Speed interviews benefit companies and students at career event

Companies flocked to campus to meet 300 talented bachelor and master students from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) at the annual International Career Event (ICE) in November 2017. The event included a company recruitment fair and speed interviews, and proved to be beneficial to the companies and the students.

ICE offered the companies opportunities for employer branding and to attract highly skilled, international RSM students, who will be ready to bring new knowledge, skills and perspectives into the business world after graduation. RSM students are highly sought after by companies all over the world, as shows in the annual MSc Employment Report.

Driving the future

“The ICE gave us the possibility to get in contact with motivated and ambiguous students, who rea lly want to drive the future – same as we want,” said Sofia Sollacher, recruiter at Amazon. The other companies were Alphasights, Avantgarde, Avery Dennison, Axel Springer, Bayer, DocuSign, Freightex, Gartner, GLG group, Kraftheinz, Mizuho, NNIP, Novo Nordisk, Philips, Uniqlo, and Zalando.

The 17 companies presented themselves at the ICE fair and conducted almost 85 speed interviews with students who strive for an international career.

Speed interviews

“This event was an amazing opportunity to meet potential future employers. Getting to know recruiters on a personal level can only increase my chances of scoring a job at one of those companies. I think it would be a great fit!” said Julian Fischer, a German student in RSM’s MSc Strategic Management programme who was invited for a speed interview with Philips.

In addition to talking to interns, trainees and employees from a large number of firms about their experiences, Dutch student Mandy Steenbergen says her speed interview with Philips was also particularly useful. “The recruiter was really interested in my personal interests and ambitions and helped me figure out my best fit to the company by directly relating them to available career opportunities.” Steenbergen, who’s studying in RSM’s MSc Management of Innovation programme, said she received immediate feedback on her interview skills. “This helps me to prepare for future job interviews.”

Networking: ‘great conversations’

The ICE 2017 gave RSM students ‘a wonderful opportunity’ to consult recruiters from notable companies about job opportunities, company values, and their business, said Tony Xue, a Chinese student in RSM’s and Erasmus School of Economics’ MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics programme. He said he had some ‘great conversations’ with HR professionals from Philips, Amazon, Freightex, Avery Dennison and Bayer, and that he connected with several RSM students from other majors. “I appreciated the career event, and also the preparations beforehand to make sure we knew how to use this event to enhance a chance to get into a company we’re interested in.” 

The one-day recruitment event was co-organised by the RSM Career Centre and STAR Management Week. The event concluded with networking drinks for the students and business professionals.

The next opportunity for companies to recruit Dutch and international RSM students is at RSM’s Bachelor Internship Fair on Wednesday 18 April 2018. Companies interested in participating to find top talent can contact the RSM Career Centre before 9 March 2018 via

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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