Brice Nicole Phebus is a Marketing and Entrepreneurship major set to graduate in May of 2019. She has recently accepted a position at Honeywell in the Sales Rotation Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How did you find this position?
I actually interned with Honeywell last summer as an IT Business Systems Analyst up in New Jersey. I always knew I wanted to go in to sales so I made the most of my time at the corporate HQ and reached out to as many people as I could. I ended up meeting up for coffee with some of the company’s top sales execs who passed my resume off to the right people. The person in charge of the rotational program ended up reaching out to me on LinkedIn and the interview process began.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.
Honeywell is super efficient with the hiring process – several phone conversations then flew up to MN for the final round of interviews. They definitely want to get a feel for who you are as a person and what kind of work ethic you bring. I interviewed with my future boss, several longtime Honeywell employees, and employees who are currently in the Sales Rotation Program. From the time my boss reached out to extending an offer was only about 3 weeks.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position?
I made it a point to gain hands on experience during school, holding positions in the restaurant industry, working in Eller and gaining inside sales experience. My time as Student Team Lead at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was a great way to stay involved within the Eller community as well as network with entrepreneurs. These different positions diversified my portfolio and allowed me to stay competitive when it came time to job hunt. It also didn’t hurt that I had networked during my internship at Honeywell and made some key connections.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company?
The program involves seven different rotations: product marketing, finance, channel marketing, sales operations, inside sales, outside sales and inventory & operations. I am so excited for the opportunity to get hands on experience in each of these positions – applying everything I learned during my Eller Experience to the real world. After my time in the program, I get to go in to outside sales where I will own and manage a territory.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students?
Network, network, network! Push yourself out of your comfort zone to meet new people and pick their brain – you never know who you could meet and how they could impact your life.