Patricia Condemarin, Alumni of the International MBA, class of 2015, is currently working at Hilti.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
Initially I was contacted by them through LinkedIn for an MBA rotation program called “Outperformer”. I got through a very long and competitive process and even traveled to Panama for a final assessment with other candidates; however I wasn’t chosen to be a part of the program. After a few days, they called me and told me that they would love to have me back to participate in another process for a position based in Brazil and US, which was the one that I finally got.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
The CMC helped me a lot by giving me tips and advice during the process, which was very strict. The CMC was key specially before travelling abroad for the final assessment. I had a few doubts that they helped me resolve really fast. They were also aware of how the process was going, always very open to any last minute meeting.
The IE experience definitely provided me with a handful of tools that allowed me to succeed during both processes. I felt really confident on my ability to present in front of an upper management audience and to solve and explain a business case with a very hard Q & A session afterwards. Practicing so many cases during the IMBA program helped me to identify the main points of any business problem with a wide perspective, present solutions and arguments based on my experience and knowledge.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The recruiting process started with an interview with the Supply Chain US Director, then another one with him and his team with lots of questions about the business, skills, work experience and myself. After this I had another one with the Global Supply Chain Director and with the Brasil Supply Chain Director. At some point I had to do a business case.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
The most important thing is to prepare yourself in advance for the interview. It is not enough just to look around the webpage, it also requires a deep understanding of how their business works, where the company is going and what their values are. Hilti is a company that invest a lot of resources in their people, which is why their selection process is very thorough; they want to be sure that they have found someone that fits really well with their corporate culture. And finally, don’t forget to be yourself and be confident with your set of skills; the process itself is quite long and difficult, but after a year at IE, I think we can overcome any selection process as challenging as this.