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This process will take around 30 minutes to complete. Blackstone requires you to fill in personal information and submit your CV. They usually ask you to write an essay, ranging from inspirational workpieces to why would you be good for the programme. The Spring Week for Blackstone is firm-wide but you can only apply to their Diverse Leaders Programme or their Future Women Leaders one.

How to respond for success

Blackstone loves to see unique individuals as much as possible. They also love to see that you are passionate about diversity and inclusion as much as you are about wanting to work at the firm. Ruan recommends thinking outside the box for your answers and for your essays - they are extremely selective so it is important to stand out. For example, Ruan wrote his essay for an ‘inspirational book or workpiece’ and wrote about ‘Winnie the Pooh’!

Expect a 1 to 2-month wait before progressing to the next stage.

Final Interview

For the final stage, Ruan received an email asking him to respond with an essay regarding the ‘importance of diversity in the workplace. You have a limit of 300 words to try to wow them with your understanding of the topic but also again you have to show that you understand it differently from how everyone else will.

How to respond for success

Ruan advises that it is best to emphasise a slightly different or more in-depth perspective than one that others might give. HR are likely to come across very similar and standard responses so it is imperative that you give a unique response. Maybe not as out of the box as for a topic such as ‘inspirational works’ but try to give it a twist of your own.

Expect a 1-2 months wait before receiving your offer.
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Final Interview

For the final stage, Ruan received an email asking him to respond with an essay regarding the ‘importance of diversity in the workplace. You have a limit of 300 words to try to wow them with your understanding of the topic but also again you have to show that you understand it differently from how everyone else will.

How to respond for success

Ruan advises that it is best to emphasise a slightly different or more in-depth perspective than one that others might give. HR are likely to come across very similar and standard responses so it is imperative that you give a unique response. Maybe not as out of the box as for a topic such as ‘inspirational works’ but try to give it a twist of your own.

Expect a 1-2 months wait before receiving your offer.
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