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The interview process

Jake Lamplough

Analyst

Jake Lamplough, an Associate at Fairgrove, discusses his interview process at Fairgrove and the training the firm offers to the new joiners.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

I studied Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. I actually did a year of Engineering first, before switching over to ‘E&M’. I wanted a slightly more real world, business-applicable degree, and subsequently enjoyed it very much, so no regrets about the switch so far! I am also a keen hockey player, and enjoy cooking and eating good food.

What was your interview process like at Fairgrove, and how did you prepare for it?

My interview process at Fairgrove consisted of the traditional CV, cover letter and online tests, then three rounds of interviews. The first round was a simple market sizing case study, the second round was a more in depth case study that required some more in depth analysis. I really enjoyed the final round as it gave me the opportunity to do some research, create slide output and then present my findings to the partners. There were also personality and fit questions mixed in along the way, to ensure both you and those you would be working with would be happy if you were to join Fairgrove.

What kind of training does Fairgrove offer to new joiners?

Fairgrove training is a combination of three elements. Firstly, there are structured courses given by other employees, on everything from professionalism to strategy (all the things needed to be a model consultant at Fairgrove!). Secondly, we use an online training platform to improve our excel and data analysis skills and ensure our output is top of the range. Finally, we have on the job training, which you will draw on the first two elements to apply to a real-world project. It may seem a little daunting to go into a project without being fully trained on a specific topic, but you tend to learn much better and much quicker this way, and combined with the support of the team, you will never feel snowed under at all. The best thing is you will continue to learn every day and in between projects you can continue with the training courses!

What has been your favourite project at Fairgrove so far?

My favourite project at Fairgrove so far has been a large due diligence and strategy project we did for an outsourced employment services (payroll, employment in different countries, recruitment, accounting, etc.) specialist. It involved evaluating the current company and its acquisition target, as well as making evaluations on the future direction the company should take. It was a tricky but insightful project and I learnt a lot whilst doing it.

Favourite quote:
“Anyone can cook” – Gusteau from Ratatouille

Pineapple or no pineapple on pizza?
If anyone likes pineapple on pizza, show them the door.

How would you describe Fairgrove?
Collaborative, ambitious and fun