Francisco Marques da Cunha, Alumni of the International MBA, class of 2015, tells how he managed to enter this leading global company.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
In fact I can’t say that I found this job myself but rather that it found me. I had my CV on the CV book and Emerson contacted me through the career services in order to attend a presentation and go to an interview. For any reason that I can’t remember I missed the presentation but went to that first interview.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
I would say that it helped in three different stages. Firstly because it was through the CMC that I was contacted by Emerson and got the first interview. Secondly, after passing the first interview I had a meeting with the CMC to try to picture what could be expected from the other recruiting stages. Finally, after receiving an offer I could meet with the CMC to understand to what extend the offer was in line with the standard.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The recruiting process is divided in two stages. The first is an interview with Emerson HR at IE (in my case). This stage is supposed to shorten the number of candidates down to 20 or 30 in whole Europe, meaning that the greatest selection is actually done at this stage. Providing that it is a roughly one hour interview it is important to make an impression right away. The second stage is in fact a two days recruiting process. During those days we go through group dynamics exercises, case studies, one-to-one interviews, cocktails and dinner with executives, etc. In this second and final recruitment event the candidates are selected and receive an offer after few weeks.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
Emerson is a manufacturing company therefore engineers have higher chances, however it is important to put some of that background behind and speak the language that candidates at this level are supposed to speak: specifically be prepared to discuss corporate strategy, financial information, sales, human resources, etc. Due to the nature of the company international experience and management or business development positions are highly valued. In case you have that experience make sure you explain what you have done both in the interviews and on your CV. Finally, the first interview is very important for the whole process so make sure you are prepared, relaxed and ready when it comes.