Schuyler LaRosa is a Marketing major set to graduate in May of 2019. He has recently been offered a position at AT&T as a B2B Sales Development Program in Dallas, Texas.
How did you find this position?
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.
The interview process consisted of two phone interviews, a video conference interview, and one last video interview that contained a Sell-Yourself presentation along with a Sales Role Play about AT&T products given to me a day in advance.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position?
I started off college by becoming members of Eller ELITE and Greek life. Those organizations gave me experience in community service and working with others. Although I have never had an internship, I have worked jobs for the past seven years in the customer service industry, which I was able to apply towards getting a job in Sales. I demonstrated examples of my experience in working with different types of customers and helping satisfy their needs, and I think that was more valuable and relevant than an unrelated internship.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company?
I am excited to bridge the gap between my college graduation and career as a professional by taking a part in AT&T’s four to six month development program in Dallas. It seems like a great way to teach me about my industry and become prepared without being thrown into the field with raw skills. AT&T offers great immediate and long-term benefits, including an opportunity to pursue a MBA down the line. AT&T is a very large company and provides room for individual growth and career development, with many job options to pursue after experience as a Sales Representative.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students?
Networking is everything and never give up! They say it’s all about who you know, and being able to sell yourself with a great first impression is key. Having a great elevator pitch helped me stand out to AT&T at the career fair, and I had a great conversation with the AT&T representative that day. After applying for the position online later that day, I received an email the following day saying they would move forward with other candidates. I guess I didn’t have the resume they were looking for, but I was surprised because of the confidence I had in my talk with their representative at the career fair. After reaching out to her on LinkedIn and showing my interest in her company, she remembered me from the Career Fair and scheduled me for an interview, which is all I asked for. Having relevant experience and great interview skills are underrated assets that you have to do outside of the classroom. The rest is history!