Graduates FAQ

How long is the recruitment process?

Once we have received your application, we aim to get back to you within a week. If we invite you for an interview, this will happen quickly - probably around a week after contact. The second interview is carried out in a similar period of time and an offer can be made within a month of initial contact.

How can I prepare for the interview process?

We want to get the best out of you in your interview. You know what qualities and skills you bring to us, so make sure you tell us. We need to be sure you are actually interested in the different facets of the role, so researching and showing an enthusiasm for the industry and our projects is a must. Showing how you stand out from the crowd can be tough, so have a think before the interview about the achievements and experiences that make you the best person for the job.

What is the split between technical and functional and business work?

Every consultant at Alfa starts off by learning our product from the inside out. That means software development, and the early years as a consultant with Alfa will have a heavy technical bias. At the same time, you will learn about the asset finance industry as you change and add new bits of functionality to the product, spend time with our clients, and attend the plethora of training we have set out for you.

Will I get the chance to work overseas?

Your initial training will be based in London and we have projects in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe. If you are happy to work overseas there is a good chance you will be given that opportunity once you have gained sufficient experience, depending on project needs.

How will I get to know my colleagues?

We have company meetings every quarter and staff events such as the annual conference and partners’ black tie dinner. We also have informal groups from surfers to photographers, as well as regular team social events.

Where is your office based?

Alfa has offices all over Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States. In London, Alfa is based in the heart of the City, while in the US we are based in Michigan. We have projects all over the globe.

I have a 2:2 or three Bs at A-level. Can I still apply?

Alfa looks for the best candidates on the market. Our minimum requirements are that you have a 2:1 or above, as well as As and Bs at A-level.

Who will I be interviewed by?

Initial interviews take place with representatives from Human Resources and Senior Management. Second or final interviews will be with two members of the Operational Board.

How long will it be until I am involved in ‘real’ work?

Your induction training will be around five weeks long and carried out in London. You will then be placed on either a client or internal project.

How much time will I spend at the office?

You will work on one of two kinds of project: client or internal. If you are on a client project, you will probably work at their site for four days of the week and return to an Alfa office for the other day. If the client can’t house the Alfa team, you may be office-based. All internal projects are office-based.

Can I defer my start date if offered a position?

Alfa usually has a number of inductions each year and we are open to postponing your start date for a reasonable period of time.

What should I wear to work?

The normal dress code is casual. If you are meeting clients or working on-site, you may need to dress formally.

Will I be working on my own?

You will be working in a team of people ranging from 4 or 5 up to 35. If you are in a larger team, you will be working in a smaller stream. You will always have people who you can directly approach and be supervised by.

If I am working on a client site, will I have to cover travel costs?

Alfa covers all travel and accommodation costs while you are working away from home, as well as paying a generous Daily Living Allowance.

Will I have to work long hours?

Our standard working hours are 9am to 6pm. As with all project-based companies who work to deadlines, there will be occasions when the team needs to pull together and work longer hours to get the job done. However, this is not considered to be the norm.