Q&A: I just conducted interviews in 4 Superdays
I have a long history of posting on WSO and if you've read my posts before, it's no secret that I. I came to the firm as a mid-career professional after having a background in consulting, tech and a variety of other companies. I now lead a team of 15 people, I'm making more money than I ever have and net-net, it's been a great move for my career. I knew of WSO prior to this move and I am grateful for all of the things I picked up as a reader while I was in the process of landing my current role.
Recruiting season is now upon us and I was once again an interviewer for our Superdays. Believe it or not, as much as these Superdays make you nervous as applicants, it can also be brutal on us as interviewers! We held 4 of them back-to-back and I saw 8 candidates on each day. So, quite a few interviews, to say the least.
While I did state that I work in BO, I think that a lot of the advice I can give will apply to& BO and I'll add the following to tickle your brain with different ideas for questions I will answer:
- I have done interviews for both summer and full-time roles coming to us fresh from graduation. Some of those people now work for me and it's nice to see their career progression.
- I have participated in all aspects of recruiting. I've manned the promo tables on campus, I've done initial resume reads, first round interviews, Superdays, behaviorals, case studies. I'm even one of the people that gets to call you and tell you that you got the position - those are fun calls!
- As you can guess, it's not my first year doing this; I estimate that I've seen anywhere from 200-300 applicants in my interview room. I can't even begin to think about how many resumes I've read, easily double that number. I know that sounds high, but I can easily come home with 100+ resumes from a single OCR event. Or HR often sends me 30-60 resumes to narrow the field for first round interviews. So, yeah, 400-600 resumes sounds (about) right.
Finally, I'm putting this out there as a helper for all of you young folks. But please remember this: Don't fall into the trap of thinking that recruiting out of college and landing that oh-so-perfect BB job is something that you have to do or you will be crushed to death! If recruiting season doesn't go the way you want it to, don't worry!
You have a long career ahead of you and you never know if you'll end up in Finance later in your career, just like I did. I see so many kids put a ton of pressure on themselves and it's not healthy. Recruiting is tough, hang in there, do your best and things will work out just like they are intended to be.