Meng Qiu, Master in Corporate Communication 2015 Alumni, shares her secrets on entering at Mapfre.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I saw this job opportunity on the IE Career Portal and I also received an Email notification from my career advisor, Shuo Xing.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
I have found two contacts inside the company through my classmates at IE, one of them was selected for the same program two years ago and the other one is an IE alumnus. They have helped me a lot to understand better what kind of candidates Mapfre and this program is looking for, and they also gave me great tips about how to ace the interview.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
It was a long process, almost 6 months, but it´s even longer for me than other candidates. The first stage is filling an online form with some basic information in March, then I received an email at the end of June of entering into the next phase, which is a video interview with 7 questions. Then third stage, a face-to-face interview which has two parts, a one to one interview with human resources staff and a test of verbal, logical and numerical capabilities. Some candidates got offer after this stage, but in my case, I waited almost another month and half, until they called me to have another “confirmation interview” with the head of human resources to confirm my interest with Mapfre and this program. At the end, they called me to confirm the offer after one final video interview with the human resources team.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
Mapfre is a very good company to work for, because their corporate strategy is going global for the coming years, make sure you have a global mindset. If you want to join Mapfre from their headquarter in Spain, professional proficiency in Spanish is a must. Also, one thing I have experienced first handed, is taking advantage of your network. The employees of Mapfre are usually friendly and willing to help.