Interview with Tolu Abraham, Graduate at Capgemini
Name: Tolu Abraham
Title: Graduate – Software Engineer
What did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied software engineering and graduated in July 2015.
What inspired you to apply for the role you’re in?
I have always been interested in working in a tech company and when I read about Capgemini, I realised my values aligned well with the company’s, which made it a good fit for me. Also, Capgemini was ranked in the Times’ top 50 employers for women in the UK in 2015, which really appealed to me. I wanted to work in an environment where I would be able to demonstrate my skills as a software engineer, and acquire new ones on a regular basis. The opportunity to receive training on the job and equip me to work on a variety of projects was also a huge plus for me.
How long have you been working at Capgemini?
I have been working at Capgemini for six months.
How did you apply for the role? Which steps did you have to take?
I applied for the role on the company’s careers website. I initially filled out an application form, answering questions about myself and about the role I was applying for. Then, I took the situational strengths tests and technical skills test online, and was invited for a telephone interview where I was asked various questions about my experience and how compatible I was for the role. After successfully completing the telephone interview, I was invited for the second round of interviews where I got to meet managers and an insight about what to expect as a graduate at Capgemini.
What do you think helped you get the role?
I was looking for a role that was challenging and also helped me make a positive contribution to the company. Demonstrating confidence and enthusiasm also played an important role during the interview stage. I really had to put myself out there and show off my skills, in front of a group of experienced managers.
Have you got any tips for the application form? What about the interview?
Do some research about the company to identify what they stand for and if you see yourself working for them. Make sure your answers are in line with what Capgemini is looking for. Proper preparation is important for the interview. Confidence is really important, too, as you will be judged on your communication skills and how you put yourself across to other people. Finally, listen to the questions carefully before giving an answer.
What can graduates expect from a role at Capgemini company?
Graduates can expect a challenging role where they will be able to take on various responsibilities. No two days are the same, and you will have the opportunity to work on different projects with different people in different locations. You’ll work in teams across the board, as well as be expected to work independently and take initiative. Graduates will also get training, which is hugely beneficial. The possibilities are endless in this role.
What do you most like about your role? And most dislike?
At Capgemini, I have been exposed to several different tasks and have responsibility for some of them. Leading a daily scrum meeting (a project management meeting for software development) really early on in my role gave me good exposure and was a good start for my career in software engineering. I like the fact that I have been able to face interesting challenges daily, apply critical thinking skills and seek solutions. I have also been able to work together with my team to meet clearly set out goals and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
Describe a typical week in your role (tasks, people you work closely with, challenges you might face)
A typical week involves daily team meetings, where we discuss what we achieved the day before, our tasks for the day and discuss any issues that might impede us from completing our task. After the meetings we proceed to start our tasks for the day and, because I work in a scrum team, we are expected to work collaboratively across a project. This means we could be working on different aspects of a certain task and at the end, we recap on what we have done. If it is the end of a sprint, we have reviews where we discuss what we worked on in the previous sprint, retrospectives where we discuss what has gone well, what didn’t and improvements to be made which will help us in future sprints (a timed development implementation). We then have a sprint planning meeting where we discuss tasks which will be undertaken in the coming weeks. Sprints usually last for about two to three weeks. One challenge is that graduates might be expected to work on an advanced task of which they have little experience, but with the right support, we’re able to do it effectively.
What do you want to go on to do?
I would like to keep working as a software engineer at Capgemini and take on more challenging roles in the future, as a project manager.