Hanna Rivera, Alumni of the International MBA, class of 2014, is currently working at Hilti.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I found out about Hilti through an email from Margarida Constantino inviting all of us MBA future graduates to participate in a challenging Outperformer Program the company has to offer. This took place around January 2014.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
Well, more than anything Margarida was always available for me. I did not know much about the company, nonetheless she made sure I had all the key information in order to take the best decision. In addition, she offered to coach me in the interview process and additionally sent me some files that included key aspects that are evaluated in most of the recruitment processes in order for me to prepare in advance.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The recruiting process… to be honest was quite long.
First I had the first interview in Madrid with the HR Director, after that I had a Skype interview with her and the General Manager. Then I had to comply with some tests which took around 5 hours. Having done the above I proceeded to the next stage which consisted on a business case which I was given and had to resolve on the spot, no previous preparation.
One day after, I was informed I had passed and they invited me to the Assessment Center in Mexico. I said yes and well around mid-April I was flown there with 4 other peers, some from Chile, another one from the States quite diverse actually. There we were evaluated for 3 consecutive days in several tests, from business cases, to introducing ourselves, managing teams, ethics etc. The ¨judges¨ were people from Hilti, from all over the world and every department. I mean the evaluation was completely holistic and integral, people from Schaan, from France, from Panama, and not only HR, but specialists in MKT, Finance, the GM, etc.
This I really liked, even though it was tiring, I believe it is the most honest way to take a decision, and it gave all of us a true sense of the company and the people.
Three days later they made their choice and I was informed I was selected. The next day, I had an interview with the GM for all the Region (all LA), and a couple of days later they gave me an offer.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
Sure, the best advice I could give is that if you are interested in Hilti, you have to share their culture. They truly believe in it and everything they do follows their 4 pillars. It is like if they had a special “seal” for their actions and their way of work. So if you do not share it, I believe you won’t fit or even worse you will be unhappy and won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunity given, so in conclusion my advice it to know yourself, truly research the company and then take an informed decision it is for your best.