‘You will never get a second chance to make a good first impression.’
How do you want to be perceived? What do you want people to remember about you? How should you come across? All of these questions are undoubtedly whizzing around your brain as you start to think about completing your application form. This is your first chance to impress and prove why you deserve to be invited for an interview so make sure you take your time and think very carefully about the message you want to convey.
‘Failing to Prepare is preparing to Fail.’
Sadly, there is no magic formula to creating the perfect application form, but there are different tools that you can use to make sure you impress, and leave the person reading your application wanting to learn more about you. The first thing you need to do is research Capgemini and the graduate programme. Building an awareness of this will allow you to start understanding more about the company and the culture to make sure not just that you are the right fit for us, but that we are the right fit for you. Learning about our culture, ethos and principles will also allow you to tailor your application form to make it specific to Capgemini and the roles you are applying for. In doing this research you will already be demonstrating vital skills and traits that the person reading your application will be looking for, immediately making a great impression.
‘Grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.’
Shockingly, up to 40% of applications are rejected because of basic errors in spelling and grammar. That means that if you can successfully complete your application and avoid these simple mistakes then you have already surpassed a large proportion of candidates. Using simple, but positive language appropriately to showcase your talent and experience will stand you in very good stead. In getting the basics right you are demonstrating an ability to write clearly and appropriately without making errors, which despite being simple, is actually a very valuable skill to have.
‘Regardless of profession or title, at some level we are all hired to do the same job. We are all problem solvers. This applies to any job, at any level, in any organisation, anywhere in the world, and being aware of this is absolutely vital to job search and career success in any field.’
These simple skills you possess are far more important than you may initially think. Every applicant will have picked up certain skills from their previous roles, education, backgrounds, hobbies etc., and relating these to the role you are applying for will prove to the person reading your application that you already have the skillset required to perform the job well. Demonstrating your ability to work in teams, communicate well, provide good customer service or use IT are just a few of the many, many skills that will make you stand out as a candidate Capgemini should hire.
‘Don’t go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’
Be different! If you have done something out of the ordinary that you are proud of and is unique then tell us about it. The best candidates are ones who can show their passion and drive to achieve their goals and ambitions. Explaining why it matters to you, what you learnt from it and how it has helped to shape the person you are now will ensure that the person reading your application remembers it well.
‘Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.’
Showing your ability to be innovative or creative is another great opportunity to stand out in your application. Problem-solving is a big part of consultancy and if you have experience of creating solutions, or working with teams of people to overcome a problem then make sure you include this in your application. The problem could be anything, but if you can prove you’re willing to be open-minded and be versatile to adapt to different situations then you will have a really good chance of progressing to the stage of the application process.
‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.’
This one may require a pinch of salt, but nonetheless it is very important to always be honest and aligned with your own moral code. Having come through the application process and being a part of assessment centres and Inductions I believe the most important thing to remember is to be yourself. Think about you, what you are proud of, and what you believe makes you right for the job. Being confident in yourself and willing to show us the real you is crucial at all stages of the application process. Capgemini is a company that’s main focus is people so by letting us get to know you as a person we will be able to clearly see how well you will fit into the business which is fundamental to a successful application.
These six ideas will guide you in the right direction when creating your application form, but it is up to you to fill in the blanks. In remembering the rules above try and relate these back to yourself and think about the impression you want to leave the person reading what you have said. Good luck!
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By Aaron Plant