Gianna Turek is double majoring in Accounting and Entrepreneurship and graduating in May 2018. After graduation, Gianna is working for Ernst & Young as their Risk Advisory Associate in San Diego, CA.
What is the position you have accepted?
Risk Advisory Associate
How did you find this position?
This position was populated through the university’s job page, but also on the company’s website as well. Ernst and Young heavily recruits from the University of Arizona – the company attends both Eller career fairs along with the Meet the Firm events.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.
The interview process has slightly changed since I went through the journey my junior year. I had one initial interview on campus then one interview at the office before finding out whether or not I received the internship. It now seems EY is progressing to a more computerized approach by having an online interview (Hirevue) instead of the on campus initial interview. The Hirevue online process has set questions, then the interviewee has limited time to record themselves answering the pre-recorded questions.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship)
Although this may sound cliche, involvement is a integral way to build your interpersonal skills. Interpersonal skills are one of the top criteria used to evaluate candidates, as job specific skills are fairly easily for employers to teach to new hires. Food for thought – diversify your involvement. Involve yourself in your major, college, the university, and the local community.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company? I am eager to take on new challenges, energize my early-stage career, but most importantly, work alongside a community filled with supportive and talented individuals. I am additionally looking forward to working for a company that simultaneously encourages creativity and innovation.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students? I would advise each and every student to jump in with two feet. Take the opportunities presented before you with an active vs. bystander mentality. You will open your horizon with experience, skills, and connections.
“An optimistic attitude is half of success”
“Your degree does not define you, it enables you. Enables you to follow your general intellectual curiosity and leave a trail.”
“You’re the average of your 5 best friends” – Surround yourself with passionate, energetic, and opportunistic people who are continuously pushing themselves to become better – You will too.
Transform the “What do you want to be when your older?” question to… “What problem do you want to solve? and “What do you need to learn to solve that problem?” (I appreciated this takeaway from the Phoenix Trek speaker.)