January 27 – February 28
I am officially done recruiting! Well, kind of. I am done interviewing and have heard back from every place I’ve interviewed with, but have yet to pick an offer. Which is great because my deadline to do so in 2 days. No Pressure.
Honestly, I am a little stressed out between two of my choices. Both great companies, but one would definitely be more of a lifestyle choice and the other more of a career choice. In my next post I’ll share who I’ve accepted, in the mean time, here are my general impressions and tales of recruiting ups and downs:
- Amazon – Wow, Amazon loves MBAs. They interviewed a ton of people (often for multiple roles – my experience). I wish they had taken into account our preferences a little bit more (I was asked in a first round if I was interested in PM or PMT, I said PM, but my final round was for PMT). I generally liked everyone I spoke to there though and didn’t really see the infamous culture that sometimes gets them bad press
- Apple – Also likes MBAs, but definitely more of a later-game recruiter (which is interesting for such a big tech company!). I didn’t hear back from Apple until late February and they had lots of roles they wanted me to interview for. At this point, I had already narrowed my choices down to two firms, so ultimately decided not to interview. I’ve heard good things from those who have though
- Microsoft – LOVE Microsoft and Seattle. The first round seemed very focused on my understanding of Microsoft, but the final was more about me and my fit. Two of my four interviewers asked me to pitch my book (<— okay it sounds fun now, but in the moment I was like, oh no I haven’t practiced this in months O_O)
- Intuit – Maybe the best group of people I’ve met throughout my recruiting process. So generous, welcoming, kind, and smart. There are individuals I met here that I genuinely want to be friends with. Was very impressed with the people and the culture.
- Google – Google’s process is interesting. You basically just apply to Google (no specific role) and they select what they want to interview you for. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with this (it was like taking a career quiz – seeing where Google thought I’d fit best). I ended up getting an interview with YouTube, so I think they did a good job selecting the team for me 😉 (seriously, I bet I’ve watched more YouTube than anyone who applied this year).
- Facebook – Also exceeded my expectations. The first rounds were very different person to person, but mine was very focused on self-reflection. Final round was incredibly structured (which I appreciated!) and the team seemed both focused on me as a person and what I could specifically bring to FB (I thought this was a good balance).
- LinkedIn – So, this was the only company I was a bit disappointed in recruiting process-wise. It felt like different parts of the recruiting team weren’t talking to each other. I did a phone screen very early with them (November?) and was told I’d received an official interview for December (which ultimately didn’t materialize, but holidays ya’know). I get a call in early January saying one of the roles I’d applied for had been filled. That same week I received an email from a different recruiter, informing me my interview was delayed because they wanted to go through all the candidates before interviewing anyone (hmmmmm?). Early February, I received another email saying my interview would be in a few weeks. Then in late February, I got a call saying they weren’t going to interview me at all (womp womp). Seems like there may be some opportunity for improvement there, but who knows if there’s context I don’t have.
- Stripe – Apparently isn’t taking MBA interns, but I tried? Haha
Now that recruiting is (almost) done, I am REALLY enjoying life. Think: writing a lot, reading a lot, and maybe playing a video game or two 😉
I’m also going to Utah for Spring Break in two weeks. Ryan and I are staying in Park City and a few of my friends from business school are swinging by for a few days. I am eager to get some quality time with Mr. Ryan. Long distance has not been easy, but when we’re together, in-person, everything is better <3