Sometimes you find your perfect career path. Other times, your perfect career path finds you.
That’s what happened to Jahin Habib, who studied electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. Before senior year of college, Jahin thought she had her career path figured out. She planned to graduate college and then land a job in electrical engineering, focusing on research and product design.
But during her senior year she was elected president of her school’s student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). While organizing industry tech talks and information sessions for members, she became well-connected with recruiters. One of those recruiters worked for Accenture Federal Services.
Jahin admits that she (along with most of her electrical engineering classmates) didn’t know the first thing about consulting. Still, something told her to take a leap of faith and apply for an internship with Accenture.
Before long, she was hooked on the company culture, high-energy environment, and the chance to make an impact—not to mention amazing connections. “While I was interning, I attended an IEEE Future Leaders Forum in New Orleans,” she says. “I met a Managing Director at Accenture, and we ended up getting dinner. That’s how I learned about Accenture’s labs across the country and all the innovative work happening there.” Before long, Jahin was convinced she needed to return after graduation.
One year in, she’s already had the opportunity to interact with her company’s C.E.O. “When I started at Accenture, the thought of meeting with C-suite executives never crossed my mind,” she says. “There are countless opportunities to meet and network with leadership at Accenture.”
Jahin says she’s found a career where she’s excited to come to work every day, but there is one thing she wants to see change—more women pursuing STEM careers. “When I was at Virginia Tech, only six percent of electrical engineering students were women,” she says.
Jahin’s best advice for her future coworkers?
During interviews, highlight your experience—whether that’s coursework or internships—and show how it’s made an impact on your life and career. Recruiters want to know more than what’s on your resume!
Challenge yourself to continuously learn. The moment you stop retooling yourself is the moment you start to become comfortable, and it’s hard to grow when you’re comfortable. Graduating college doesn’t mean you’re done learning. It’s only the beginning!
Network, network, network. There are so many paths you can take at Accenture Federal Services. You might start your career in one area and then pursue something entirely different a few years later. Build relationships across the organization so you have champions supporting you throughout your career journey.
One day, Jahin would love to work for one of Accenture’s digital studios, which specialize in technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. But for now, she’s loving the career path she discovered.
Every day when Joe Ciesla would commute to work during his first project as an Associate Analyst at EY, he knew where he’d buy lunch, how many meetings he’d have, and where he’d park his car.
He also knew that he wouldn’t see a single one of the colleagues he worked most closely with. Not that day, not any day.
That’s because his co-workers were based in EY’s Bangalore, India, office—more than 9,000 miles away from his desk in Jacksonville, Florida. Yet aside from some conference calls scheduled at odd hours to account for the half-day time difference, it didn’t feel too out-of-the-ordinary.
Joe’s experience is representative of a new professional paradigm. Companies are increasingly—and rapidly—redefining how their employees interact and operate in a digital, hyper-connected world. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, more than 37 percent of U.S. employees have worked on a virtual team. EY is at the forefront of this trend.
But for EY employees like Joe who work at the company’s Service Delivery Centers—located in Jacksonville Florida; San Antonio, Texas; and Alpharetta, Georgia—the day-to-day is markedly different. They swap a life on the road for a career spent working virtually with international teams that drive results for EY’s clients.
Sound appealing? Unsure? Here are a few tips to help you decide if a virtual job is a match for your personality.
1. Understand Your Communication Style
Do you pride yourself on communicating clearly, whether by chat app, email, or phone call? Or do you thrive only when you’re in the same room as your co-workers?
Working on a virtual team means being constantly aware of how you communicate, especially when that communication is written. It’s easy for a joke to be misinterpreted or a technical description to get lost in translation. But with a little time, you’ll get into the practice of being extra clear with your new co-workers.
2. Think About How You Learn and Grow Professionally
Are you self-motivated, or do you need an extra push to keep improving? Depending on the structure of your virtual team, you may not have a manager on-site to give you constant feedback, so the onus would be on you to advocate for yourself when you want to take on new challenges.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll be left to your own devices. At EY’s Jacksonville Service Delivery Center, for example, there’s a dedicated “learning leader” who’s in charge of developing curriculum to help employees continually grow. They’ve even flown in trainers from other offices to teach classes on specific skills.
3. Decide How Much You Value Structure
No matter how much you plan, different teams across different time zones can lead to some unpredictable days. Working on a virtual team often requires a lot of flexibility, particularly at EY, where your clients are the ones you’re being held accountable to.
If you’re okay with being flexible and enjoy variability, then great! But if you thrive when you’re able to plan out your entire day (or even week) and still want to work on a virtual team, you’ll want to ask plenty of questions during your interview to make sure the work culture is a fit.
4. Consider How You’ll Connect with Your Teammates
At EY’s Jacksonville Service Delivery Center, you won’t be the only employee in the office, but you may be the only employee in that office working on a specific project. That means you’ll need to put in some extra effort to connect with your co-workers.
As luck would have it, all new EY employees there are matched with a peer advisor who can answer basic questions about navigating this environment and working successfully with a virtual team. SDC employees also make an effort to connect outside of work, which helps create camaraderie among colleagues. In Jacksonville, there’s a kickball team, a basketball team, and a running club. These kinds of activities help build a sense of community—even if your direct teammates are thousands of miles away.
So, what do you think? Would you love having teammates on the other side of the world, or do you prefer being in the same room as (most) of your co-workers?
EY’s broader Service Delivery Center group focuses on connecting business and technology to provide solutions that improve their client’s technology architecture and systems, and address complex issues, IT strategy, and performance.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it got us over here at WayUp thinking about dating.
No, we’re not planning to “pull a Bumble” and launch a dating app. Instead, we started thinking how dating can be a lot like job searching! If you think about it, both activities require you to battle your nerves, put your best foot forward, get a good recommendation, and of course, appropriately follow up.
So, we surveyed 662 college students and recent graduates from 410 universities across the country to see if they felt job searching and dating are alike too. In some cases, it seems our survey takers approach dating and job searching similarly, but in other ways, they couldn’t find the two more different. We saw some fascinating divides in the way that men and women think about these two activities too.
Dating causes more nerves than job searching.
First up, we asked survey takers how nervous they get before a first date, and then before a first job interview. It turns out, college students feel significantly more nervous before the date! 48.5% of those surveyed claimed they get nervous before a date compared to 36.3% who said they get nervous before a job interview.
What’s more? Men get more nervous before a date than women do. Looking at the data split by gender, it’s clear that while men and women are equally nervous before an interview (25.35% and 25.67%), men are more nervous than women before a first date (34.27% compared to 30.02%).
Pressure’s on, fellas!
What happens to your nerves when you get older? Well, your priorities shift when you graduate from college, which may affect your nerves.
According to our data, students get more nervous before a date, 32.6%, compared with 24.28% before an interview. However, things change when you graduate from college. Recent grads are more nervous before an interview then they are before a date. Only 27.40% of recent grads surveyed claimed nervousness before a date, while 34.25% said they get nervous before a job interview.
So, whether you have a first date or an interview coming up, just remember to prepare quality questions, take deep breaths, and of course, be yourself!
Students and grads embrace help with job searching, but not with dating.
Whether it’s choosing the right words to craft that pre-date text or the perfect action verb on your resume, how you communicate on the job search and when dating is essential. And, it’s ok to ask others for guidance in this department!
It turns out, men ask for less help than women do. We figured as much, based on that “asking for directions” stereotype ;). According to our data, 42.86% of women claim to ask for help texting that special someone before a date, while only 23.47% of men claim the same.
However, when it comes to getting advice on a resume, men and women aren’t shy: 76.27% of women say they ask for help, while 65.73% of men say the same. Students and grads are much more likely to get a second opinion on their resume then they are on a (flirty) pre-date text message.
Our advice? It can’t hurt to get advice from someone you trust on the job search. Often, a friend or family member can be a great resource to give your resume or cover letter a second look since they know your strengths and weaknesses well.
Based on our own experiences, we found it strange that the majority of students and grads aren’t asking for texting help before a date…maybe they just aren’t admitting it!
Professional referrals are more desirable than date recommendations.
Everyone loves a good recommendation – whether it’s the best restaurant in town or the comfiest sneakers on the market. It’s a known fact that people take their friends’ endorsements seriously.
So, we asked the survey takers two questions – would they be more likely to “go out with someone based on a friend’s recommendation,” and “would they be more likely to apply for a job if you knew someone at the company?” According to our findings, respondents trust referrals more when job searching than they do with dating.
On the job search, knowing someone at the company you are applying for is a big plus. 73.12% of women and slightly more men, 76.06%, agreed that this increases the likelihood they would go for the position.
However, it seems men and women are less likely to go out with someone based on a friend’s recommendation (men even less so!) 69.25% of women surveyed claimed they’d be open to going on a date with a friend of a friend, and 59.42% of men said the same. We were surprised to see that students and recent grads don’t place as much value on dating recommendations as they do on professional referrals (especially men!)
While we can’t speak for dating, we know that one of the best ways to learn about new professional opportunities is to utilize your network. So, take advantage of your friends’ recommendations. You might just end up with a new job and a new bae.
Students and grads are quick to follow up after a date, but not after an interview.
Whether you had an incredible date or interview, it’s crucial to close the loop with a carefully crafted message.
To see if students and grads view following up similarly in job searching and dating, we asked them how long they wait to follow up after both types of rendezvous (that, they presumably thought went well).
We found that there weren’t any significant differences between when men follow up and when women follow up. Luckily, only 3.87% of women and 3.76% of men claim they don’t ever follow up after an interview, and less than 0.48% of women and 0.47% of men don’t follow up after a date.
What we did see though was that both men and women follow up faster after a date than an interview!
Both men and women are much more likely to follow up immediately after a date than after an interview. 36.86% of students and recent grads surveyed said they follow up within one hour of a date, but only 7.40% said they follow up within one hour of an interview.
Yes, an hour is quick turnaround time. However, students and grads are also more likely to follow up within a day of a date than an interview! Out of the hundreds of men and women surveyed, 44.56%, feel that the day after a date is the appropriate amount of time to follow up, while only 28.10% follow up after an interview in that same time frame. The majority of students and recent grads, 48.19%, feel that it’s more appropriate to follow up after an interview within a week.
Pro tip from team WayUp? You should be thinking about your interview follow up more like your date follow up. In fact, our CEO and Co-Founder Liz Wessel says that you should send thank you notes within 12 hours of an interview! You want to remain top of mind to your interviewers, and shouldn’t be afraid to send a same-day thank you, especially if you are highly interested in the company.
While job searching and dating might seem parallel, the data shows that students and grads, in fact, approach them very differently.
However, while we are no matchmaking experts, we do believe that the best practices of each activity hold true to “maximize your results”: Calm your nerves, ask those you trust for help, utilize your network, and follow up quickly.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the WayUp Team! For more interview and job search tips (sorry, that’s all we’ve got for dating advice) see here.
Brace yourself for cheesy cartoon hearts and a strictly pink and red candy aisle in your local convenience store. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is here again. With limited time to plan, you may be asking yourself what you should do—especially on a student’s budget, where anything more than a few servings of ramen could cause a financial strain.
This year, you can save your ramen money. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or a significant other, here are five ways to celebrate that won’t leave your bank account heartbroken.
1. See if your university offers any movie ticket deals.
Yes, this might be the most stereotypical date idea, especially for Valentine’s Day, but it’s tried and true for a reason. Movie tickets nowadays can cost an arm and a leg (seriously, who wants to drop $40 just to see a movie?) so it’s worth it to check and see if your school offers any movie ticket deals.
At Syracuse University, students can purchase $9.50 tickets at the box office in the student center and use them for any movie at the local theater. This is great if you want to get off campus for the night, and it still leaves a little wiggle room in your budget for snacks (because what’s a movie without the popcorn?).
Who doesn’t like a good movie?
2. Find out what’s going on around campus.
Chances are, there’s at least one student organization hosting an event on Valentine’s Day, so use it as an excuse to check out what different clubs are doing. Events can range from dances to Valentine’s themed crafts or cooking demonstrations. Go with an SO or bring some friends along to celebrate! If you’re feeling really adventurous (and you’re single) see if any organizations are hosting speed dating events—even if you don’t hit it off with anyone, it’s bound to be an interesting experience!
Hopefully your Valentine’s Day dance is less awkward than this…
3. Check if any off-campus restaurants are having special deals.
Even if you consider Valentine’s Day one of the top 10 worst days to go out to eat, a great deal could change your mind. Do some research to see if any of your favorite spots are offering deals, like a lunch or appetizer special that can let you feel fancy for less than an average meal. Make sure to read all the fine print before actually taking advantage of any deals, though—just to make sure what you’re signing up for is actually budget friendly.
Yay good food!
4. …or use it as an excuse to cook something yourself!
It’s no secret that dining hall food can get old, fast. So use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse to cook something yourself! This does require a kitchen and access to ingredients, so you may want to plan before the actual day (you could always ask to use a friend’s kitchen in exchange for leftovers). There are tons of recipes online for any palate, and putting the word “simple” in front of whatever dish you look up works wonders for new chefs (especially if you’re apt to burn pasta like myself). So grab some friends or an SO and get cooking!
Find a recipe suited to your cooking skills, whatever they are!
5. Finally, take time to appreciate the people you love in your life.
Everyone loves to feel appreciated, so don’t be afraid to show your friends/family/SO a little extra love, especially on Valentine’s Day! This can be as simple as calling them to tell them you appreciate them, or even making (or buying) your own valentines! You know, like the ones you used to get in elementary school (side note: why did people stop giving these out? They should definitely be brought back.) You can also see if any group on campus is delivering Valentines to people and buy a few for friends. They’re usually cheap, and some organizations donate profits to a charity, so it’s a win-win!
How everyone will feel when you give them their valentines!
Bonus budget-friendly tip: Make sure to stock up on candy after February 14th. Stores usually have steep markdowns on holiday-related candies, so you can get all the sugar you need to make it through midterms season for a great price!
When Kian Nowrouzi’s high school classmates were busy with video games and frequent trips to the mall, he was trading stocks and playing the market.
Anyone who knew him probably wasn’t too surprised when Kian found himself drawn toward economics in college, which he studied while an undergrad. One class led to another, which led to another, and soon he was hooked on behavioral economics, which focuses on the psychological and social factors that affect economic decisions.
In the lead-up to graduation, he knew he wanted to continue working within the field, but he wasn’t sure how to do that. Then he discovered Thermo Fisher Scientific, landing an interview with their Finance Leadership Development Program. He approached the meeting the way you’d probably expect him to: strategically and analytically.
“Before my interview, I started digging into the Thermo Fisher site and reading articles,” he says. “Oil prices were collapsing right around the time of my interview, and I was meeting with someone who worked in the plastics department.”
With oil on his mind, Kian was reminded of a report he had come across that outlined the number of plastic products Thermo Fisher makes every year. To show he’d done his homework, he brought up the report and asked if the change in oil prices had affected production levels.
The good news was, the impact was minimal. The better news? He wowed the interviewer in the process.
He, of course, got the job.
Since his first day a year and a half ago, it’s been non-stop learning and career growth for Kian. Through the rotational program, he’s had the opportunity to work in three different Thermo Fisher locations in two different states, and he’s about to take on a fourth role.
Thanks to the unique format of the program, Kian essentially gets to work four jobs in less time than most people spend in a single job. Not many recent grads can say they’ve done that. “[Leading up to graduation], my experience was similar to a lot of recent grads,” he says. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do because I hadn’t done anything yet.” The format of the Leadership Development Program enabled him to figure out what he wanted to do—and what he didn’t.
The other thing he’s learned? How to adapt to new environments and challenges. In a rotational program, like the one at Thermo Fisher, you have six months to learn a new role, understand the office culture, and make new connections before moving on to another job—and perhaps another state.
When he moved for his job from his hometown of Boston to Pittsburgh, Kian says the transition took some adjusting. But figuring out how to take on a new role and a new city was well worth the challenge. And since his first rotation in cost accounting, which had him working on-site at a manufacturing plant, Kian has channeled his passion for behavioral economics into his career.
Kian knew that putting together a scientific instrument requires a long list of steps from start to finish. If someone misses a step, it costs the company money. So Kian pulled from what he learned about human behavior and finance and devised a solution that made checking off every step of the process a whole lot easier—and more cost-effective for the company.
And what does Kian do when he’s not solving behavioral science problems? Google his name, and you might stumble upon his photography website. In Kian’s world, finance and photography aren’t all that different. “There’s space for art in finance—if you know where to look for it,” he says. For him, that might mean transforming spreadsheets filled with financial data into visual stories that help his Thermo Fisher co-workers make smarter decisions.
While Kian joined the Finance Leadership Development Program, the company also has undergraduate programs in finance, information technology, operations, procurement, and sales, and graduate-level programs in general management and human resources. Check out their open positions on WayUp to apply!
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science. They offer services and products that help customers around the globe in laboratories, in clinics, on production lines, and out in the field.
Sixty-seven percent. That’s the percentage of job seekers who consider a company’s approach to diversity before making a career move, according to a Glassdoor survey. But how do you know if a company’s priorities are in the same place as yours?
Well, we’re here to bring a little clarity to this job search situation. Throughout Black History Month, we’ll be giving you an inside look at companies that go above and beyond to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We’re spotlighting nine companies this week. But if you work for a company that has an amazing approach to diversity and inclusion, we want to hear about it! Send us a tweet @WayUp and let us know!
For years, thousands of BlackRock managers and company leaders have gone through diversity and inclusion training. The company also set up several programs and networks to support employees from all backgrounds.
Just one example? The BlackRock Founders Scholarship, which is awarded to student leaders from underrepresented groups. Winning this prestigious award also lands you a spot in the company’s summer internship program.
Former Unilever intern and Jackie Robinson scholar Chelsea Miller told us all about her summer as an HR and Communications intern.
Founded by the wife of the late civil rights leader and baseball star, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides resources and helps close the achievement gap for college students of color. And since Unilever was the foundation’s first corporate sponsor, Chelsea got to see the impact of that partnership firsthand.
Through a range of employee “Think Tanks” like Women of Color and Out@L’Oréal, the company has created a welcoming environment. L’Oréal is known for its diverse team members, who come from all types of backgrounds and drive company culture.
In fact, their commitment to diversity and inclusion landed them a top 20 spot on the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index. They also earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality rankings.
We recently sat down with Ken Bouyer, Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting for EY Americas, and asked him how job seekers can tell if a company truly values diversity. His advice was pretty memorable.
“The best thing they can do is ask for examples of how that company supports diversity and inclusion,” he said. “If you asked me, I’d tell you that 25 years ago 10 percent of our hires were minorities. Now it’s 30 percent. There are people who wake up every single day thinking about how we’re going to impact diversity for EY.”
They also have a program specifically for employees who refer a candidate who is female, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, a veteran, or a person with disabilities. Finally, the company promotes open conversations about diversity. And not just at the office, but in the consulting industry as a whole—and in the communities where Accenture offices are located.
For the Federal Services arm of Accenture, a commitment to diversity goes beyond the office walls. The company partners with small businesses including women-owned small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, and minority institutions to help them be as successful as possible.
We had the chance to talk with Jaime Battle, a Talent Acquisition Recruiter at Thermo Fisher. In her current role, she focuses on university relations and diversity, working with her team to manage all internships for the company.
Her advice for diverse candidates? Find a mentor. Jaime met Alan Nevel, VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Thermo Fisher, at a conference. He became her mentor and showed her the importance of having someone as a coach and sounding board.
“As a minority woman, it was very important to me to pick a firm that realizes the importance of diversity in the workplace and empowers employees of all backgrounds,” says Monica Bhakhri, a former Deutche Bank intern.
She was accepted into the dbAchieve internship program, which is targeted to rising juniors with a diverse background to expose them to the industry.
Northern Trust is well known for its diversity and inclusion work. The company has been named a top employer by Black Enterprise Magazine, Diversity Edge Magazine, Diversity MBA Magazine, and The Corporate Equality Index—and that’s just the start of it.
Diversity works its way into just about everything Northern Trust does. Case in point? An annual award program recognizing employees who champion diversity efforts, ongoing “diversity at work” training, and involvement with minority-focused business resource councils.
See yourself joining one of these companies? Whether you’re ready to hit “apply” or you still need more options, check back later this month for nine more companies that get an A+ in diversity and inclusion efforts.
With nearly 2 million college graduates entering the job market each year, Amazon needs to consider the preferences of the next generation of talent when deciding where to build HQ2.
So, we conducted a study of 672 college students (freshman and sophomores) from 410 universities across the nation to see which city they want Amazon to build HQ2, based on where they hope to work after graduating.
Surprisingly, Atlanta was the number one choice of students surveyed (11.9%), followed by a tie between Chicago and New York City (11.2% for each), Boston (10.4%), and then Austin (8.8%).
Perhaps these students are huge fans of Donald Glover? Maybe.
However, according to the findings, it seems students care a lot about affordable housing too. We cross-referenced housing data from RENTCafé to see that the average apartment rent in Atlanta is $1,250.00 per month (and 983 square feet large), compared to $3,752.00 and 722 square feet in New York City, and $2,107.00 and 786 square feet in Los Angeles.
Shockingly, Pittsburgh (which a mere 1.5% of students surveyed picked) is the only city that appears on any top bars per capita rankings with 11.8 bars per 10,000 people. These cities need to step up their bar game to attract new grads!
For the full rankings of where students want Amazon HQ2, you can check them out here.
Globally, EY member firms are leaders in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services EY member firms deliver help to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over.
Think you know L’Oréal as a global consumer products company? Think again.
When it comes to building a career here, there’s a lot more to the company than meets the eye(liner). Here are six things we bet you never knew about L’Oréal.
1. L’Oréal is a tech company.
L’Oréal goes WAY beyond beauty products. Case-in-point: this wearable sensor that keeps sun exposure in check
How does a beauty brand get named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies”? Well, when you’re founded by a chemist, science and tech make their way into just about everything you do—like a wearable sensor that measures your UV exposure and is small enough to fit on your fingernail or clip on to a pair of sunglasses.
Want one? It’s called UV Sense and it made its debut during one of the hottest tech trade shows of the year.
2. They’ve partnered with Gigi Hadid and David Beckham (you might’ve heard of them).
L’Oréal’s brands don’t just collaborate with each other. They also partner with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. A few recent collaborations of note: Maybelline and Gigi Hadid; L’Oréal Paris and French fashion house Balmain; and a partnership with David Beckham to launch House 99, a brand-new men’s grooming line.
3.When it comes to sustainability, they’re walking the walk.
L’Oréal is all about that sustainability life. Newsweek placed them first in their annual “green ranking,” which assesses companies based on corporate sustainability and environmental impact. They’re also one of only two companies in the world to get a perfect score from the Carbon Disclosure Project for environmental performance in climate change, water, and forest sustainability—for the second year in a row!
Oh, and their goal is to be a carbon-balanced company by 2020.
4. They’ll teach you SEO…or social media marketing…or coding (or all three).
There’s a reason L’Oréal has been pushing the envelope for 109 years, and it’s because they’re committed to making sure all employees are at the forefront of their fields.
Here’s just one amazing example: Team members can take advantage of an educational program with General Assembly and learn SEO, mobile marketing, social media, and content creation—then put those new skills to use at the office. They also offer in-person training, seminars, and mentoring opportunities to all employees.
5.They’re using their global presence for good.
How many people can say they’re working for a company that has the power to transform lives and communities? Every year, L’Oréal hosts “Have a Beautiful Day,” an event where officers who just returned home from military service can enjoy free beauty consultations and makeovers at the company’s USA headquarters. And so many of L’Oréal’s brands sponsor charities, host fundraisers, and even create whole product lines based on giving back.
Here’s one we really love: This past holiday season, Kiehl’s collaborated on a collection with Disney, where 100 percent of proceeds were donated to Feeding America.
6. They scored a perfect 100 on corporate equality.
More than 100 years of innovation wouldn’t be possible without welcoming and supporting employees from all backgrounds. L’Oréal has a range of internal “Think Tanks” in the US, including Women of Color and OUT@LOREAL, which actively contribute to an encouraging and inclusive workplace. That’s probably why The Human Rights Campaign gave L’Oréal a perfect score in their 2018 corporate equality rankings and named them a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”.
Ready to start your career at L’Oréal (and wow your interviewer with your knowledge of the company)? They’re hiring now!
When Bridget Reichenbach was finishing her psychology degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she figured grad school would be her next step, so she took a year off from school to figure out what she’d study post-college.
But as she was pondering what academic route to take, she got a message from a Qualtrics recruiter. The rest is history (and not the kind a liberal arts major would study in grad school), and she now works there as a Corporate Recruiter.
Recently valued at $2.5 billion, Qualtrics is one of the hottest companies in the world. Their software allows organizations to manage the four core experiences of business—customer, product, employee, and brand experiences—on one platform. They also happen to be hiring for their Product Specialist role, which starts with a deep-dive into Qualtrics’ software and ultimately gives new hires the chance to work with enterprise-level clients. After 10-18 months, you get to join a brand-new Qualtrics team and get crackin’ on solving big problems.
Are you thinking, “I want in! How do I get this gig?” (We know you are.) Well, Bridget was kind enough to give us the scoop on the “Do’s and “Don’ts of how to land this job. Here are four of her most helpful insider tips.
1. DON’T Think You Can Coast Through Your Phone Screening
That initial phone screen with a recruiter might not be the most intense phase of your interview, but don’t underestimate the value of this initial conversation. “The recruiter is going to be your champion throughout the interview process,” Bridget says. Her advice? Show that you’re genuinely invested in landing the job, and the recruiter will be invested in helping you land it.
2. DO Make It Clear You’ve Done Your Research
“It’s not enough to memorize the Product Specialist job listing,” Bridget says. “Before you come in for an interview, make sure you know the Qualtrics story—things like our products and our achievements as a company so far. Most entry-level candidates don’t do that research, so this is your chance to stand out.”
In other words, don’t waste valuable interview time asking about the company’s story. Instead, use it to show why you’re qualified for the job.
Qualtrics does hire a lot of STEM majors as Product Specialists. But Bridget says the company values a balance of both super-technical hires and less-technical team members who are great problem solvers and work well with clients.
Translation: if you’re a liberal arts major and aren’t too technically savvy, that’s okay! Focus instead on sharing real examples of how you never back down from a challenge and talk about the amazing job or internship experience you got in college.
4. DON’T Ask Generic Questions at the End
It might be tempting to recycle your interview questions, especially if you’re interviewing for a few different roles at the same time. But according to Bridget, simply having something to ask isn’t enough. She recommends preparing at least three questions that are specific to Qualtrics. One of her dream candidate questions? “Ask me how growing 50 percent year-over-year for the past three years has affected the culture at our company,” she says. THAT will leave a lasting impression.
Qualtrics is a single system of record for all experience data, allowing organizations to manage the four core experiences of business—customer, product, employee, and brand experiences—on one platform. Over 8,500 enterprises worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100 and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools, rely on Qualtrics.