The application process at Reply consists of sending in your CV and an informal personal statement. Recruiters at the firm tell us that they want to receive a clear, concise CV (no longer than two pages), which includes standard CV elements such as your education, work experience and extracurricular activities. So far, so standard. However, bear in mind that ‘Reply is looking to grow our network with graduates who share our passion for technology,’ says a William Hindmarsh, a talent acquisition consultant at the firm. He points out that applicants’ CVs must demonstrate a ‘keen interest in technology and consulting’.
Look at the job description
Show off your consulting skills
Consultants need to be creative problem solvers, who usually work in teams to use their skills to solve business problems. Reply states that no previous consulting experience is necessary to apply for a role with the firm, but it wouldn’t hurt to show how your extracurricular activities have developed skills transferable to the consulting world. Top skills consulting recruiters said they were looking for in 2019 graduate applicants included grit, creative thinking, critical thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving ability and collaboration. Again, probably in your extra-curricular activities section, can you demonstrate that you have been part of a group effort – a sports team, or club, for example, and that you enjoy finding solutions to problems? Can you demonstrate that you could be relied on to make analytical, logical decisions? Make sure you include a few examples like these – having the technological knowledge will not be enough for Reply.
Make your cover letter work for you
Reply is looking for ‘an informal personal statement’ and is happy to receive a covering letter. Make sure your personal statement is specific to Reply, highlighting a couple of relevant achievements or skills that you think will show the firm that you’re a good fit. A covering letter can obviously be longer, but again, make sure the details you include all work towards showing Reply that you enjoy technology and enjoy solving problems. Consultants work with clients and colleague, so an ability to get on with different kinds of people is essential too.