Recruiting Tips

At this point in the MAcc program, students are finishing midterm exams and are in the midst of first-round interviews for full-time positions at public accounting firms. The first seven-week term of the program been certainly been a whirlwind, so this is a good opportunity to sit back and reflect on all that has been happening as well as share some advice for future students.

Here are my 5 Recruiting Rs:

#1: Reflect
Use the opportunity of upcoming interviews to think about yourself and your experiences. Not only are these reflections useful to answer behavioral questions during interviews (“tell me about a time when…”), but they are also incredibly helpful when having conservations with recruiters at pre-interview recruiting events. It helps you to articulate your story and communicate to others what you are looking for in a company.

#2 Research
Most know to research a company before an interview. However, it’s not just memorizing the stats and figures on the company’s website that is going to land you the job. You have to utilize your network to reach out to current and former employees that can help paint a picture of what it’s like to work at their company. Having these conversations and personal connections in the back of your head during interviews will help you immensely.

#3 Relay
Don’t let your research and preparations go to waste because you get nervous during your interview and forget to relay what you know. It’s important to be excited about the position, have educated questions to ask, and show that you put time and care into preparing for the interview.

#4 Relax
Remember to stay calm and think of the whole recruiting process as a chance to get to know people and a company. It’s all simply a string of conversations that will help determine if you’re the right fit for the position.

#5 Rejoice
At the end of recruiting season, it’s time to rejoice! Hopefully you have received an offer (or multiple) and you are pleased with the results. Remember that things have a way of working out. Recruiting is a mutual selection process, and you should end up where you’re supposed to be!

MAcc Men in Black
MAcc Men in Black

Self Discovery

Today I had an interview for a scholarship sponsored by HRACO. It went really well. One of the questions they asked was about what I was was proud of the most. Looking back on the last few years and the other interviews I’ve had which have asked similar questions, I can definitely tell that I’ve grown up (at least more than I was when I started college). before my answers have been a state award I’ve won or a national trip where I was selected to represent Ohio. But today, the only blunder I had in my interview was asking if what I was most proud of had to be something I had done. They were confused by my question, so I answered it by saying the thing that I was most proud of myself for having done. What my true answer would be is that I am 1) most proud of my fiance and the the accomplishments he’s made this year in college. He has turned an honorary fraternity into one that actually functions, been nominated for 2 fellowships for next year when he starts his graduate degree and many other things along the way and 2) my mom, for taking the initiative to go back to school to get her PhD and reversely putting it on hold when her boss asked her to take on more responsibility.

It just surprises me how much my priorities have changed in a few short years when I was convinced that I was ‘so grown up’ and ‘so mature’ when I graduated high school. The rest of the interview went really well, and when they asked me if there was anything else I wanted to tell them, I said that it has taken me several years to figure out what I want to do with my life, and now that I know, I’m very excited for the future and can’t wait to start a career and hopefully make a difference.

So I have two questions: What are you most proud of that either you have done or have witnessed/helped someone else accomplish? Is there a moment where you can identify that you finally figured out what you want to do with your life?

A busy week

It is really a busy week. I had two interviews and one project presentation. I got a full score in my first quiz in United States and I applied SSNON Friday.Frankly, the interviews went well while the presentation is bad.

My first interview is Pearl Interactive Network (PIN) in Merry`s house on Monday. Merry is the owner of it and it is a company help the people with challenge. I like that company, not only because it helps the people with challenge get the job, but also Diane and her team modified sort of high-tech tools to assist those people who need assistance. For instance, people who is sight challenged are able to operate Microsoft office software by PIN`s high-tech voice system. We talked something about my family and my study in China. I was not nervous to share my information with them. Even I would like to talk more to them, since they are very very nice! However, I can`t  get an intern there, since I have only been in United for 1 month and  I am not able  to have an effective communication with people with challenged . What`s more, PIN is a virtual home-base company and it will take a long time for me to realize  my development. But Merry told me to keep in touch and Diane said I would be hired if they have an office. I look forward to helping them in the future.

My second interview is with Erin from Roll-Royce. I did well since my awesome roommate Jessica helped me prepared it; Tanvi, who had internship this summer there, shared some information with me; Professor Hills taught  me  strategy of interview. And thank myself who did a good research in the company. I was excited to share my excellent experience in the Student Union with Erin and she definitely was attracted by my colorful experience.  She also smiled when I analyzed the business of Rolls-Royce. By the way, she is really interested in my position as a student blogger.

I didn’t give the class a good presentation yesterday. I felt ashamed. Sorry, team members. I should re-schedule my time and try to quickly adapt to my new and exciting life!