Ejaaz is a tech consulting analyst on the Deloitte graduate scheme. He studied Biology at Imperial College London.
(All wildcard questions are questions that candidates have been asked in real interviews!)
- Why did you choose Deloitte over the 3 of the big four?
People. Its as simple as that.
When you break it all down you soon realise that the big 4 have similar material resources at their disposal. The one thing that distinguishes them are the people that work for them and what they do. I soon realised that the people from Deloitte stemmed from many different backgrounds and, because of this, they brought fresh perspective to every problem we tried to tackle. Couple that with a passion for your sector (in my case ‘technology’) and you’ve got a winner.
- What do you think made you stand out in the application process?
I wouldn’t say it was any one particular thing, but rather a collective assessment of a number of attributes, that’s why the interview process tends to be a longer stint than most. They want to see if you can figure out a general solution to a problem (case study) but also are keen to know about your background and experience. Deloitte are looking for people with an interesting perspective. Safe to say I had no prior consulting experience before joining Deloitte but here I am.
- What are your top 3 tech trends to watch in 2018 and why?
Blockchain – This space is going to gain a lot of traction this year. A lot of people would have heard about ‘bitcoin’ and ‘cryptocurrencies’ but few know much about how the underlying technology ‘blockchain’ actually works. Blockchain has the capacity to re-haul how system architectures work, and that’s going to affect everyone of us. A large number of established companies are set to explore and adopt this technology over the year and running parallel to this is governance. Laws will start to be put in place to help govern what is going to be one of the most disruptive technologies since the internet.
Big data – The tools we have at our disposal to break down huge amounts of data and interpret patterns and answers to seemingly unsolvable questions are growing with each year. 2018 will see significant progress within this space which will allow for existing companies to thrive and offer better products as well as new companies to form.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – with companies like Google spin-off ‘Deepmind’ and IBM working on these technologies behind the scenes, I expect this to make significant progress this year building on a strong foundation set in 2017. Amazon have already opened their first ‘queue-less’ shopping experience run on deep learning algorithms.
- What have you enjoyed most about your graduate scheme so far?
Its essentially like university, but I’m getting paid. Its very nice knowing you’re not spending your student loan. You get to meet so many people and work on loads of cool things. All you have to do is ask.
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your graduate scheme?
As with everything new, there’s usually a bit of a learning curve but that passes quite quickly. Don’t forget that most people in the scheme are feeling exactly the same and you always end up helping each other, so it’s never too bad.
- What is your best piece of advice for prospective applicants?
Don’t panic. The people assessing you want you to succeed therefore they’re looking for the good things, not the bad. Show them why you want to do that role and let your enthusiasm do the rest.
- Wildcard Question – You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Nude because I’m transparent.