms of their core values and be able to demonstrate this, with examples.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACA Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Focus on Menzies' Brighter Thinking. Think about how the attributes and ideas behind each of the principals fits you and how you think it applies to the role and the company.

Interview Advice: Bright values are important to the firm. Your personality and goals are important to whether you are the right fit as well as your work and academic credentials. My interview involved mostly typical competency questions such as why I would be a fit for the role and, what I could bring, naming a time I've dealt with pressure or led a project, team or group.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Trainee (ACA), Audit & Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Know the company values, practice assessment centre scenarios.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Outside work hobbies are key and what they teach you. Be relaxed in the interview.

Interview Advice: Can't remember - but I had to give a presentation about myself which was quite hard to big myself up but also rewarding because it makes you think about what you have achieved.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Trainee, Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Focus on the companies ethos and how you resonate with it and its values.

Interview Advice: Speak clearly, no fidgeting hands, eye contact.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Persevere! Having graduated 8 years ago, I have had a couple of other roles since university and the recruitment process for NFU Mutual was without a doubt the lengthiest and most rigorous I have faced to so far. (I think it took around 8 months from my initial application to an actual job offer!). There were several points along the way that I thought that they must no longer be interested, but it's was purely that the process is slow and communication a little sporadic which I think is a reflection of the high volume of applications. This has only been my experience of the recruitment process though; since being offered the job communication has been fantastic every step of the way.

Interview Advice: Easy to say but be yourself. The environment at NFU is professional but relaxed and they value individual differences much more than other companies I've worked for. I got the impression at the assessment day that they were really looking for people who had integrity so don't try to pretend to be something you're not! I had two interviews with the company and in the first one I spent so much time worrying about what I thought they'd want to hear, rather than what I actually had to say, that I made a bit of a mess of it! Second time round I worried a lot less about the answer they were looking for and found my answers were a lot more natural and sincere so they got to see the real me, rather than the rehearsed answers I'd given before.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Prepare well for the video interview, have notes off camera which you can refer to, to remind yourself what to say. Dress smart and remember to smile. At the assessment centre, be confident and be yourself. Make sure you are well prepared for your presentation, have chosen topics which are relevant to the company and have thoroughly researched to be able to answer questions afterwards.

Interview Advice: Research the company well and understand their values. Come well prepared with examples of answers to usual competency type questions, such as examples of when you have worked well in a team or lead a group project etc. Research the qualifications provided and be able to justify why you want to do them and how they will benefit you.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

FinTech Expert, Asset Management IT at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: It was more important to signal the motivation rather than to have a perfectly fitting CV.

Interview Advice: I was asked motivation questions, questions about my CV and some background questions to the financial industry.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Professional Trainee Scheme at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Make sure you know about the business, do your research. Lack of knowledge about insurance isn't necessarily a bad thing however you must know about the company and what makes us different.

Interview Advice: - Show your personality, NFUM are looking for the right motivated attitude. - Do your company research before. - Think of examples from past jobs and university/ school that will impress. - Research interview techniques and practice questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Take you time and think about the questions Research the company beforehand

Interview Advice: Prepare scenarios and examples!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Trend Spotting Analyst, at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Have a good motivation for why you are interested in both the graduate program and the position

Interview Advice: Be yourself, cultural fit is important

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Intern, Finance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Read broadly on finance in reinsurance, know your stuff!

Interview Advice: Be confident, read on reinsurance and know the difference between insurance and reinsurance.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Business Development Analyst, Business Development at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Network beforehand and understand the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Interview Advice: Be prepared and really be able to answer why you want to work in Reinsurance. Most importantly, be genuine and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Graduate Finance Assistant, Finance Department- Business Insight at Compass Group UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Don't focus purely on your degree as an achievement. You need to show that you are well rounded and have interests & accomplishments in other areas of your life.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Again, don't just talk about your degree if asked what you are proud of/ best achievement etc. If asked about weaknesses, state your weakness(es) but also how you are working to improve them.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

CS Ops Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Don't hold back, share all of your successes and be honest about your desire to learn, progress and develop.

Interview Advice: Prepare well by reading up on the Star Profiles (particularly the Personal Star). Do some background reading about the company - what does it mean to be a 'Mutual Company'? What does the structure of the company look like? What does our agency network look like? Take a look at the NFU Mutual website and start to get an understanding of how important it is that we deliver world class customer service.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Finance Assistant, Restaurant Associates at Compass Group UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Practice for the online tests - each question is timed, rather than the whole set of questions, so it puts on a lot of pressure.

Interview Advice: Understand financials in a business sense, from sales to the bottom line profit. The company always has a new initiative or something new in the media, keep up to date with this.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Virgin Media

Finance Graduate, Finance at Virgin Media

Application Advice: Do your research!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, do your research, don't sit in the background in group task, make sure you contribute

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Finance Professional Trainee, Finanace at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Read up on how NFU Mutual use the star qualities framework and how you can show that you have these qualities - give examples. Make it obvious that you know them and that you can portray these qualities.

Interview Advice: Finance in particular - make sure you have a look at the annual reports and be aware of certain figures.. eg. annual profit. Understand the star qualities and make sure you have examples of how you can show this. Use the STAR method situation task action result AND what you would do differently.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Actuarial Analyst, L&H Business Management – Actuarial Management at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: you have the possibility to apply for up to 3 roles, check if there's more than one that you would be interested in and apply. If so, you will still get the opportunity to do a rotation in different teams

Interview Advice: be yourself, teamfit can be very important in the process

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Actuary Pricing Tools, P&C Centre at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Don't try to pretend to know more than you actually know. Prepare your CV well and try to get some key insights into the Reinsurance business before going to the interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Interview Advice: Research the company and the insurance market.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: - Allow your personality to come across in your application. - Research the company beforehand, many of the questions asked focus upon your understanding of the company and its ethos. - If you can, arrange to meet with someone from the area of the business you're looking to apply for. Graduate schemes are highly competitive, so anything you can do to set yourself apart is great. - You'll be required to take Maths and English tests, utilise the practice papers supplied, this is often where candidates trip up as they think they've got it in the bag.

Interview Advice: - NFU Mutual use Star Qualities, read these thoroughly before attending the interview. - Compile a few examples that you can utilise within the interview. But don't just stick to a script. - Customer service is central to everything the company does, so always bring your responses back to how what you did helped the 'customer'.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Fleet Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Read the questions carefully, draft your answers before you submit and give clear examples.

Interview Advice: Read up on the company and the insurance sector as a whole beforehand, think about why you want to work for Allianz and what motivates you as an individual, and have some good examples to hand of times where you've overcome an obstacle or worked effectively within a team. Try to enjoy it and just be yourself. My interview honestly felt more like a chat and that the company were just keen to get to know me - it went by in a flash!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Finance Analyst, Finance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Do not rush the application, spend a lot of time going through and checking small errors like spelling and grammar. Try to use unique examples to allow you to stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! An interview is designed to make sure you are suitable for the company but also that the company is suitable to you. Make sure that you have researched the company in depth and know if there are any current developments occurring as well as competitors and products provided by the company.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Smith & Williamson

Trainee Chartered Accountant, Assurance and Business Services at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Make sure you have a sound understanding of all of the businesses in the company

Interview Advice: One competency based interview, the other more of a chat

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Smith & Williamson

Tax Trainee, BTAX at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Do your research and speak to some trainees in the department you want to work in.

Interview Advice: Get up to date on recent legislation and work out why you want to work for S&W over other companies and why you would be a good fit?

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Smith & Williamson

Trainee Chartered Accountant, Assurance and business services at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Research what the job entails

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Smith & Williamson

Tax trainee, Business Tax at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Research into the company before hand and be familiar with what roles you may need to take on for the job.

Interview Advice: Research as commercial awareness will be assessed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Smith & Williamson

Trainee Chartered Accountant – Audit, Audit at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Take time to answer all application questions thoroughly as they will read your answers. Do lots of research about the role/department you apply for to make sure you know what to expect and decide for yourself why you want to be in this role. Also, do lots of research into the company's values and culture and make sure you're happy to work in that environment.

Interview Advice: Be yourself in the interview and be honest about your career aspirations. Ask questions about the role and the department you are applying for - show an interest.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Grant Thornton UK LLP

Associate, Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Take time to understand GT's CLEARR values .

Interview Advice: Relax, they're not trying to catch you out.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Apply even if you feel you do not have a chance of attaining the job. Prior experience is not crucial here as we employ people not statistics.

Interview Advice: Be confident, think outside of the box and learn about the company prior to interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Have an understanding of the company, its products, competitors, and the wider industry.

Interview Advice: I was asked questions about the company, my understanding of the role, what was important to me, as well as competency based questions. However, the interview also comprised a presentation, role play, and problem solving exercise. I would advise to let your personality shine through.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commerical Insurance Graduate, Commercial Insurance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be yourself, the job involves a lot of talking to both brokers, seniors and colleagues so show your personality. Know the business and also the industry, focus on any issues that could be impacting the industry in the future.

Interview Advice: Be confident in your ability, know your subject and be prepared.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be yourself and be prepared to work hard for the first two years as they will be tough on the graduate scheme.

Interview Advice: Ensure that you are keeping up-to-date with the news and also make sure that you do your research on the company before your interview!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Hays

Hays

Application Advice: Show your interest in getting into recruitment, but do the research of what the day job is and what are the main skills needed for the role and show examples of these easily.

Interview Advice: Show interest, be yourself, personality is key here along with the passion of wanting to work here and gain business. What are the main skills a recruitment consultant would need? How can you demonstrate you have these skills? Why recruitment? Why Hays? What do you think the typical day looks like? etc.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Outsourcing Assistant, Outsourcing at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take your time in applying to ensure you have given all the relevant information to the firm and to ensure your application is the best you can possibly produce.

Interview Advice: Research the company in great detail. Practice responses to frequently asked interview questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Underwriter, Property and Casualty at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Consider if you definitely want to be an underwriter first or whether you want to experience the wider business. The underwriting scheme is great if you want to be technical from day one but gives less exposure to the wider business and network. The rotational scheme gives you a better exposure to business leaders but makes you a jack of all trades.

Interview Advice: Understand your CV in detail and be able to talk about all aspects of it as well as any gaps. Research about our competitors, our key partners and brokers and know about current projects or 'Allianz News.'

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Assistant, Personal Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Make CV relevant to the position you are applying, tailor for each separate application.

Interview Advice: Be confident in yourself, believe you are right for the role.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Any experience you can gain in the sector will be viewed as a positive, having had none myself, an internship proved a great way to learn about the sector before applying for the scheme.

Interview Advice: Prepare - learn about the insurance market - before the interviews. Learn about products offered, competitors, market position and company values.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Insurance Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Have some relevant experience.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Interview Advice: Treat it like a conversation rather than a grilling and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Do your research around the company and the industry.

Interview Advice: Do your research around the company and the industry, but also ensure you are comfortable answering the usual competency questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

ACCA Trainee – Insolvency Administrator, Transaction Services – Business Recovery at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Be yourself. The firm is looking for personality!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Willis Towers Watson

Actuarial Analyst, Insurance, Consulting and Technology at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Re-read the application for silly mistakes - it does not make a good impression if there are lots of silly mistakes.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - they want to find out if you would fit in well at the company! Smile. Make an effort to chat to people and make sure you do some preparation for the day.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Technical at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Really spend time thinking about what type of role you would like and investigate the available roles thoroughly before applying. This will make answering the application questions easier.

Interview Advice: Relax and be yourself but know why you want to be there. They don't expect you to know everything about insurance however if you do not appear keen and don't have clear motivations then you are unlikely to succeed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Senior, Accounts and Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out with valid achievements. The HR department are trained to screen out achievements which are pumped up to be more than they actually are and it does not reflect good on you.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. They're only trying to employ people that would be a good fit to the already existing team. Being confident and relaxed helps them better picture you in your potential role.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Allianz Insurance

Personal Lines Technical Graduate, Personal Lines, Technical at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Show your passion for insurance.

Interview Advice: The interviewers are not just looking for someone who has all the answers; they also care about what kind of person you are and whether you will fit in with the company. Do not treat the interview day like a competition.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Trainee, Audit and Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Do your research for the company, and be able to discuss anything you put on your cv.

Interview Advice: Be confident and try to get your personality across as they want those that can fit into the team.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be yourself through the whole process, the video interview gives you the first real opportunity to show your personality so make sure you do that.

Interview Advice: Research the company and make sure you have some questions pre prepared to ask the interviewers.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Assistant, Personal Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: You don't need a maths based degree, just a willingness to learn.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit & Accounts Junior, Audit & Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Think about how your skill set reflects the role that you are applying for and tailor your cv.

Interview Advice: Be yourself ! Enjoy the interview and make sure you contribute to the group activity.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Trainee, Corporate Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be truthful in your application, as it is very important that you pick the company and the company picks you on true information, to find the best fit.

Interview Advice: Everyone is extremely nice and therefore the interview process is more like a day of getting to know your future colleagues and have a chat about what really matters.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Trainee, Corporate Taxation at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Read the questions carefully, focus on what is being asked. Make sure you perform practice questions prior to application.

Interview Advice: Show your best self, practice before hand, know what you are going to say and how you will say it.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Just be yourself!

Interview Advice: It may be a long process but it's worth it once you land the job. Keep going and don't give up! :)

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts and Audit Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out, I think Menzies look at the person as much as the qualifications you hold, so sell yourself, not your degree.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and stand out, don't give generic answers and don't try to overshadow others. In team activities they aren't looking for you to be a star, they're looking at how well you work within a team.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Understand role.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Tax Trainee, Corporate tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Read the website and recent news, Menzies brand is a big part of the people they are looking for.

Interview Advice: Think 'Brighter thinking'.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Leave your own 'mark' as much as you can - the interview will be able to follow up on this.

Interview Advice: Research the firm, and the type of work you will be expecting to do, as well as how you are experienced to complete this.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Senior, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Show prior knowledge. Ensure covering letter demonstrates that you know what the ACA is and have done some research around the company. Important to come across enthusiastic.

Interview Advice: With the changing nature of the accounting industry it's just as important to be personable than it is technically competent. Let your CV do the talking about qualifications and use the opportunity to show personality/outside interests.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Audit Senior, Audit & Assurance at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you show your human side in your application. Menzies aren't looking for robots, we're looking for personalities.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do some research on the role you want to go into and any professional qualification you're hoping to do before you attend interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Accounts Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Show passion for Menzies, ACA/ATT/AAT & the industry. Ensure that there are no grammar or spelling errors as this would be refused immediately.

Interview Advice: Be passionate about the industry and really show your people skills. It's all about going the extra mile for our clients. Make sure you're clear as to why you want to study ACA and how you fit Menzies brighter thinking values. Try to use lots of life examples you've experienced to reflect how you match their values.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Lendlease

Finance Analyst, Construction Finance at Lendlease

Application Advice: Do a bit of research into the Construction industry and what the company does globally.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Market Representative, Casualty Underwriting at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Highlight real personal interest in the position and what skills you can bring to the team.

Interview Advice: Prepare questions for the area you are applying to. Be aware about on-going industry trends.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Risk Analyst – Intern, Risk Engingeering at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Show passion about the role and provide a good reason why you would be the best possible fit for it. And don't be afraid to send your application even if you don't technically have all the qualifications. Nobody is a perfect fit!

Interview Advice: Get to know the company! It's a very bad first impression if they ask you who the CEO is and you have no clue. Additionally, have some good stories about yourself that show that you display the qualities the company is looking for.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee – Finance, Group Finance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Proof read your application and practice psychometric testing.

Interview Advice: Research the company and be ready with some interesting questions on current issues.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Rotational at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Interview Advice: - Why insurance? Why TMK? - How would your friends describe you (good things and not so good)? - Recent events in the news.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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DHL Supply Chain

Finance Graduate, Finance at DHL Supply Chain

Application Advice: I did a lot of research on the company and its value and decided I wanted to apply. I read up on the industry to get a basic understanding so that I was able to join in discussions at the assessment center.

Interview Advice: The interview was very relaxed and conversational so it's important to remember that you are being interviewed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

IT Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Understand the business model.

Interview Advice: Practise competency questions based on the STAR method.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Group Finance at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Take your time to fill it out honestly and mould your application to the scheme.

Interview Advice: Relax, everyone is really nice and friendly and they want you to do well. Be yourself and have a good time.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be genuine, show interest, do your research, think about what you want and where you want to go.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, the company is more interested in you and your personality rather than your CV as long as you meet the minimum requirements.

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Recruitment Consultant, Accountancy at Reed Global

Application Advice: Be as honest as you can and be concise. Long applications are tough to read through. Show as much personality as you can and highlight achievements

Interview Advice: Show up early, be professionally dressed, approach all people with manners and respect, be yourself and ask questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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REED Consultant Apprenticeship, Accountancy & Finance at Reed Global

Application Advice: Be confident

Interview Advice: Be confident, let your personality out

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Essential Recruitment Skills, Accountancy at Reed Global

Application Advice: Think about why you will a good match for recruitment - sales skills and ability to develop client relatiosnhips

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show you are driven and motivated

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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ERS, Accountancy at Reed Global

Interview Advice: Prepare and make notes, especially for the role play section. I would thoroughly look through the CV's and match them to the job spec given. Take your time to answer and be confident in the answers.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Senior Recruitment Consultant, Recruitment at Reed Global

Application Advice: I didn't apply for the role I was head hunted from Reed Talent.

Interview Advice: Be prepared, it's quite grueling. You have a telephone interview to start with which will be based around why you want to get into recruitment and previous experience. Followed by a telephone interview which will involve a sales call which they give you prior so make sure you make plenty of notes.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NVQ Level 3 in Recruitment, Accounting and Finance at Reed Global

Interview Advice: Think outside of the box when answering video interview questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Corporation Tax Trainee, Corporation Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Just be you and be honest - and definitely do research on the qualification and company to ensure that this is the right fit for you

Interview Advice: Be confident, be prepared - they may ask you questions about the qualification or company, so make sure you have done your research and just be you

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Prepare a strong presentation

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Apprentice, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take your time and go through all of the stages carefully.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and confident. If you do not know the answer to a question be honest and say rather than trying to guess.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Audit and Accounts Trainee, Audit and Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Specific maths or accounting qualifications are not as important as you may think. Have good English skills and be well rounded in maths.

Interview Advice: Practice presenting yourself from both the online and face to face interview. Don't remember a speech front to back. Remember per the section you want to talk about - it comes across more natural.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be honest in scenario-based questions/personality profiles. Read up about the role to make sure you think it's right for you.

Interview Advice: Stay calm, believe in yourself, research Menzies specifically beforehand to show you're especially interested in them as an employer.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: It is a very straight-forward and easy process.

Interview Advice: In the interview, I was asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation about why I would be an ideal candidate for the role. The best advice would be to be confident and plan your presentation very well. There is not so much pressure once you begin as the interviewers are very laid back. After the presentation, they will discuss the role with you and go over any questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Broker, Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Double-check everything you send off especially your CV.

Interview Advice: Don't try and be something you're not, just be honest and realistic.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Pro-rata Apprentice, Pro-Rata Handler LATAM at Willis Towers Watson

Interview Advice: There are many stages of interviews covering a wide range of skills, so be prepared before starting any stages.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, UK Construction at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: They say don't put all your eggs in one basket, but this apprenticeship is worth a lot of eggs. Such a fantastic opportunity that anyone would be stupid to turn down. Willis Towers Watson is such a desirable company to work for and you'll see just why when you apply.

Interview Advice: Challenging, but also a valuable experience. They are very keen to see evidence of their values both inside and out of the workplace.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Underwriter, Underwriting at NFU Mutual

Interview Advice: Research the company beforehand. If group assessment, remember to support others but also make sure you show your best skills.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Senior, Accounts and Advisory at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Spend time researching the company values to ensure you stand out

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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HR Consultant/Partner, Learning and Organisation Development at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Research the organisation and be really clear on why you want the role, how it aligns to your career aspirations and what you can bring to NFU Mutual.

Interview Advice: Undertake research into the organisation. Think of some good examples to demonstrate your skills and abilities. Be yourself - there is nothing in the interview process designed to catch you out.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Insurance Practicioner Level 3, Casualty at Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Application Advice: The advice I would give to candidates is to come across enthusiastic about the role and have some basic background information on what Insurance is as well as the types of Insurance. This does not mean each candidate should have a wide range of knowledge in Insurance but just a rough idea of what Chaucer does.

Interview Advice: My advice for the Interview stage is to be prepared and have examples ready to use for each question that is asked to you. In my opinion, it is best to show evidence to back up what you are saying. For example, an example of you being organised could be an individual report you did and the deadlines you had to follow. The types of questions you could prepare for are; - What types of Insurance are there? - What do you know about Chaucer? - What are some of your strengths? - A weakness?

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Audit and Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Everyone is different and they know that. Each applicant is considered individually. If you have shown that you have worked and will be willing to work hard during your studies with the company, you will have as good a chance as anyone else. Show them why you deserve to be there. Not just about how good your grades are, or might not be. Show them who you are, because it's just as important to fit in with the team as it is to pass the exams.

Interview Advice: They are not as scary as they may seem. They started out just like you have. Be prepared, do your research and be yourself. Prepare one or two decent questions rather than many little ones that are just standard. You may be asked to talk about yourself. This is your chance to big yourself up (professionally) Not just your achievement academically, but also your hobbies, what you do in your spare time.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Assistant, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take time on researching the company and concentrate on the tests that you have to complete.

Interview Advice: Be calm and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Support Assistance, Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Interview Advice: Be confident and keep it simple

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, Property and Casualty Broking at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Ensure you are thorough with the process, take time, don't rush and ensure everything is up to date e.g. CV / covering letter.

Interview Advice: Be prepared, be confident and be you. Stay calm if a question comes up you are unfamiliar with but don't exaggerate your answers as this may come back to bite you.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Aviation Technical Support Assistant, Aerospace at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Use examples of areas where you have excelled in - check all spelling, grammar etc. Make sure that you have used plenty of examples of hobbies, volunteering areas etc.

Interview Advice: Dress professionally. Make sure that you have plenty of examples ready of areas which you have excelled in, faced challenges but overcome them/ managed these. In group tasks make sure you bring plenty of ideas to the table and make sure to include all the participants - also don't act as if you are being controlling!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, Natural Resources at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: - Be confident - Be yourself - Be clear in what is being said - Double check before sending

Interview Advice: - Listen clearly - Speak clearly - Be confident - Be yourself

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 3 Insurance Practitioner, National Intermediary Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: If you are willing to work full time and also complete learning at the same time then this is for you. You need to be able to balance both of these throughout your day at work to achieve the standard required in order to be employed.

Interview Advice: Why was the apprenticeship the route for you? When I was asked this question I explained that the Uni route was not for me and this allowed me to earn a full-time salary but also receive qualifications so it covered every area that I wanted to meet.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Infrastructure Technician, IT at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Prepare for the worst and aim for the best! Be patient as it is a little longer than the average application in my opinion.

Interview Advice: I do not have A-levels and when I arrived there were several other people I was up against (all with A-Levels). I did not feel like I was any less capable of doing the job. I was myself, I didn't lie to try and make myself look better. Don't forget to smile.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Broker, Willis Re Engineering at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Apprenticeship Level 3 & 4, Trust Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Stand out. Make sure that you show you have lots of interests outside of work. Be keen to learn lots of new things.

Interview Advice: Stay calm and collected as the interview can seem intense but they are all very lovely. Ask lots of questions about opportunities to grow and develop/learn more. Innovation and motivation are very important and key factors for Menzies

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, Marine – Fine Art, Jewellery and Specie at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure your CV stands out as they go through thousands of CVs and will automatically get rid of any with spelling mistakes etc.

Interview Advice: Prepare answers for tricky questions such as what your strengths and weaknesses are as they can help to aid other interview questions you will be asked about why you are competent to work here.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Support Assistant, Willis Re at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be prepared for anything, such as a video interview. Make sure your CV is up to date and relevant whilst highlighting your best qualities.

Interview Advice: Be confident. The interviewer will be more inclined to choose you over other candidates if you present yourself confidently when in a 1 to 1 interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 4 Insurance Apprenticeship, Corporate Risk and Broking – Marine Cargo at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be open and honest in the application process and complete the given tasks in a timely manner so you can be thorough and complete it to a high standard.

Interview Advice: We were given scenarios and had to describe how we would deal with them. But try to relax - be confident, but not overconfident. Have open body language, smile and be as approachable as possible.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Client Advisor within P&C for the Land Transport Team, Property and Casualty at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure you tailor your CV to Willis and include details of problem-solving and customer-facing experience, as well as opportunities where you have been resilient. There is also a massive focus on team-working and so any evidence of that should be included too.

Interview Advice: Research the CII- there are questions about the professional qualifications you will be studying for as well as details about Willis itself. They also asked about the Willis Towers Watson values- so memorise these before you go into the interview and tailor your responses around these key values.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Project Management Level 4, Global Services and Solutions at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: - Believe that you will get through - Read the job specification and create your cover letter around the skills and knowledge needed - relating your current skills to what is required and how you would make a good fit for the position - Take time completing the application and do not be superficial but also try to be realistic in relation to the skills you have

Interview Advice: - Be confident and make eye contact - The interview/assessment centre was split into 3 (30 mins each) interviews and a group activity - Do not treat the verbal interview as a "life and death situation", be relaxed and be yourself, but also listen to the questions carefully so your answers do not go off track - During the interview, do not fidget and take a comfortable but presentable position to show you are approachable - you will need to put this attitude in practice when at a face-to-face meeting with a client - Learn about what WTW do, although this is not a question in itself, showing you have read about and are interested in the company is an advantage, helping with the group exercise - you can think of volunteering initiatives/ideas that have not been executed by the company yet Questions I was asked: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Scenario questions eg. "If your manager comes to you and asks to take on some more work, considering you are already busy, what do you do?"

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Accountancy Level 3; 4 Apprenticeship, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Try to be yourself, don't just write what you think they want to hear, show who you are. Put thought into it, don't be like the other people applying for the role.

Interview Advice: If you are going to say something like 'I watch the news every morning' make sure you actually do and make sure you know what you're talking about. They will ask questions based on what you tell them, be confident in your answers. Again be true to yourself, also ask questions back, be interested in your future career.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Finance Apprentice, Accounts Payable at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be available, you will have little time for hobbies if you are studying and working so try to keep your schedule clear.

Interview Advice: Prepare responses to questions in advance so you don't babble and look indecisive.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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HR Professional, Learning and Organisational Development at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Accurate and detailed

Interview Advice: Research the company, preparation, think of examples to demonstrate skills and competencies

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Corporate Risk and Broking, Marine Cargo at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: For new candidates I would recommend having some form of customer service on your CV and reference in the application because this is something they ask about in their first and second stages of application and how it would make you suitable. Also show how you can lead and work as a team; for my CV I listed sports as this is a good example of this. Lastly; any volunteering or fundraising looks good in the application because it means you are willing to go the extra not just do the mandatory.

Interview Advice: During the interviews, they did a situation, personality and a competency interview after an initial group interview; it was a 3 hour session in total with 4 of us in the group. Each of the individual interviews was around 20 minutes, for these they do repeat some of the similar questions about leadership, teamwork, but in the personality interview, they asked questions about what you would do if there was a problem how would you resolve type questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Handler, FINEX at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure your application is in good time.

Interview Advice: Be confident in your responses, the process is much more laid back than you would expect. In the scenario exercise read things carefully and take the lead.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Account Handler, Aviation at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Research the company you are applying for and have some work experience within the industry you are looking to get involved with.

Interview Advice: Be confident and prepared.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Handler, FINEX at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Do not rush it as many people apply for the role that are very competitive, you must put as much effort in as possible. For example, do loads of research into the company and what they do, so you have some background information. Answer application questions with great detail and even incorporate some of your research into your answers.

Interview Advice: Be very confident! As a broker an essential skill to have is to be able to talk and get on well with new people straight away, they look out for this in your interview and group work. Volunteer yourself to go first, to be timekeeper in activities etc. Be prepared for the assessment day, make sure not to go into the interview knowing nothing about the company or the job role - you can never do enough research.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Apprentice Business Analyst, Groupt IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be honest and confident, they aren't looking for someone with a degree so don't feel undervalued if you haven't got one.

Interview Advice: Be confident and a clear communicator, read up on the company and the industry. Have a general idea of the role and what the role requires.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Support Assistant, Real Estate Practise at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: There are a few different stages to the application/interview process which takes place over a few months. I would recommend being conscious of the application process but focus on getting the results necessary.

Interview Advice: There are a few interviews all conducted in one day including a group exercise (groups of roughly four). I would advise getting involved in the group exercise and just try to get your personality through which can be difficult in interview situations.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Custemer Service Apprentice, Emergancy Breakdown at The Automobile Association

Application Advice: make sure that you are formal and smart and just don't be idiotic, you need to have a mature attitude and make sure that you are ethical and u want to have the correct mind-set and want to have to-do the job as you are always busy and there Is always something that you can do.

Interview Advice: answer the questions as formal and truthful as you possibly can they look for positivity and confident in a person.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Customer Service Apprentice, Emergency Breakdown at The Automobile Association

Application Advice: To fill out the application to the best of your ability and to also go through and check if what you're writing makes sense and reflects you as a person.

Interview Advice: The best advice I could give is, to be honest and to answer all the questions to the best of your ability. The questions you're most likely to be asked are: Why do you think you're good for this role? What can you bring to the AA?

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Apprenticeship, Agriculture at Larking Gowen

Interview Advice: Show your ambition, and where you want to go with the role in the future.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 4, Business and Private Division at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Find out as much about the firm as you can, just to make sure what you're applying for and where is suitable for you. There is nothing more frustrating than receiving an application where the candidate is just throwing around CVs and has little interest in what they are applying for, and has not done their research.

Interview Advice: Have questions ready, as if there is anything you want to find out, now is the time. Also, be relaxed in your interview, just remember it is a conversation between one person and another. Also, don't feel like you need an example or answer for every single question, you will not be penalised if you have never been in a particular situation.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Assistant, Farms and Landed Estates at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Read Larking Gowen website about the firm's values etc.

Interview Advice: Practice generic interviews and competency based questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Farms Land & Estate at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: Include examples from previous working life/education that could relate to the job role you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Be confident, try to make the interview seem as natural as possible by treating it as a formal conversation. Don't feel afraid to ask questions back instead of just simply responding to the question that you were asked.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee (level 3 and 4), Corporate Audit and Advisory at Larking Gowen

Application Advice: I would say the most important thing is to make sure that if you are sending in a CV, make sure that it isn't too long. I would say that a CV is too long if it is more than 2 sides of A4 paper - keep it brief and then you can expand on it during your interview! Another piece of advice I would give is, even if you have missed the deadline or there are no jobs advertised, to send in your CV (and a covering letter) anyway. This means that you may be considered for an internally advertised role. At least if you do this then the company has your details so can contact you about any future opportunities.

Interview Advice: Make lots of eye contact with the interviewers and speak clearly. This makes it less awkward as they don't have to ask you to repeat answers and they can see if you are genuine. Another piece of advice I would give is to research the company, the role and your interviews so you know a little bit about them. Often, interviewers have asked me what I know regarding these, this just shows you haven't randomly applied and it implies that you know your stuff.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Development, GB Sales at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure you show good examples of where you have worked well in a team or have used key communication skills because insurance is a very sociable industry.

Interview Advice: Research the company and try and use examples of past experiences and scenarios that you have had which you can relate to the role which you are applying for. Also, demonstrate good active listening skills to show that you have understood questions and can relate back to the interviewer.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Actuarial Technician, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Getting the grades are important but the company really does care about who you are as a person and what you get up to. Any part-time or charitable work that you've done is a great talking point.

Interview Advice: The interviews aren't as daunting as they sound and are rather informal. It's pretty easy to be relaxed and if you stutter your words then just take the time to compose yourself. The interview itself turned into just a normal conversation and you could feel that they were just trying to get a sense of who you are and how well you'd fit in with other colleagues.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Support Assistant, GB Industries and Practices – Retail at Willis Towers Watson

Interview Advice: Be yourself, but be professional. Make a good first impression ie. dress smart.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Pro Rata Account Handler, Specialty Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: It takes a long time, but stick with it

Interview Advice: Research the company and the particular department that you have applied for

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Support Assistant – Claims Analyst, FINEX at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Understand what you are applying for because I originally applied for the Accounting & Settlement team which after starting the primary training I understood after the review of A&S it wasn't for me. It's hard from looking online and into the position description to find anything out about the role, WTW as an entity and the insurance industry.

Interview Advice: Focus on the STAR approach and use evidence and situation that could back up what you are saying in an interview. Ask questions to the interviewers as then it feels less of an interrogation and more of a friendly chat which would 100% appeal to both parties of the interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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HR, HR at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be yourself, they want to get to know you throughout the application process.

Interview Advice: Prep some examples beforehand and read through any information given to you. Research the company beforehand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, Property & Casualty – Facultative at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Even if you're not sure what you want to do, apply because you never know.

Interview Advice: Be presentable, think about your mannerisms and think about your own personal brand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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NIS Account Apprentice, NIS at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Just detail all relevant qualifications and experience with that industry.

Interview Advice: Think of situations before the interview when you showed desirable personality traits i.e. teamwork, personal effectiveness, customer focus. Practise explaining how you have learnt from these situations as well. Make yourself familiar with the personal star as most of the questions will be based on this.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Paralegal, Head Office Claims at NFU Mutual

Interview Advice: Revise the Star Qualities and just be yourself!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Finance, Accounts Payable at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and put all your best attributes forward.

Interview Advice: Be friendly, plan your answers to questions before you have been asked them. Engage in conversation outside of the interview with staff.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Kaplan, National Intermediary Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Make sure your personality shows on your CV, you're selling yourself!

Interview Advice: Be confident and try to stand out. We did a group activity in my interview and you want to ensure that you are noticed for communicating well with the other applicants. Make sure you don't take over though, just stand out quietly...

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Analysis, IT at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Apply even if you don't think you'll get it.

Interview Advice: Be prepared. Do your research on the job role, the company, and keep a copy of the job description for your prep. Interviews are tough and daunting but if you prepare it makes it easier.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Finance Apprentice – Professional Accountant, Finance at Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Application Advice: It was a CV and cover letter application so structure them well without too much 'waffling' or elaborate wording. This makes for a simple read. Use the responsibilities and desired candidate profile from the job description to tailor your CV and cover letter. Use the key terms used in the job description to highlight how your skill set matches.

Interview Advice: Be open and show your personality. Brush up on your industry and commercial knowledge as I was asked what I foresee as a future prospect for the market. Give real-life examples to provide evidence of the traits you are trying to display. I had to present in front of 5/6 managers and senior managers, so work on your presentation skills and question responses. Have a topic that isn't directly related to academia or work to talk about, this will display your enthusiasm and allow them to get to know you. Ask questions about the team dynamics, flexible working, workload etc. That way you'll discover if the company is the right fit for you.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Assistant Accountant, Finance at Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Application Advice: Be honest as you will be questioned on scenarios based on your CV and be confident in putting your achievements across.

Interview Advice: Be yourself as the interview is where they decide if you would suit the team and it is important as these are the people you will spend a lot of your time with during your apprenticeship. Don't be afraid to sell yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Compliance and Risk, Intelligence at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: Research the proper information around the apprenticeship. Be confident.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Services Apprentice, Business Services at Chaucer Underwriting Services Limited

Interview Advice: Confidence is key within an interview and to stay relaxed and calm. Engage with the interviewer as communication skills are key. Research the company and the insurance market as it shows the interviewer you have an interest within the position you are applying or.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tax Trainee, Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Do your research into the job and the exams beforehand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT, Audit at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Do your research on the company and the course you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! Make sure you know what you are talking about because they may question you on it.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 3/4 AAT Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: I did some work experience at a smaller firm. I feel as though this is what set me apart to other candidates. Having a USP is important when applying for any job.

Interview Advice: As part of the interview, I had to present about myself and why I wanted to work at Menzies. So it is important to do lots of research and practice plenty so that you don't lose your place while speaking.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Even if you think you don't meet the requirements, apply and show why you'd be good at it. Personality and the right fit for the job is just as important as the grades.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do your research and are well prepared. Ask fewer constructive questions than many generic ones. Show interest in the company and why you stand out from the others, what would you bring to the company to make it better.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts AAT Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Be confident

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Outsourcing at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: I would advise to not overload information on your CV. I would keep the application simple and clearly state what you want the employer to know about you.

Interview Advice: I would read over the application and CV you sent in prior to the interview as you may be asked specific questions on what you have written. Be yourself, be friendly and approachable. The point of an interview is also to gather how well you will fit in with the team.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee – AAT, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: - Be yourself - you will be asked scenario based questions i.e. tell us a time when... - showcase yourself - ask questions back - be friendly

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Research the role and what it involves. Look at what skills you have that can be transferred and used in this position that will help you to do a good job. Research the company and its values.

Interview Advice: Research the company and find out the values. In addition to this, it is good to have a plan for what you want to do after the training (e.g continue on with more training). Know about the career paths that are available. Look at your existing skills and knowledge so you can discuss what you could bring to the company.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT level 4 Accounts Trainee, Business Valuations at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you come across very personable! The company doesn't only look at how qualified you are, they want someone who has the personality to fit in with the team already working at the company.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself! It is a long interview as they want to see the real you- stay polite and interact, don't just stay quiet as they want to hear your opinion on matters.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee – ACA, Privately Owned Business at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Relate to the company and its values to ensure your application stands out.

Interview Advice: Ensure you research Menzies and the core values - ie Brighter Thinking. Research into relevant topics affecting the industry.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Confidence and come across as a sociable but hard working individual.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 4 AAT, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be truthful but make sure you stand out and have something unique that no one else will be able to bring to the role.

Interview Advice: Remain calm and be yourself. Think of it like talking to your friends but in a formal situation. This should help to not hear any nerves in your voice, making you appear more confident than you might be. Always research the company you are applying for. They love when you know something that you would have only known if you searched into their background, shows you are committed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Don't doubt yourself and don't give up!

Interview Advice: Let your personality show!!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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AAT Trainee – Outsourcing, Outsourcing at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Choose your best qualities that are suited to the role - communication, technology etc. Be 100% you want to commit to the role and the studying. Understand what you are applying for. Be enthusiastic.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Be enthusiastic. Ask questions. Plan your answers before -why do you want to work for us? what do you know about the company? Include facts about the company - research before

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Assistant, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Take your time with it and make sure you apply to a lot of the same roles at different companies to gain enough experience with applying.

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the company's core values and what services they offer.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be truthful, but show it in a good light.

Interview Advice: Read up on the firm and what they do.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Level 7, Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Focus on the firm's key values and show an interest in the role you are applying for.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Trainee Chartered Accountant, ABS at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Make sure to take the time beforehand to look into what you have done before and why it may be relevant to the position you are applying for

Interview Advice: Make sure to research into the firm before joining, especially information regarding any new developments or projects the firm may have on.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Chartered Accountancy Apprenticeship, Assurance & Business Services at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Be yourself and be honest - they don't expect you to know everything or be perfect, they are just trying to find out if you have the motivation to work and learn, and want to know if you would be right for that specific role and the company in general.

Interview Advice: Do research on the company including knowing a lot about their international network of accountancy firms. Talk enthusiastically about the company as if you would be proud to work for the company. Also need to know a bit about your service line, and how they interact with other service lines offered across the business. Finally, they will ask for past circumstances where you have worked under pressure and had to handle a work/life balance.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Trainee Chartered Accountant, Audit at Smith & Williamson

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, show interest

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Underwriting Assistant, Underwriting at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Insurance is a technical but also very social industry so make sure to mention something in your CV which demonstrates you're ability to interact with different people confidently, whether this means mentioning that you worked in a client-facing position before or if you're a school-leaver/grad you may want to mention any roles/activities you did during education which gave you exposure to meeting different people i.e. mentoring, organizing social events, social clubs etc. These also demonstrate your ability to be a team player or even leadership skills.

Interview Advice: Try to have a good balance between discussing your achievements/qualifications and also offer skills you may have or hobbies you have. This keeps the discussion interesting and means you show different aspects of yourself which are all important in someway in the workplace. This is one of the industries where having different qualities/interests is important too. Try to be relaxed and as calm as possible. Ask questions about the role and about the industry if you're new to it.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Marine Cargo & Specie Underwriting Assistant, Marine at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Be sure to highlight the most important aspects of your CV/cover letter. Include all relevant experience; include both technical and soft skills that you have acquired in previous employment/situations.

Interview Advice: I would definitely ensure that your personality is conveyed in your interview. Keep up to date with current affairs as working in insurance requires you to have knowledge of what's going on around the world. Have working examples of when you have portrayed a certain skill. Ask the interviewer questions that relate to the job role, the company and the industry as a whole.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Corporate Tax Associate, Corporate Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Do your application on a word document so you are able to keep coming back to it and editing, when you think of new things to add. Make sure you start your application as early as possible so you do not have to rush and can put as much effort into it as you can. Use the website for ideas..I.e if the question asks about why you want to work here, incorporate some ideas from the website about opportunities you have seen or the values aligning with similar beliefs that you have.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and honest - it comes across blatantly when someone is trying too hard! Don't worry if you need a moment to think about the question and smile .. If you are in a group interview or group task, don't be afraid to contribute to the discussion but make sure not to come across too over-bearing over the rest of the group. Maybe offer to take up a role such as time minder or minute taker, but make sure to get involved when and where you can. Some questions you may get asked at interview include why you want to work here; about any experience; if you are aware of anything in the news; why you have chosen this company and not another one and why you don't want to go to university.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Associate, Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Apply our CLEARR values to any answers and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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School Leaver, Regulatory Advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Show that you care about the culture offered by the company and buy into it.

Interview Advice: Listen to questions and answer honestly, so they see who you are and can relate.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Get some experience first whether that is at the firm you are applying for or not, it all helps.

Interview Advice: Stay calm if you have made it all the way to an interview, you are good enough already. It's just all about being the best you can personally be.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tax Trainee, Tax at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: You don't need any pre-existing accountancy or tax knowledge, they seem to just be looking for potential to learn and do well.

Interview Advice: Presentation, questions more about me and not expecting any pre-existing knowledge.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Be yourself Be confident Prepare for standard Questions i.e. one time you showed yourself in a leadership role etc.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee, Audit & Accounts at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Just go for it. Until you send that initial application you have no chance of getting hired. I think be honest at all times and never think you are not good enough. Even if you don't necessarily meet the specification exactly, if you are still right for the role they will look into you further. Never think you are not good enough!

Interview Advice: Again be super prepared and do lots of research on the industry and company beforehand. Make sure you highlight your strengths and what sets you apart from other candidates. Come across friendly and willing to give your all, for the role. Again be honest at all times and even if you do not get the role, look upon the interview process as a good experience and it does not cost you anything to try.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Audit Associate, Audit at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Really research why you want to join GT. There is nothing better than an applicant who is hard working and enthusiastic about the role they are applying for. Get to know what you would be doing in a role at GT and why that interests you. Research the background behind our values and our progression through the years. As GT has changed and grown so much, in competition with the big four, what really makes us stand out is a question you should be asking yourself.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. If you have got to the interview stage, then GT knows that you are well qualified and fit for the job role. They now want to get to know you. To decide whether you would fit in with the culture we have worked so hard to build over the last couple of years. Be relaxed and really let your personality shine through. Make sure you know all about the values at GT and what we stand for too.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Tax Trainee, Personal Tax at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: Make sure you know about the course you will be undertaking and talk about Brighter Thinking.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Trainee – ACA, Privately Owned Business at Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Ensure you focus specifically on the company values and what sets us aside from other firms - i.e. Brighter Thinking.

Interview Advice: Research the company and all the different departments and sector lines.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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School Leaver Programme, Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Interview Advice: Do as much research as you can before your interview. Research the brand and the role you are applying for.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Menzies LLP

Application Advice: Be sure to note down all your strengths and weaknesses. Even if you don't quite have the entry requirements still apply.

Interview Advice: Be confident and honest. It's more of a gauge of personality as you will have no prior experience.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Corporate Tax Associate, Corporate Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Application Advice: Try to stand out from the crowd, think about experiences that you have had in previous jobs or clubs that will be useful in the job you are applying for. Always tailor your CV for the job.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, Grant Thornton are about creating a great working environment and culture and does this through the employment of great down to earth people.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Administration, Business Recovery at Menzies LLP

Interview Advice: You need to look up what they are looking for in a candidate. Then you know if you are right for the job and how you can link your past experiences to parts of the role they need.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Business Services Technician, Operations at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Be willing and ready to learn.

Interview Advice: Dont think the interviewer is expecting you to have a profound knowledge of the industry, convey an interest in the industry. Be confident. Talk about the skills that you have and how you can relate to the role. People hire skills.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Reinsurance Business Support Assistant, Willis Re (Reinsurance) at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Don't be afraid to express yourself because of how big the company is. Don't overthink the questions too much, just relax when applying. Willis Towers Watson wants to know the true person applying for the job.

Interview Advice: Be friendly and speak to the interviewers (THEY ARE NORMAL PEOPLE!). Be calm and arrive early to the interview. Be confident and show how good you are.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Accounts Controller, Reinsurance at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: The maths test in one of the interview stages is is quite quick paced and hard, so be ready to answer questions quickly.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and ask lots of questions to show your interest

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Client Service Executive, at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: - Honesty - Thorough - Creative/different

Interview Advice: - Confidence - Research of role & company - Timekeeping

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Marine at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be yourself and don't try and be someone you're not.

Interview Advice: Try and relax, don't stress. Think about what you are going to answer before you do. The questions which I was asked weren't difficult, just have to try and put your answer in the best possible way.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Trainee Client Service Executive, at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: I would advise to be truthful and to ensure they put as much detail into their application. I would also advise to not rush the application as they could be missing out key information.

Interview Advice: They would need to be aware of the company. Ensure to research the company and also the role itself. Also in the interview they would need to make sure they are confident in how they speak and their body language. Then I would advise to process any questions they receive and do not rush into the answer as it could lead to having a poor response.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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Junior Account Executive, at Search Companies

Application Advice: This kind of apprenticeship has a very structured routine of attending workshops, which is ideal for those wishing to have an assisted training programme, but less so for those wishing to work more independently/ learn more during the day to day role itself.

Interview Advice: The application process is very intensive, I initially believed this was a very competitive position, after the interview with other candidates, I wasn't so sure. I would research the basics of what Willis does as an insurance intermediary and show willing to learn all of the necessary skills to become competent in the particular role you are applying for e.g. as an account executive, get the basis of what client executives do and how to conduct yourself in a business orientated manner.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

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