Are you looking for a job? Nervous about the job interview process? Then, let’s talk. We have a team full of recruiters who are ready to answer your questions and provide you tips on how to get your career started.
The Corporate Recruiting Team are the first people you will speak to and work with from Apex. They will let you know what jobs we have available, review your resume and skill set and answer any questions about a Corporate position at Apex.
Career and Interview Tips
Ask a Recruiter
AnnaSoutheast Corporate Recruiter
Q: Does a summer job (instead of an internship) provide the skills I need for a job in sales?
A: Absolutely, a summer job can provide the skills you need to help prepare you for a job in sales. Look for jobs that provide opportunities to get in front of customers, cold call and negotiate deals. Great examples would be restaurant work, a brand ambassadorship, goal-oriented retail or working as a student caller.
Apex helps give you the tools to be successful including hands on training for entry level recruiters. Bring your competitive nature and drive for success and become the next Apex success story! Check out ApexCareers.com for opportunities.
BethanyDelta/Florida Corporate Recruiter
Q: What activities should I participate in this summer that could help me in a future sales job?
A: Get involved! Look for opportunities (on or off) where you can develop sales skills like cold-calling, client interaction, negotiating, and closing deals. Some examples include: student caller for alumni donations, fundraising for student clubs or community organizations, lead generation and prospecting for a local business, or brand/product representative.
A summer job at a restaurant or retail store is another great way to gain valuable skills like customer service and time-management, which will help prepare you for a sales career.
Can’t find a sales-specific internship or job? Don’t worry, previous sales experience is not a requirement at Apex! We provide in-depth training when you come onboard so you will learn what it takes to be successful in sales, just bring your positive, can-do attitude, competitive drive, and willingness to learn.
Q: What does joining the Consulting Services team have to offer?
A: Joining the Consulting Division at Apex allows the person an excellent opportunity to join the fastest growing area within an already well established organization. Apex’s Consulting group has been able to leverage its pre-existing relationships as an industry leader in staffing in order to help drive it’s consulting business. The early success of the Consulting Division allows the potential employee to join an already burgeoning business unit yet still afford them the opportunity to help shape the organization as it moves forward into its next stage of evolution.
MaryMidwest/Ohio Corporate Recruiter
Q: What entry level jobs are available at Apex?
A: The Recruiter/Inside Sales position is a great option for entry level and recent graduates. This allows individuals to get their career started in sales with projected career growth into a professional recruiter role or more commonly moving into outside sales/account management.
We pride ourselves in our performance based promotions rather than tenure. We want to see our employees succeed based on their work ethic and their commitment to the company.
Visit Open Jobs to see available positions near you!
MonicaCA/MTN. WEST/NW Corporate Recruiter
Q: What does a Corporate Recruiter do and how can they help me?
A: Corporate Recruiters are usually the first people candidates come into contact with. We are the reflection of the company. We organize and attend job fairs, networking events, and campus events. We know the company inside out and understand the leadership structure of the organization. We are sales people, organizers, negotiators, matchmakers, trainers, researchers, and public relations specialists.
For our candidates, we guide them through applying to different positions and let them know what steps to expect. We personalize the process for both our candidates and hiring managers.
KristenNortheast Corporate Recruiter
Q: How can I turn my internship into a job?
A: Completing an internship with a company is an excellent way to line up a potential full-time job after graduation. Continuously reaching out and staying in touch with the managers and employees that you work with during your internship will show your interest and investment in the company as a whole, and your desire to work there and start a career. Building relationships and following up with key members of the company will let them know you valued the time and opportunity you had there as an intern, and that you are serious about any available long-term positions they may have open in the future.
It is also important to conduct a performance review with your manager or supervisor once you have completed an internship. This allows you and your manager to discuss not only how well you accomplished your responsibilities, but also any suggestions they may have or important take-aways for you to review and apply to your next role. It is also a great way to ask the manager questions about upcoming goals or objectives the company is working towards, and if they see your experience as an intern translate to a full-time position.
AshtonSoutheast Corporate Recruiter
Q: The company I want to work for does not have openings in my city. Should I still reach out to them?
A: Yes, it is a good idea to reach out to a company even if they do not openings. This allows you to start building the relationship and potentially get tips on how to make yourself a stronger candidate. Some companies may even consider candidates proactively for positions.
CourtneyMidwest/Ohio Corporate Recruiter
Q: What questions should I ask during an interview?
A: Great questions asked during and interview are what distinguishes you from other candidates. It shows your sincere interest and that you have done your research on the company and position. Here are a few examples of questions that you can ask during an interview.
- What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
- What are some of the biggest challenges/successes of this role?
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
- Why did you chose this company and what benefits does your company offer?
DanielleCA/MTN. WEST/NW Corporate Recruiter
Q: I was an athlete in college therefore I have limited work experience. Does this hinder my career prospects? What other activities should I feature on my resume?
A: Apex loves college athletes! They are self-motivated, competitive and resilient individuals. I played field hockey in college and it gave me a solid foundation of where I am today. Although, I did not have hands on work experience when starting out my job search, I was able to apply what I learned on the field to my everyday life.
Athletes display leadership, great time management skills, teamwork and a can-do attitude. Be sure to showcase these characteristics during your interview. Your career prospects will be that much greater because you have these qualities that employers look for.
Other activities that should be featured on your resume should include internships, fraternities, sororities, academic awards/scholarships and sports achievements.
ChristaTexas Corporate Recruiter
Q: How can I prepare for a video interview?
A: We live in a world driven by technology where everyone is constantly connected to the world via smart phones, social media, even our parents are texting us more than calling us!
A nice benefit of this is the ability to interview through Skype, FaceTime or a Vidcom system before physically going into an office to meet a team. What a huge benefit for those candidates looking to relocate, and especially recent grads who aren’t necessarily going to school in the city they will be working in. So how to prepare?
Here are some simple tips on how to prepare for a video interview:
- Treat this interview like you would any normal face to face interview. Find a quiet location where you won’t be interrupted by your roommate, dog or neighbors so you can focus on the conversation you’ll be having with the manager.
- Practice – FaceTime your friend or sibling and have them give you feedback on the lighting in the room, the volume of your voice and your eye contact.
- Dress as though you are meeting the team – business professional (at least on top) all the way! This is your first impression, so you want to treat it that way.
- Eye contact and body language – practice in your bathroom mirror and think about your body language and how your emotions are represented. You want to be engaged in what you are saying and hearing.
- Do your research, have your questions, and be ready to show examples from your past experience as they relate to this role.
- Most importantly – smile and relax. You are interviewing with the company because you are a great fit, you bring a lot to the table, and you have the personality we are looking for. Let that shine through and show your excitement and passion…this could be the first step of your career!
LindseyDelta Corporate Recruiter
Q: How important is it to have a LinkedIn profile for my career search?
A: VERY important! Linkedin is a great networking site for connecting job seekers to employers. Be sure to include your previous work experience, internships, activities and leadership positions you’ve held.
Sell yourself! Keep this information up-to-date because you never know who could be looking at your profile to tell you about your dream job!
NicoleLake Shore/Great Lakes Corporate Recruiter
Q: Do I need any sales experience to apply for a job at Apex?
A: While having previous sales experience is nice for a career at Apex, it is not a requirement. We are ultimately looking for sales-minded people that we can help to train and develop into sales reps.
We look for candidates that are competitive, self-motivated, goal oriented and driven to be successful. These qualities make a great sales person, and we can help to train them in all they need to know.
JamesonNortheast Corporate Recruiter
Q: What qualities or qualifications does an employer look for in a candidate?
A: We tend to focus far more on intangible ‘soft’ skills – personality, competitiveness, coachability, a passion for work – over the specific qualifications on your resume.
One of the most important things you bring to a sales organization is your personality. You need to have the natural ability to build relationships with people and communicate effectively. People are more likely to want to work with you if you are able to build trust and rapport with them.
Successful employees at Apex share a competitive drive and desire to succeed, both individually and as part of a team. In our culture, we face daily challenges but also have incentives in place to reward achievement. There are several different types of incentives – monetary (commission/bonuses), prizes, and peer recognition. Each of these are aimed at motivating you to continue to grow in the role each day. Although you are responsible for your own success, your work contributes to the overall goal of the team.
Coachability is another quality we look for and sometimes is hard to evaluate. Coming into a new role here, you will go through a structured training program and your manager will help develop your skills to make sure you are improving each day. We look for people that are able to take feedback from someone who is successful in the role and turn that into results.
In our organization, a passion for the work is critical. We need people that are hungry to come in and hit the ground running, to learn as much as they can from others on their team and have a strong desire to succeed.
TessaCA/MTN. WEST/NW Corporate Recruiter
Q: What should I do to prepare for my first job interview?
A: Do some research:
- Visit the company’s website and learn the background story
- Review the job description and job functions
- Follow the company on social media to learn more about the culture
- Familiarize yourself with the office location, so you can arrive early for the interview
- Bring a few copies of your resume and be prepared to hightlight past experiences and how they could relate to the position
- Dress professionally for your interview and lay everything out the night before so you are ready to go in the morning
- Be excited, engaged, interact and jump in during conversations with your potential co–workers!
- Showcase your top skills and share specific experiences that will relate to the position
- Ask Questions! If you are eager to learn more about the company, it will leave a lasting impression
- Take the business card of any employee you spoke with during the interview and and follow up with a thank you email or handwritten card
CaseySoutheast Corporate Recruiter
Q: I am currently in college, what can I do now to prepare for a career in sales?
A: Be involved. Your resume should speak to your diverse background through internships, extra-curricular activities, and education. Time management skills are key, while in school!
Attend a Career Fair. Recruiters attend university career fairs to meet and interview upcoming graduates. When meeting company employees firsthand, you will have a better idea of the company and position you are interviewing for. Be sure to research the companies before attending the fair, so you make the best use of your time.
Apply. Corporate Recruiters utilize many resources when looking for sharp graduates to join their company. If there is a job opening or position posted on your school website, that interests you, apply and connect with that Recruiter on Linked In.
Interview. Making time for interviews while in school may be difficult. It’s important to allot time for this and follow up with your Corporate Recruiter.
First Job. Your last semester of college may fly by! College grads should prepare themselves by starting their job hunt early. It will be time to enter the work force before you know it. By starting your search early, you will set yourself up with more options and not be rushed along the way!
Do you have a questions for one of our Corporate Recruiters? Email CorporateRecruiting@apexsystemsinc.com.