Employer Interviews

Employer Interviews


Hewlett Packard has a long history with San Jose State, and we value the curriculum here across the business school, marketing degrees, the technical degrees as well – and have been recruiting here for a long time; in fact, I’m a San Jose State Alumna, coincidentally! And we have a lot of employees from this school, it’s great diversity from a cultural perspective, and we find the San Jose state graduates to be really smart, sharp, and offer a lot to our company! The thing is, a lot of the employers are from the Bay Area, so they’re always looking for the right type of candidate. They want someone who’s local, and that’s just how we are as well. If we can get someone local who’s has the right experience that we’re looking for, that’d be a great plus. So the students that we’ve hired from San Jose State usually are some of our highest producing salespeople and it’s something about the business school and the ambition level that the students that we hire have. San Jose state has been a key recruiting school for IBM for years, they’re in the top five of our schools that we recruit at every year for our Silicon Valley labs and facilities around the San Jose area, so it’s been a key school for us for years. Well, we like to recruit San Jose students because first of all we have two Bay Area facilities, one in San Leandro where I’m at and one in San Jose. So, and, I think the biggest one for me would be, I’m an alumni! I’ve graduated twenty years ago, and I like to come here every year and see the students and have an opportunity to talk to them. Well, I think San Jose offers some awesome students, in fact all the people who are here with me today, there’s about five of them, are alums – so they love to come back and we love San Jose State students because they have a really great balance and blend of curriculum and schoolwork as well as real life experiences They bring a lot of diversity to the table in terms of their different experiences and I think the professors, just, really, because a lot of them are in industry, they really can help the students make that transition to the workplace. I’d say someone who’s confident, they’re confident, they know what they’re looking for – and they are interested in the company itself. If I ask them a question, “Hey, what do you know about AeroTech?” and they don’t give me much… that doesn’t bode well for them. So on a resume we’re looking for having some sort of business experience, maybe a part-time job where they’re involved in some sort of business activity, we’re looking for a student that has a lot of outside activities they’re involved in, organizations, clubs, fraternities, things like that. From just an interview standpoint, we’re looking for somebody who really has high goals, wants to earn a lot of money, is very ambitious and also wants to move up in a company – doesn’t want to just be the worker bee, but eventually wants to help develop and manage other people. Characteristics that we like to see in candidates are: they have a little bit of knowledge about IBM, what we’re doing in the marketplace – we want students to have examples that they can use to tell us how they’ve been successful in challenging projects that they’ve worked on. You know, the advice I would give a student that’s interning with Coca-Cola is “Learn exactly what fields you want to be involved with.” I mean, Coke is huge. There’s different aspects – sales, marketing – I’m in sales! I love it! I think the one thing I would look for is if you’re a passionate person and you really like what you do and you’ve got a great personality and you’re upbeat – that’s for you! Coca-cola has so many things that we offer, we’re looking for people that are energetic and that want to win! And that want to have fun. In a candidate, I like to see a couple of things. First of all, outgoing, ability to communicate easily, to get their points across quickly, and crisply, especially for the marketing degrees, we’re also looking for a broad base of experience – not only the education, but also extracurricular activities; things to show that a student is well-rounded and has a broader view than just the book-smarts if you will. of a given discipline. So if a student comes up to Vocade they should know a little bit about what we do and if they have an idea of where they’d like to go within Vocade that’s always very helpful as well, so just really being targeted and focused on knowing about us and helping us figure out where to place them. So I think there are a couple things that stand out: Number one is if you find someone who’s still entrepreneurial 8×8 is a rapidly growing company and there’s always new opportunities and new challenges to face so finding somebody who can be creative in what they think and what they can do finding somebody who understands how to create value in their own position, and how that position fits into the business model for 8×8 is also really important and I think the last thing is looking for people who can really lead other people even though they may not have the experience or the age to do it, but are willing to take on those kinds of challenges and responsibilities. We hire all types of business majors including management and marketing but we also tend to find that we hire a lot of MIS students as well. On our customer service department, a large portion of what we do is focused on technical support having people that understand networking and understand fundamentals is important but as a rapidly growing company we need people that have management skills as well, so people that have both are extremely valuable to 8×8. I’m James Armijo, director of business operations for 8×8, I manage customer service, billing and shipping, essentially all of the functions that are kind of after the sale for the company. 8×8 provides small business voiceover IP services So basically what we’ve tried to do is take what were traditional telephony services provided with on-premise equipment and deliver it as a software, as a service-type model to go into the market. We look for candidates that have experience in technology, know a little about IBM in general, what kind of markets we’re in right now – our company has changed within the last ten years or so – we’re no longer in making computers, we’re mostly in services right now: software, hardware, consulting as well, we have a big arm of consulting! We look for students that have experience in projects that we work on so they can show how they have excelled on a challenge they’ve received if it’s from a past internship, co-op, classroom experience, we definitely like to see that to give us exact examples of how they have had success in difficult challenges. So Hewlett-Packard on any given day is hiring from technical degrees to business, marketing, the disciplines within each of those, so on any given day, the HP.com/jobs website updates regularly and has jobs across the board. We’re a big global company operating in all regions around the world and at any given time there are jobs in every discipline. You know we’re looking for a variety of business majors, you know, marketing – the one thing with Coca-Cola is we’ve changed; we’ve changed to what we call S.M.O., it’s Selling, Merchandising, Optimization, and it’s with smart selling – We’re looking for people who can use fact-based selling, that can analyze a business, and can use their personalities as well as the information that they know, that we provide them. So, some of the business majors that we hire are financial analysts, corporate marketing, product marketing, and in some cases finance as well.

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