Henry Schlechte, MSc Graduate RSM, Interview

Henry Schlechte, MSc Graduate RSM, Interview

Henry Schlechte – MSc Finance & Investments

Shortly introduce yourself

My name is Henry Schlechte, I am 28 years old and I have completed the RSM bachelor and double master degree track with the Rotterdam School of Management (Finance & Investments) and the University of St. Gallen (Strategy & International Management). Just recently I started my job in management consulting as a senior business analyst at A.T. Kearney in Germany. 

How did you decide on what you would like to do after your studies?

During my study I used every opportunity to intern with companies to see what it was like to work in industries such as media, IT, finance and even aerospace. To tell you the truth, however, even five internships weren’t enough to find anything particularly interesting enough to start my career with. In order to decide on what to do after my study, I consolidated and weighed a list of factors which had to be factored into the decision-making process about my future career. In the end it was pretty clear to me that management consulting would potentially be the perfect fit based on my personal needs and expectations for the next few years to come. Interning with the company before joining as a full-time consultant was of great help in that process.

When and how was the first time you came in contact with the company you will start working for?

The first time I got in touch with A.T. Kearney was in my second year as a bachelor student at RSM. I remember signing up for the recruiting days on campus. A handful of students were invited to a company dinner event to get to know the company and its people.

What was the most difficult step/stage in the application process?

To me the most challenging step was to manage my studies and time-consuming extracurricular activities while preparing for a number of interviews at the same time. If you happen to have the flexibility to schedule your interviews around other commitments, I would sincerely recommend you doing so. If this won’t work for you, don't get discouraged and stay focused. Discipline and dedication is what helped me in getting the internships and the job I was after.

What was your strongpoint when comparing yourself to other applicants?

The key selling point when comparing myself with other applicants was that I was able to display my strengths while working for A.T. Kearney as an intern. While other applicants had to reconfirm their abilities in a succession of second or third round interviews as part of the formal application process, I was able to advance to the final round and contract talks just days after my internship.     

How did your studies help you during this process?

Studying at RSM has helped me a great deal. Rather than the very methods and concepts absorbed as part of the curriculum, what has helped me was to have a busy agenda and to work in teams. Chances are, your ability to prioritize, to manage your time and to cope with the dynamics of team-work will be invaluable when starting your job. Looking back, RSM was the perfect platform for my personal and professional development and I would do it all over again.