At Cupole, we’re a collective of great minds and big hearts. But instead of keeping that for ourselves, we want to give you a chance to read some more about our people and what they have to say about themselves and Cupole.
Let’s get to know a Cupolean!
Hi Hannes, what’s up?
What’s up with you?
This interview isn’t about me – don’t try to change the focus. You’ve just started your first ‘real’ job as a management consultant – what are your impressions so far?
My first impressions are that the job is incredibly fun, fast-paced and challenging. For me not being able to skip morning lectures, as I could at Uni, has been a little difficult to adjust to… However, always being stimulated and enjoying work weighs up the scale.
You’re part of our post-graduate-program Cupole Academy, would you care to describe the advantages of being part of a program and not just being shipped into a project your first day?
Being part of a program has been great as we have spent the first couple of weeks getting to know Cupole, each other (in this year’s Cupole Academy) and useful skills in PowerPoint and Excel, before putting our skills into real-life use. Besides having fun together, we have been able to help each other out. It has been fantastic to know that we all share this new experience!
Why did you take an interest in Cupole in the first place?
Firstly, Cupole caught my interest because it’s a small but fast-growing consultancy firm. This appealed to me as I didn’t just want to be one in the crowd, and most importantly I wanted to be at a firm that’s hungry for more. Secondly, what really convinced me that Cupole was right for me, was the company’s care for its consultants.
Last year, what was going through your mind when you were applying to join us (and other firms)? What was your strategy and how did you feel during the whole recruitment process?
Last year, applying to various companies and positions was an exciting journey for me as I realized what I wanted to do along the way. Meanwhile, the uncertainty of where I would end up the following year was quite stressful and tiring at times. My strategy to cope with this was to formulate a clear plan of how to achieve what I wanted – finding an interesting job in a motivating environment. After that, I applied to several positions and entered many different processes. For me, it was important to be able to choose my employer among alternatives, rather than just ending up somewhere. Finally, I prepared for interviews and case-solving by reading strategies online, doing practice tests and talking to friends and family.
Ok, now let’s get to know you a little bit better in person. We’ve made a take on the Proust-questionnaire* to get to the core of who you really are (it’s really not that intense, have fun with it):
1. What is your take on success?
It’s something I want to achieve!
2. What living person inspires you on a regular basis?
3. What word do you overuse?
Kult [kuul-t] (adjective), conjugation of the non-conjugable word “kul”.
4. You have 8 weeks of holidays; how do you spend it?
With a cocktail of activities in several different places, being stimulated by new impressions every second of the day.
5. What is your most commonly used emoji?
6. If I say ‘plz fx’, how do you respond?
7. Do you have a motto, or do you play the lotto?
I play the lotto.
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9. How would you summarize the Cupole Culture in one sentence?
Working hard, together.
Thanks Hannes for taking the time to let us know a bit more about yourself! For our readers; Stay tuned for more from our Cupoleans!
*In case you haven’t heard about the Proust Questionnaire before; it has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.