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!Source: iStockphoto
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?
What are the absolute no-gos when someone applies for a job there?
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?
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?