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RSM Speaker Meeting

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Post Published: Oct 12

Firm Name: RSM

Date: October 2, 2018


Jeff Altshuler– Audit Partner

Robert Eyler – Audit Manager

Ayaz Kermalli – Audit Associate

Kasey Noble – Campus Recruiter

RSM Overview:

Largest firm world-wide focused on serving the middle market.

5th largest audit firm – Audit, Tax, and Consulting

1. Prep work before interview

- Research

o Really know the position

- Specific job responsibilities

- What are you interviewing for?

o Know the employer

- What are their mission, vision, and values?

- What are they known for?

- What services or products do they offer?

- What new productions did they launch recently?

- What do they serve?

o Know the industry?

- What is the employer place in the market?

- What are the latest trends in this industry?

o Know yourself

- Spend time reflecting on what makes you unique

- Be prepared to discuss your skills, interests, strengths, weaknesses, values, and career goals.

- “Focus more on being interested instead of interesting.”

o Tell me about yourself

- The basics

- Current role/unique educational or work experiences

- The pitch as it relates to the position:

- A summary of your relevant skills and experiences

- Why you want this job and/or why you are a good fit?

- What value you would bring to the organization?

- “Don’t discount your experiences.” – Kasey

o Other questions

- Why do you want this position? Why this firm?

- What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

- Weaknesses question: do not say you do not have a weakness -- are you self-

aware of your areas that need improvements. Tell us how you’re actively improving. Finding yourself working on those weaknesses.

- “Understanding your weaknesses will lead to growth.” - Rob

- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

- Behavioral questions

- Get a sense of how you might respond in similar circumstances in the future.

- STAR Format

- Situation

o Describe the situation. Provide just enough info to give context.

- Task

o Describe specific problem or challenged you faced

- Action

o Describe actions you took. Be sure to describe your role in the story, not

what your group or team did as a team. Use “I”, not “we.”

- Result

o Explain the positive outcome of the situation.

- Conversational Interviews

- What to expect

o Feel free to lean into that type of conversation if the interviewer takes the


o “Really trying to envision this person being in front of clients”

o How do I prepare?

- But I didn’t even talk about my classes and accounting knowledge

o Day of the interview

- First impressions matter

o Dress to impress

o Arrive 15 min early

o Turn off your cell phone

o Treat everyone with respect

- Bring the energy!

o Enthusiasm and positivity go along way

- Be yourself

o Authentic but still professional

o The interviewer wants to get a sense of who you are… show them!

- Body Language

- Strong handshake

- Eye contact

- Smile!

- Posture

o Asking the right questions.

o The interview is a two-way conversation

- Good examples:

- How would you describe culture?

- If, what would you want me to focus on the first month?

- What have past done to stand out?

- What do you like most about working for this company?

- What are the next steps in the hiring process? (Hiring managers)

- Bad examples:

- What does the typical day look like?

- What would my salary be?

- What would my benefits look like? How many vacations days?

- How quickly will I be promoted?

- What exactly does your company do?

o What has been your favorite engagement?

o What does the month look like?

- After the interview

o Send a thank you letter:

- Email or card

- 24 hours

- Each interviewer

- Don’t be offended if people don’t respond

- Personalize it

- “Do not mail merge.”

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