How to get hired by FTI Consulting: seven tips from recruiters
FTI Consulting’s graduate recruiters reveal what they need to see in your applications and interviews to make you a job offer.
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FTI Consulting’s graduate opportunities stretch across its five specialist segments: Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, Economic & Financial Consulting, Strategic Communications and Technology. The exact recruitment process will depend on the segment you’re applying to but, generally, the process follows a common path:
- Submit your CV and covering letter online.
- Take part in some online assessments. These are typically aptitude tests, such as verbal and numerical reasoning and, if you’re applying to the Technology segment, this may also include a technical test.
- Usually, you will then be invited to a first-stage video interview, but some segments might skip this stage.
- The last step is to attend an assessment centre or final interview.
‘The first stage of the process is about getting to know you as a person, your background and your motivation, while the later stages will also explore your understanding of the role you’ve applied for, your skills and aptitude,’ explains Neha Shah, Senior Graduate Recruiter at FTI Consulting.
‘The graduate recruitment team review your initial CV and covering letter and keep in touch with you, but assessments are carried out by the segment you’ve applied to,’ adds Kimberley Harvey, Senior Recruitment Associate at FTI Consulting. ‘Your interviews will be with senior members of the segment but the graduate recruitment team will be at the assessment centre so you have a familiar face on the day.’
Neha and Kimberley give their top seven pointers on how to convince FTI Consulting that they should hire you.
1. Enthusiasm trumps academics and experience
At FTI Consulting, your enthusiasm and attitude will go a long way. In fact, this is usually more important than any academics or work experience.
‘Don’t worry if you don’t have any formal work experience. It’s not the be-all-and-end-all for us,’ says Kimberley. ‘What do you do outside of work? If you’re applying to the Strategic Communications segment, you might not have studied journalism or done an internship, but how else have you channelled your passion for writing? If you’re applying to the Technology segment, you might not have studied a STEM degree, but have you taught yourself Python in your spare time? Put that on your CV.’
‘You don’t necessarily need all of the skills and experience at the start of your career but, if you’ve got the interest, you’re halfway there,’ says Neha. ‘One of the most regular pieces of feedback we hear from our segments on the students they interview is that they wanted to see more energy, enthusiasm and passion for the role and for FTI Consulting.’
If you are truly enthusiastic about the role and about FTI Consulting, you don’t need to overthink how to get this across to your assessors. It’s better to be natural than to lay it on too thick or appear forced. However, both Neha and Kimberley agree that the questions you ask at the end of your interview can be very revealing.
‘You can always tell whether someone is passionate about FTI Consulting in the questions they ask,’ says Neha. ‘Have you picked the first three generic questions you found on the internet, or have you come up with genuine questions based on what you are eager to learn more about?’
The tips below will also help you ensure that your enthusiasm shines through.
2. Show that you want to work at FTI Consulting
At every stage of the recruitment process, you need to give FTI Consulting your undivided attention and demonstrate why you want to be part of the firm. Ticking most of the boxes won’t guarantee success if it’s clear you’ve applied for 100 other jobs and don’t care which one you get.
‘You need to mention why you want the job, of course, but we also want to know why you want it at FTI Consulting specifically. A lot of applicants miss that second point,’ says Kimberley. ‘As a first step, you need to tailor your CV and covering letter to us. I know it can be a pain, but we get hundreds and hundreds of applications. A quick copy and paste job will cost you.’
If you’re not sure where to start in answering ‘Why FTI Consulting?’, think back on when you first looked into the firm— what caught your attention and made you want to apply? Why do you think FTI Consulting is a strong employer in its field? Some further research will help you to expand and discover more reasons, which leads us to our next tip…
3. Knowledge about FTI Consulting is power
Neha and Kimberley are always impressed by candidates who have made the effort to find out more about FTI Consulting.
‘We don’t expect you to know everything about us and we certainly aren’t looking for you to recite all of our statistics, but we would like to see that you understand the firm, what our segments are, what work we do and who our clients are. If you’ve taken the time to get to know us, this is another indicator that you’re genuinely interested in working here,’ says Neha.
‘Looking at our website is a good start, but it’s up to you to dive deeper,’ is Kimberley’s advice. ‘If we’ve put together a case study on one of our projects, do some further research. You could search for FTI Consulting on Google or LinkedIn, follow us on social media, come to our events and speak to people. Equally, look at the job description to remind yourself of what you need to know for the role. If anything is new to you, consider doing some further reading to develop your understanding.’
4. Small details count – especially spelling and grammar
It might sound basic, but sending an application littered with spelling mistakes and bad grammar could mean you fall at the first hurdle. Take an extra minute to proofread your CV and covering letter before sending them to FTI Consulting and consider getting a second pair of eyes from a careers adviser, friend or family member.
‘We’re a consulting firm, so the quality of our communication with external clients is really important,’ explains Kimberley. ‘It’s helpful for us to see that you can maintain a high standard of spelling and grammar in your application. Once you work here, you’ll regularly send emails to clients and plan presentations.’
5. Let your interpersonal skills shine
Life at FTI Consulting involves talking to clients on a daily basis, so interpersonal skills take centre stage. ‘We’re looking for people who are friendly and sociable, who can think logically when advising clients and who can articulate themselves well, both verbally and in written form,’ says Neha.
You can write/talk about how you have developed your interpersonal skills in your CV, covering letter and interview(s). Part-time jobs and extracurricular activities such as university societies, sports teams and volunteering are renowned for developing these skills, so be ready to draw on these experiences as examples.
Assessment centres give FTI Consulting a chance to see your people skills in practice, through your interactions with other candidates and through informal networking with current employees.
‘Be prepared to talk to FTI Consulting representatives at your assessment centre, ask questions and get to know them,’ says Kimberley. ‘Alongside the other more structured activities, this is an opportunity for you to talk to some senior stakeholders at FTI Consulting and shine through in a different way. If we’re not seeing you interact, it’s much harder for us to discover more about you. Equally, when somebody at FTI Consulting is impressed by a student they’ve spoken to, they will tell us!’
Neha adds: ‘One thing I’d emphasise is that you don’t need to be the loudest person in the room or the one always taking the lead. We have seen candidates before who tried to be a bit too dominant in a group scenario, which had a negative effect on their peers.’ You need to give your input, but remember that interpersonal skills also include listening, patience, empathy, motivation, dependability and flexibility.
6. Get to know FTI Consulting’s ‘I CARE’ values
FTI Consulting’s values spell out ‘I CARE’:
You can find out more about these values on FTI Consulting’s website – and Neha and Kimberley recommend that you at least familiarise yourself with what they mean.
‘Our interviewers have been known to ask students if they know what our values are. While we might not explicitly ask you to expand on how you share these values, they are in the back of our minds when we’re deciding who to hire,’ explains Neha. ‘Our values define our culture so we want to know that you will be able to exemplify them.’
7. It’s important that you be yourself
Recruitment at FTI Consulting is a two-way process, so you can get to know the company and they can get to know you. For this to work, you need to let your real personality shine. While it’s good to keep in mind FTI Consulting’s values and your interpersonal skills, do not lose yourself in the process.
’I know it’s a cliché, but it’s very important that you be yourself throughout the recruitment process,’ says Kimberley. ‘With previous candidates, we’ve sensed that they’re hiding their true selves, and this can come across as insincere. We’re not looking for one type of person, so there’s no need to put on a front of what you think we want to see. We just want to get to know you.’
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