How I Prepared Myself to Land a Full-Time Job Offer!

By Nicole Marti

Nicole Marti is a senior student majoring in Business Administration minoring in Innovation and Leadership. As graduating senior, she accepted a full-time job offer with Amazon for the Area Manager position in South Florida. You may find Nicole on campus at the Innovation Academy office or running around Gainesville completing internal projects for her job. Nicole is a dedicated individual who is always here to learn and lend a helping hand.

Amazon, one of the most innovative companies in the world, was looking for Area Managers in various offices. I knew I had to apply for the position as soon as I received an email about this opportunity. I had the passion and drive to fill the role, but was it enough to get land me a position?

As a college student, I always try my best to make the most of my college experience. I make sure to be involved as much as I can through student organizations, try to develop my skills through various internships experiences (one of them being gained through the Innovation Academy Internship program), and used all the resources around me to make the most of my time at the university. One of the resources available to students are emails sent by colleges about available professional opportunities. Although it may be overwhelming at times, it is definitely worth going through your emails at least 5 minutes a day – That’s how I found this awesome opportunity! When I received the email about this position, I applied as soon as I could to avoid the risk of unexpected events popping up. Life happens and you have to be ahead of the game if you can.

When I received an email stating that Amazon wanted to move forward with the interview process, I was so excited they had an interest in me. I replied right away to schedule my interview in the wonderful city of Miami. During the time between the interview date and the interview email I received, I practiced interview questions and researched about the company more. As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

The interview day was an amazing experience. When I arrived at the fulfillment center, I automatically introduced myself to the other candidates who were also interviewing for the same position. This not only helped me calm my nerves, but I ended up making friends along the way! Once we were all ready to start the interview day, all the candidates were taken to a conference room to talk to a recruiter and ask any questions we may have. The recruiter was super helpful, informative, and transparent with us about her experience. Once we got all of our questions out the way, we were given a tour of the fulfillment center. It was mind-blowing to see how efficient the processes were and how effective the managers were with their roles. Once the tour was over, the interview process began. Preparing myself before going to the

interview and being able to speak on my involvement throughout college really helped me answer questions to the best of my ability.

Once the interview day was over, I was able to reflect on the whole experience and be super grateful for the chance I got to interview with Amazon in Miami. The team that welcomed me in the center helped me realize that this was a company I wanted to work for even more. A few days after the interview, I received a phone call that I got the job! I am super grateful for the experiences I gained throughout my college career from both the Innovation Academy and my support system. Amazon, here I come!

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