I met a young soon-to-be college graduate through a referral as a recruiter. I was assisting a close friend by giving this entry level gentleman some advice. He was about to complete an internship at the company for which my friend works, and was referred to me to share with him some tips and tricks at how to break into a great opportunity.


This intern came into my office looking groomed enough to be a future CEO, CFO, or COO. He was well spoken, polished, professional, and confident. He had prepared a list of questions to be answered, and had taken the time to research my credentials as a recruiter as well as the organization with which he was interviewing. The gentleman had a firm, dry handshake, a can-do attitude, and a smile. The fact that he was wearing a crisp suit/tie/shirt did not go unnoticed. He dressed better than many people who work at the corporate level, especially in South Florida, where it is notoriously hot and humid outside.

His preparation for the interview, ability to converse both as a person and about his field of study, and the attitude of being able to make things happen if given the chance, without coming across as cocky or arrogant, makes me wonder why others are not taking a page from his book! I knew when meeting him that he would go far in whatever area he chose to pursue in business.

 

Fast forward 5 years: the same gentleman and I remain in touch. He recently reached out to me to assist him in hiring his own employees! He remains in contact with the network he made while interning, and goes to lunch with his colleagues when he returns to town. He is incredibly well liked, and has been very successful both in industry and in starting his own business.

As an entry level employee, this young superstar never acted with an expectation of more than he was capable of. He never came across as entitled. He simply showcased his capabilities, and leveraged his network as a professional who was beginning his career.

Congratulations on your success (you know who you are) and you are an exemplary example of starting your career the right way!

 


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Anonymous
04/23/2012 11:04am

Jessica, This is a superb example of what EVERY candidate should be doing in preparation for an interview. Especially the part about doing research on the company and coming with QUESTIONS. I cannot tell you how many times candidates have come in for an interview and when asked, they have absolutley no questions. I find this amazing and quite disturbing. This response tells me that they did not take the time to educate themselves on our company by doing research and really do not care about ANYTHING....ie: benefits, team environment, opportunites for advancement, etc. Please tell this gentleman that if he EVER needs a job, I'd be happy to work with him! You know who THIS is :)

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Sandra Hammerstein
05/03/2012 7:03am

Thank you for posting these seemingly simple success stories. It gives the rest of us comfort in knowing our efforts do not go unnoticed. Recently, I met a recruiter who went above and beyond and I feel confident my turn is right around the corner. You know who you are! Someday we’ll do lunch and laugh about this.

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