APPLYING FOR IBT? HERE ARE SOME TIPS
Dear future IBTs,
I know January is a peek time for IBT applications and many of you wonder how you should approach this challenge. I have a crystal clear picture in my head about how I felt last year around this time. So I decided to share a few tips that probably also help you understand the program and BESTSELLER more.
Don’t expect it to be a magical solution, these are just a few things based on my past few months here. (+ I know the beginners’ job application struggle way to well…)
1. Know your strengths, your weaknesses, your opportunities and how to achieve improvement. (This tool will be crucial to use anyway during your IBT studies.) Make sure you show BESTSELLER what is your biggest advantage? How do you plan to turn your weakness around? How will you develop yourself if you get into this program? What have you already done to become the person who you are today?
2. Be yourself – I mean the best version of yourself. You need to highlight your unique personality in your application. Are you a super structured responsible person, or more like the always smiley energy bomb? BESTSELLER wants all different personality types in the program. No department or team is the same, and they might be just looking exactly for you as a perfect match!
3. Prove them that an international experience is important for you. Have you travelled a lot already? Did you participate in exchange programs or attended international schools, courses? Maybe you just always loved learning languages, or browsed the world atlas in your free time dreaming about exploring the world. Tell them why are you hungry for this experience?
4.Know your own culture: what value does it bring to the organisation? There can be so many different reasons. If your country is a leader in producing textile goods, imagine how much extra knowledge you may already have! Or do you come from one of the potential end consumer’s countries? Share your opinion about what your people need from a company like BESTSELLER. All your cultural values and differences will make the IBT team and BESTSELLER stronger. So know what those are. Most importantly: be curious of Denmark’s culture too!
5. Make sure your CV, motivation letter, introduction video, and portfolio shows different sides of you. This is your chance to paint as big of a picture as you can before they select from a 1000 applications. You don’t want to list the places you worked at in chronological order twice. If you mention something, it should have a reason. What experience have you gained there that is relevant to the job you’re applying for? Are you showing the skills that BESTSELLER is looking for?
6. Your video should be professional but personal too. Try to have fun with it! If you were the HR person, would you be interested watching it after the first 15 seconds? Show your enthusiasm and be yourself!
7. You need to make sure that some specific skills that the job requires are highlighted. As I designer I know it would be hard to get a job without Adobe Illustrator knowledge. So when I put my portfolio together I included many technical sketches and pages that show professional competences. I assume it’s the same if you apply for finance. Definitely send some well-done formulas in excel. (that was a joke – Danish people like sarcasm).
Well I like the number 7, so I’ll leave this post it as it is for now. I hope I filled some gaps about the application process. You are always welcome to comment here or message me!
I wish you lots of luck and don’t forget: it’s all worth it 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Keep checking the Design diaries to hear more about the daily adventures of a designer in the IBT program. At the same time feel free to ask any questions regarding the subject.