33 episodes

Have you ever wondered why only a few people get past the final round interview and land the job offer?

Join us in the ring as our host, AJ Eckstein, speaks with RECRUITERS at top companies in multiple industries to learn the secrets why certain applicants get "knocked out" and others are still standing after the final round.

Learn more at www.thefinalround.com

The Final Round AJ Eckstein

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 160 Ratings

Have you ever wondered why only a few people get past the final round interview and land the job offer?

Join us in the ring as our host, AJ Eckstein, speaks with RECRUITERS at top companies in multiple industries to learn the secrets why certain applicants get "knocked out" and others are still standing after the final round.

Learn more at www.thefinalround.com

    32. Knockout Stories + Season 1 Recap (Thank YOU)

    32. Knockout Stories + Season 1 Recap (Thank YOU)

    Today is a bitter sweet episode since it is our final, final episode of Season 1. And we are going to switch things up with a special episode to thank YOU, our audience, for your unwavering support since day 1. We will be sharing some of our season 1 highlights, hearing from our team that helps produce the show, and featuring some highlight knockout stories aka success stories from our audience.

    Some season highlights:


    We have now published 30 episodes with Recruiters from companies such as Netflix, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Spotify, Google, LinkedIn and more
    We have covered industries such as Consulting, Banking and finance, tech, music, venture capital, gaming, and more.
    We were named a top 1% show out of 2 million shows globally, according to Listen Score.
    We received over 160 5-star Apple Podcast Reviews
    And our audience submitted over 110 Knockout Stories

    If you want to stay up to date with The Final Round and future seasons, subscribe for free to the Knockout Newsletter at knockoutnewsletter.com and follow us on social media. Until next time, keep fighting and I will see you in the ring for Season 2.

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    Links:

    Free career resources: www.thefinalround.com

    Subscribe for free to our Knockout Newsletter: www.knockoutnewsletter.com

    Check out our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/c/TheFinalRoundPod

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

    • 11 min
    31. Asking 30 Recruiters for their Best Career Advice (Season 1 Wrap Up)

    31. Asking 30 Recruiters for their Best Career Advice (Season 1 Wrap Up)

    To celebrate the end of Season 1, I spent 30+ hours interviewing Recruiters and compiled the BEST pieces of career advice from each Recruiter to help you land jobs! Companies include Google, Boston Consulting Group, LinkedIn, Facebook/Meta, Netflix, Microsoft, Snapchat, Spotify, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Tesla, and more...

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    You can listen to the podcast version here or watch the full video on our YouTube channel with close to 10,000 subscribers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5SMgUjC2f8

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    Links:

    Free career resources: www.thefinalround.com

    Subscribe for free to our Knockout Newsletter: www.knockoutnewsletter.com

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

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    * Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are of the host and guest and not of their employers.

    • 13 min
    30. Hirewell: Agency Recruiting Leader, Joel Lalgee

    30. Hirewell: Agency Recruiting Leader, Joel Lalgee

    Joel Lalgee has a 6-year background in agency recruiting and currently works at Hirewell. He is a massive content creator that has generated 77 million impressions in the last year and has 140,000 followers on LinkedIn. Joel is not afraid to tell it how it is and provides real and authentic career insight from the lens of a recruiter. 

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - Why is it challenging for companies to hire well?

    - Difference between Internal vs. Agency Recruiters?

    - How do Recruiters get paid and what are their incentives?

    - Are Recruiters out to truly help candidates get the best offer?

    - Why is recruiting a hard job?

    - Is job-searching 90% timing?

    - Why are Agency Recruiters in a battle with CEOs?

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    Free career resources: www.thefinalround.com

    Subscribe for free to our Knockout Newsletter: www.knockoutnewsletter.com

    Connect with Joel: www.linkedin.com/in/joellalgee

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

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    * Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are of the host and guest and not of their employers.

    • 38 min
    29. Bonus: Dr. Eli Joseph, Author of "The Perfect Rejection Resume" and Columbia University Professor

    29. Bonus: Dr. Eli Joseph, Author of "The Perfect Rejection Resume" and Columbia University Professor

    Our bonus episode today features Dr. Eli Joseph, an author, educator, TEDx speaker, faculty member at Columbia University and Queens College, and a partner and medical examiner at ExamOne. His new book, "The Perfect Rejection Resume: A Reader’s Guide to Building a Career Through Failure", compiles lessons about failure from his own life experiences and those of influential thought leaders. Get ready to have a deep conversation about overcoming rejection and failure. 

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - What's a rejection resume?

    - How did you use rejection to fuel your professional achievements?

    - Are there any ways to bend the rules in your favor?

    - What are some reasons why your dream job may be out of reach?

    - What's going on with the Great Resignation?

    - What are the takeaways from your book, "The Perfect Rejection Resume"

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    Follow our TikTok @thefinalround

    Subscribe for free to our Knockout Newsletter: www.knockoutnewsletter.com

    Connect with Dr. Eli Joseph on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/elijoseph

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

    Check out The Final Round: www.thefinalround.com

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    * Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are of the host and guest and not of their employers.

    • 38 min
    28. Snapchat (ex-Hulu & Ketchum): Lead Business Recruiters, Lauren Turrisi & Alex Bader

    28. Snapchat (ex-Hulu & Ketchum): Lead Business Recruiters, Lauren Turrisi & Alex Bader

    Ever heard of Snapchat? We chatted with not 1 but 2 Recruiters from Snap Inc.! Alex Bader and Lauren Turrisi are Lead Business Recruiters at Snap having worked there for a combined 4+ years. Previously, Alex spent 8 years as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Hulu and Lauren spent 3 years as a Talent Acquisition Senior Manager at Ketchum, a PR agency. This episode is one of our favorite (Snapchat) memories, and we bet it will be one of yours as well…

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - What is your experience working at Snap and what has surprised you the most?

    - How does Snap approach the social media battle (e.g. Instagram and TikTok)  from a recruiting perspective?

    - What are your Snapchat scores?

    - How has the Snap recruiting team thought about XR (extended reality)?

    - What are some best practices with Recruiter phone screens? What should candidates NOT say?

    - What is a conventional thought in recruiting that you think should be challenged? 

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    Subscribe for free to our Knockout Newsletter: www.knockoutnewsletter.com

    Connect with Lauren T: www.linkedin.com/in/laurenturrisi

    Connect with Alex B: www.linkedin.com/in/abader

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

    Check out The Final Round: www.thefinalround.com

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    * Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are of the host and guest and not of their employers.

    • 38 min
    27. Bonus: Raj Subrameyer, Best Selling Author of "Skyrocket Your Career"

    27. Bonus: Raj Subrameyer, Best Selling Author of "Skyrocket Your Career"

    Our bonus episode features Raj Subrameyer, a tech career strategist and author of the book “Skyrocket Your Career” which hit #5 on the best-seller list. Throughout his entire life, Raj was told he was not good enough, and suffered from severe anxiety, fear of rejection, and low self-esteem. After 20 years of false identity, Raj decided to take control of his life, and has helped thousands of people discover their zone of genius, find their dream job, launch their businesses and become successful leaders. Buckle up your seatbelts and be ready to get inspired.

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - Can you walk us through your hardships earlier in your life?

    - What was the turning point that led you to take control of your life?

    - How do you define "success"?

    - How did you stay motivated to keep applying to jobs while receiving tons of rejections?

    - How did you define your vision and plan out the steps to get to where you wanted to be? 

    - How can our audience become rockstars?

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    Subscribe for free to our "Knockout Newsletter": www.thefinalround.com/newsletter

    Connect with Raj: www.linkedin.com/in/rajsubra

    Check our Raj's Website: www.rajsubra.com

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-aj-eckstein

    Check out The Final Round: www.thefinalround.com

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    *Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are of the host and guest and not of their employers.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

Dallin Hernandez ,

Game Changing Podcast

I’m currently going through the job search process right now, and recently listened to one of the podcasts. All I can say is WOW. The insights gleaned and confidence I have now to move forward is amazing! AJ does a phenomenal job at asking the right questions so job seekers get the most out of listening. HIGHLY recommend this podcast to all professionals in their careers. Whether you are just starting out in college, or have 5 years of work experience this podcast is for YOU!

bill gates! ,

Great for any job-seeker!

I absolutely love this podcast and how it’s tailored to any job-seeker, no matter age. I’m a current university student, and I ensure to set time aside everyday to listen to this podcast, take notes, and even connect with the recruiters featured. I’ve found that AJ always asks the exact questions I’m thinking. Furthermore, I can tell that the recruiter and the host are on our side, trying to help us achieve our dreams. Good luck to everyone on the job recruitment journey — this podcast is a must to aid you on that path.

bobilita555 ,

10/10

Highly recommend to anyone wanting to go through the consulting recruiting process! Great advice & insight as to how it all works!

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