OUR APPLICATION PROCESS
This page gives you all the information you need to have the best chance of success. From an overview of the recruitment process to tips for every stage and FAQs, everything you need to know is right here. Good luck!
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APPLYING AT NEWTON
The recruitment process for our graduate consulting roles is designed to showcase life at Newton, as well as get the very best out of you.
- It could take as little as a week to become part of the team
- Receive useful 1:1 feedback at the latter stages of the process
- No cover letter or CV necessary to apply
- Hybrid process for you to get the best out of being virtual and meeting us in person
Get to know our business and if you think we could be a good fit, fill in our application form online. The next step involves taking our online maths and data interpretation test.
How to apply successfully
Here you will find a wealth of information about our application process, how to prepare for each stage and even practice questions for the numerical testing stage. Also discover what you can expect from the first few months at Newton should you be successful!
Our online test is a 35-minute assessment designed to gauge analytical and numerical ability. These skills allow our consultants to understand complex processes, extract key data and then perform analysis to reach the best solutions for our clients.
- That being said, the maths skills being tested are no harder than GCSE level Maths so it’s worth practicing things like ratios, percentage changes, interpreting graphs.
- We’ll be testing numerical and data reasoning so you’ll be presented with some information, or a graph, and will need to do some calculations or extract some information and then use that to get your answer.
- If you require extra time or reasonable adjustments, please let us know in advance we can accommodate this.
- We don’t have any past papers, but generic numerical skills tests online can help familiarising yourself with the time pressure.
- We know our tests can be hard, but it needn’t cause you any anxiety. You are still likely to pass even if you don’t finish the test.
- If you miss the deadline to complete the test, don’t panic! We understand that university life is busy, so you now have the option to ‘self-extend’ your deadline to give yourself some extra time to complete it.
- You have 7 days to complete the Online Tests.
Make a video
At this stage, we want to hear a bit more about you through an online video interview. As this is our first chance to get to see you, we encourage you to be yourself and let your personality shine through. And our video interview is marked by real people, not AI, so try and be yourself and treat it how you would any other interview!
- Have a good setup (test your lighting, background sound, think about what to wear, have a good Wi-Fi connection). They may sound basic but if you can get the fundamentals right, you can focus on other things.
- To prepare, take some time to reflect on your experiences to date, as well as your key skills and attributes, and think about how they could be relevant for the role at Newton.
- Make sure you’ve done some research about us as an organisation so you know what we do as a consultancy and why you want this role.
- There will be 2 technical questions – the key here is making sure you talk through your thought process/mathematical steps in a clear and concise way, so the assessors can understand how you think. This is important to the role as a key part of the consultant role is making the complex simple, and the simple compelling.
Selection Day is your virtual Newton assessment centre and an opportunity for us to interact closely with each other. It’s a full day consisting of group discussions, case studies and presentations – a simulation of a day working at Newton. Below highlights the structure of the interview.
- How you communicate with others, approach problems, and collaboratively work with others is extremely important to the work of a consultant and the projects on which they embark.
- The day will involve an introduction exercise, Newton Q&A, Group exercise mimicking a project, a case study and validation test. Should you be successful and make it to the afternoon, you’ll complete a 121 technical exercise and mini-interview.
- You’ll also have an opportunity to find out more about Newton from the consultants themselves.
- To prepare, have a think about why you think this job is for you, and about why Newton would be a good fit for you! We’ll want you to reflect on your previous experiences both in and outside of work and education, so try to think about some key examples to talk through on the day
- Make an effort to be yourself and enjoy the day! This is an opportunity for you to meet other candidates and employees at Newton, so try to enjoy it as much as possible!
Finally, you’ve at the last step of your application process – two 45-minute interviews, each with two interviewers. Think of it as a two way conversation, allowing us both to get to know each other better, establish expectations and understand how to get your career at Newton off to the best-possible start.
- The night before your Final Interview, you’ll be invited to a Final Interview dinner, which will give you an opportunity to meet people from Newton, other candidates, and ask any questions you might have around working at Newton or the job in general.
- The Final Interview stage will consist of 2x 45 minute interviews with two different panels of two consultants. One of these interviews will be conducted in-person, and the other will be conducted virtually using a laptop we provide at your in-person Final Interview.
- To prepare, as in other stages, best practice would be to sharpen your numerical skills, and more than anything be ready to explain your logic process to your assessors. For competency questions, we will again be wanting you to reflect on your experiences and be able to link them to competencies asked about in your interviews.
- Your travel to and from your Final Interview will be covered by Newton.
- Please remember to bring your passport/Right to Work documents to your Final Interview!
Got the job? Fantastic, we’ll look forward to welcoming you to the team! While you wait for your induction date, we’ll stay in contact via regular newsletters and offer you the opportunity to join us at an Offer Holder Review Day.
UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
A chance for students to develop the skills needed to thrive in business consulting. This year, we will be running two streams. The Summer Academy – Pioneering Potential Programme for students from a lower socioeconomic background, and our Summer Academy to which we welcome all to apply.
Looking for more application tips from the people who’ve been through it?
Once you have successfully completed our online test, you will be invited to a video interview. Next, we run a selection day where you will be assessed on different skills. If successful, you’ll be invited to a final interview with a non-assessed dinner the evening before for you to ask any and all questions to a group of consultants.
If you are applying for the graduate role, we do not require a CV or cover letter. If you are applying for the experienced consultant position, you will be asked to send in your CV when you apply.
Final interviews take place from mid-September onwards. Whilst you are not in direct competition with other candidates on your selection days or final interviews, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, as applications will close once the required number of offers have been made. Additionally, we encourage you to apply early to secure a place on a selection day and final interview on your preferred date and location. It'll also allow you to choose your preferred start date as these are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Yes, if you require adjustments for the online numerical tests, video interview and selection day, there is a place to state this in your initial application. We always work with candidates who require adjustments to make our tests accessible to all.
If you need to travel to attend your final interview, we will refund your travel expenses. The process for this will be communicated in the invitation to attend.
We really appreciate the commitment made to attend our selection day and final interview. We provide specific feedback from the assessors on both days in the hope that each candidate will find this helpful, regardless of the outcome.
The night before your final interview you’ll be invited to have dinner with a group of consultants and some other candidates. This bit is not assessed, but it’s an exciting opportunity to meet some Newton consultants and ask them questions in a more relaxed setting. The following day you will have two 45-minute interviews with senior staff within the company. These will consist of both competency and technical questions.
The selection day is a professional working environment, so we would advise you to dress business smart, although a tie isn't necessary.
When preparing for the selection day, we recommend you brush up on your numerical skills, like the online tests stage. As well as reflecting on your achievements and why you’d like to join Newton. When invited to your selection day, you will get more information about the different exercises and what to expect.
Once you receive an offer, you'll be sent confirmation and a contract as soon as possible. You’ll have a call with a member of the Graduate Recruitment team to run through the contract and answer any questions.. Finally, you'll be invited to attend review days prior to your induction. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other offer holders and Newton employees and stay up to date with what’s happening at the company.
Following your final interview, we aim that all candidates will hear a decision and feedback within two weeks.