Arnaud Van Branteghem, IE MIM 2016 student, will be joining IBM at Brussels as Business Consultant, upon graduating in September 2016. As a Business Consultant at IBM, he will work where business and technology converge. Business consultants partner clients to explore their most challenging business problems, bring new insights, offer perceptive advice and develop innovative solutions across a range of areas including strategy and processes, asset management, transformational projects and change.
Arnaud has shared with us his experience of the recruitment process.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I discovered the Consulting by Degrees program while browsing the Jobs section on LinkedIn.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
The CMC was really helpful in reviewing my CV and CL extensively, making sure every element on it was thought through and was sending the right message to the employer. But the conversations with the career counselors of the CMC are what really helped me to form a clear image of what I actually was looking for in a first job. By having this clear vision, I felt really comfortable in every interview because I was sure what I wanted and was not just trying to impress the interviewer.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The recruiting process with IBM consisted of:
- CV screening and if positive resulting in an invitation for the assessment day
- Assessment day consisting of:
- presentations by HR, managers and recently joined consultants
- business case in group to assess team work capabilities: 25 min discussion and preparation + 10 min presentation to the two consultants who are observing the whole exercise
- lunch with informal talk with some of the consultants
- 3 to 4 individual interviews with managers of the consultant department, CV based no more business cases involved
At the end of the day, the selection of candidates is made and everyone knows whether they have made it or not.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to IBM?
What I think IBM values a lot in the candidates is a passion for technology. So having something on the CV that indicates you have a strong interest in tech is a huge plus. A previous work experience or personal project related to that is an even bigger plus.
Furthermore speaking multiple languages is very important, especially in the Brussels office. Between Dutch, French and English you need to have a good command over at least two of them because business is conducted in all of these languages in Belgium.