Aidan Woodward is a 22-year old Mathematics & Physics student from Loughborough University, currently completing a rotational internship at Salesforce. We caught up with Aidan to learn how he secured his internship and how you can follow in his footsteps.
Why did you choose Salesforce?
At the time of applying for the Summer Internship with Salesforce, the main trait that stood out during the research phase was the culture, and the most important asset Salesforce has acquired: the people.
The company's core values resonate with anyone looking to make a real impact. At Salesforce your role is not just to create value for the company, but also to ask how can the company add value to you? So far, I have been able to shadow several employees in a range of job roles from graduates to directors, and I learnt that everyone has voice, and everyone is part of the “Ohana”.
The Internship offers a two 5-week rotation, which was a big motivator for me to apply. I am currently in the Sales department for 5 weeks and then move on to the Finance and Strategy for the final 5 weeks.
How did you find the application process?
The application process was enjoyable and quick. I believe it took around 4/5 weeks from first applying to getting the offer.
Step 1 – Apply
Step 2 – HR review application and put you through to a telephone interview.
Step 3 – Final interview with a manager/director
Step 4 - Offer
What three tips would you give to BN members looking to follow in your footsteps?
- Look into trailhead (Online free learning platform for Salesforce) and complete trails around Salesforce and their culture.
- Add Salesforce employees on LinkedIn (ideally those who went to your university) and start networking - everyone is very friendly and would be happy to give you some tips about the application and what to expect.
- Be curious about the role and ask questions on the calls/interviews. Salesforce wants to hire talented people who are naturally curious and motivated.
How has Bright Network helped you?
Bright network provided a platform to enhance my skills, especially my commercial awareness with their weekly updates.
I attended Bright Network festival and highly encourage others to do the same. This event will give you exposure to several tech companies and Salesforce representatives may be there.
What were the toughest interview questions you faced?
- Explain cloud computing to 5-year-old.
- On a grandfather clock, what angle is the hour hand at 03:15pm?
(I had 1 minute to answer both questions).
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