Rash Ayouby’s Interview Tips

2014-2015 Issue 1

rashaayoubyRasha Ayouby walked out of her most recent interview with a job offer.

She had applied for a position with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second-largest container shipping company in the world. During a discussion with the managing director, she was asked how she would go about determining what the company’s customers were looking for. “I responded by saying that I was actually taking a course that addressed some of those concepts,” says Ayouby. “I explained that my Managerial Economics class was looking at theories in place for managers to figure out their customers’ choices and what they value, and I think that helped me land the job!”

“It impressed them,” she continued. “I was able to show that I won’t just learn from inside the company, but that I also bring knowledge and can apply it here. There’s value in that, and companies know it.” As a result she was offered a position as a management trainee at MSC. “It’s exactly the kind of organization I hoped to be a part of, and I’m beyond excited.”

Ayouby has completed several courses at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies in Supply Chain Management, Accounting and Finance, and she “absolutely recommends” continuing education to others. “I love learning – it gives me a sense of empowerment. It also shows employers that you value knowledge within yourself, which is a very positive quality in a candidate. It says a lot about your personality and nature, and I’m sure it was an advantage going in to my interview.”

And although she’s landed her “ideal” job, she’s not done yet; Ayouby is considering the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Operations Management, and has also considered pursuing an MBA. “I’m thinking long-term, and I want to prepare myself.”

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