Luis Martínez Vázquez, International MBA 2015 Alumni, currently works for Credit Suisse.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
When seeking the right job opportunity, research and patience are key. My Career Advisor Ana Herranz made a key recommendation to apply early and how to seek online career opportunities. I first made a tree map with industries I was interested and top companies; then visited each of their websites and looked for their career/jobs section, aiming mainly for MBA programs and applied online. Credit Suisse has a very well organized global online recruiting platform.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
CMC was very helpful in revamping my CV and in helping me understand a recruiter’s standpoint when applying, I was also lucky to have a CS presentation hosted by CMC at IE Madrid, where I met face to face with CS head hunters and other CS staff and even have my first interview while they visited IE.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The process was quite standard: suit the profile, apply online and follow up through emails and phone calls. Once they show interest, be prepared for the first round through research, networking and being up to date with the industry and company. Then, they test you by asking for a deliverable within 5 days. Here, research and intuition is vital as they provide almost no instructions. Next stages are interviews, some at their local office in Madrid and further ones usually arranged on a 1-day trip to their headquarters. Swiss are very relaxed and welcoming so my take is be yourself and show confidence and personality over your knowledge and experience.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
Three points of advice when applying:
- Forget you are a student, specially drop your MBA badge, it’s just a key that gives you access to their MBA programs. It also means working on your applications and deliverables on final exams week and reading the Financial Times instead of class case studies. Grades don’t get you a job.
- It’s not about what you want, but about what they want. Understand and analyze the MBA program, profile and job description thoroughly to the point you feel as if you wrote it yourself. By truly understanding what they seek, the better prepared you’ll be when writing your CV, Cover Letters, and the rest of the application. It also proves rewarding in interviews.
- Timing is essential. Make time work for you instead of against you by being first in every way possible. Be the first to apply and keep your application on fast-track. Always be available.