Carmen Mateos, International MBA 2014 Alumni, tells how he managed to enter this leading company.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
My Career advisor, Margarida Constantino, told me that the company had selected my CV from the CV Book, as they didn’t publish an offer. When I confirmed I was interested, I received the first email from Gas Natural HR.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
I kept in touch with my Career Advisor during the whole selection process. This was really useful because she helped me focus on the most important things (for example, she told me the most important information I should learn about the company before the interviews).
Everything we learnt during the MBA in the Career Management Center (CMC) workshops was really useful to prepare for the interviews, refine the elevator pitch, learn ways to structure your ideas, etc.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
First stage: online assessment with two types of tests: logical reasoning and motivations&values. There was a time limit for the logical reasoning exercises (tip here: don’t get stuck! It’s better to move on the next exercise than to loose time). The motivations&values test was really familiar to me, as we had done similar ones for the Leadership course in the MBA. You had to choose the sentences that better described you (tip: think about every sentence you are given and be honest, don’t try to guess what the company would prefer; they just want to know more about you).
Second stage: group dynamics. We were 8 candidates working as a group, and 7 recruiters/observers. It lasted for 2 hours and a half.
Third stage: personal interview with HR partner. Gas Natural Fenosa works with a couple of consulting partners. The interview lasted for an hour. It was a general HR interview.
Fourth stage: personal interview with a General Manager. In my case, it was with the Head of Communications. It was a general interview, with an emphasis on the future: what areas of communications I liked the most, which ones I didn’t enjoy, what I would like to explore, etc. They wanted to see the match between my interests and their needs.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
Be yourself and know yourself deeply. It may sound cheesy but I’m convinced these are the most important things. It was really useful for me to reflect about the most significant projects I have worked in, thinking about how I contributed, what I learned from them, etc. If you carefully think about your CV beforehand, your explanations will come out more naturally and coherent during interviews.
I would also encourage keeping in touch with the CMC through all the process. They will help with their knowledge and tips. And lastly, feel free to ask the company questions during the process, HR people are there to help too, and I have to say everyone was extremely kind and helpful with me.