June 16, 2015

How to Get Recruiters to Pick You – Part II

Editorial Team

A few of us at Academy Cube interviewed experts in recruiting and HR to find out what is really important to know when completing your next set of job applications and interview. Here, you will find out what recruiters really think, what skills are important to have as an applicant in today’s business world and what other aspects are important to land a great job.

This is the second interview in our series “How to Get Recruiters to Pick You” with Sarah, HR Recruitment Consultant at SAP. Read the previous interview with Kai, a graduate recruiter at SAP!

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What is on your business card?  (Please introduce yourself and what roles you have briefly)

Sarah, HR Recruitment Consultant at SAP & Business Partner Recruiter


What do you like about your career?

Our team is focused on early talent recruiting.  That means getting young talents excited about SAP and attracting them to join SAP.  It is very interesting, on the one hand, to be in close contact with people in different fields such as Sales, Development and Consulting, and, on the other hand, to be in touch with young talents whether they are studying at universities or other technical colleges or they finished studying.  It is especially rewarding to give them advice during the selection process and support them.


What personal qualities should talents have in order to fit in at your company?

  • Being a team player and have experience working as a part of a team
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexibility
  • Goal-oriented nature
  • Motivated to further his or her own development


What are the absolute no-gos when someone applies for a job there?

  • Applicants that hardly respond or don’t respond at all to content of the specific job posting
  • Incomplete application materials. All aspects should be described in a CV.
  • Typos and grammar errors.
  • When you can’t feel that the applicant is motivated.


Are grades or marks from classes in school and at the university still important or are job references more important?

The combination of both are very important.


Do applicants with a master’s degree have better chances than those with a bachelor’s degree?

No, everyone has a chance to get a job at SAP whether they have finished a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s.   What is important is that the specific subject they studied fits the job they apply for.


What are the most common mistakes that are made during a job interview?

  • Tardiness
  • When applicants haven’t taken the time to inform themselves about the position and the company prior to the interview.
  • When qualifications and experiences are not connected with the practical examples to demonstrate their abilities.


What was the strangest thing that an applicant has said or done before in an interview?

I haven’t really had any strange experiences in interviews yet. The only thing which happens from time to time is that the applicant doesn’t show up at all.


What is the starting salary for an academic at your company?

SAP is oriented towards the typical entry salaries in the field.  The specific amount depends on the level of education.


What advice would you give to an SAP applicant?

  1. Applicants should inform themselves about the different ways to get into our field on our website.
  2. The application should give a clear picture of the candidate’s profile that fits with the position.
  3. It is imperative that the candidates apply three to six months in advance of needing a job because the application process often lasts that long.
  4. If applicants have more questions or need specific information, they can get in touch via our recruiting hotline.
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