Rachel Conrardy is majoring in Accounting and graduating in May 2018. After graduation, Rachel will be working as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, UT.
What is the position you have accepted? Financial Analyst
How did you find this position? I was offered the full time financial analyst position following my internship with Goldman Sachs. However, I found the internship opportunity through Handshake.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company. My interviewing process with Goldman Sachs took a little over a month. I initially had a coffee chat – a shorter, more informal interview that helps connect you with employees – with the treasury, finance, and operations divisions. Following my interviews, I connected with my finance interviewer through email, and asked several follow-up questions and thanked him for the interview. In his response email he encouraged me to apply for the summer internship opportunity. After my application submission, I was invited to complete a HireVue interview which is an online interview. A day after my HireVue interview, I was invited to Superday in Salt Lake City. Superday is an interview process where you and several other candidates are brought to the office for a series of interviews. I interviewed with five different employees and was asked a series of technical, and behavioral questions. Several days following my Superday, I was offered the internship position.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship): During my internship, I had the opportunity to speak with some of my interviewers and ask what made them think that I was a good fit for the company and position. The most consistent response I received was that my resume and interview responses involved a diverse group of activities which made me seem like a more well-rounded candidate. The interviewers were impressed that I managed to juggle a part-time job, a preceptorship, being team lead for my BCOM group, and a member of Eller Cohort Advisory Board.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company? I am so excited to head back to Salt Lake City this summer and jump back into the work I was doing during my internship. With such a large company, I feel like I have so many opportunities to explore different aspects of the financial world and to utilize the knowledge I learned during my four years at the University of Arizona.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students? A lot of students feel like an experience or a club isn’t worth mentioning during an interview or on their resume unless they were a leader. While it is important to be involved in your school and community, you can contribute in so many ways outside of being a leader or being on the executive board. Showcasing your team-work experiences during Eller, problem-solving abilities and interest in learning during an interview can be the key to your next job.