28 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 • 153 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

    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/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
    26. Coinbase (ex-Glassdoor & Slack): Principal Recruiter, Linda Schubert

    26. Coinbase (ex-Glassdoor & Slack): Principal Recruiter, Linda Schubert

    Linda Schubert is a Principal Recruiter at Coinbase, the largest Cryptocurrency exchange in the United States. She previously worked in recruiting and talent acquisition at Glassdoor, Slack, and Thrive Global. In her free time, she is a career mentor for candidates through Career Contessa. Get ready for an electric conversation around the world of recruiting in Crypto, NFTs, Web 3.0, and more.

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - What has the rollercoaster been like working at Coinbase?

    - How do you break into Crypto?

    - How to avoid burnout in the job search?

    - What would you say the companies did with the most positive employee reviews on Glassdoor? How about negative reviews?

    - How is talent shifting from tech to Crypto?

    - How can you learn more about Crypto and open jobs?

    - Do you own any crypto or NFTs?

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

    Connect with Linda: www.linkedin.com/in/lindaschubert

    Follow our Host on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/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.

    • 37 min
    25. Deutsche Bank (ex-Goldman Sachs): Head of Americas Graduate Recruitment, Annie Hopkins

    25. Deutsche Bank (ex-Goldman Sachs): Head of Americas Graduate Recruitment, Annie Hopkins

    Annie Hopkins is the Head of Americas Graduate Recruitment at Deutsche Bank (DB) meaning she manages all of DB’s campus recruiting for internships and jobs for the US. She is also the former Vice President of Diversity Recruiting and Campus Recruiting at Goldman Sachs. 

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - What are the essentials of the banking/finance industry?

    - What types of entry-level roles exist at an investment bank?

    - What might differentiate one investment bank from another?

    - Answering the interview question: "Why x bank?"

    - How do you break in with a non-traditional background, for example, coming from a non-target school?

    - What advice would you give candidates who are prepping for finance/ banking interviews?

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    Connect with Annie: www.linkedin.com/in/annie-hopkins-9a134925/

    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
    24. Netflix (ex-Ubisoft, Lucasfilm, Dolby Labs): Talent Recruiter, Marie Ablaza

    24. Netflix (ex-Ubisoft, Lucasfilm, Dolby Labs): Talent Recruiter, Marie Ablaza

    Marie Ablaza (AKA "Fairy Job Mother") is a Talent Recruiter at Netflix Games Studio. She was previously a recruiter at Ubisoft, Lucasfilm, and Dolby Laboratories, and has worked in industries such as tech, entertainment, media, and video games. She was also recognized for the 2021 San Francisco Top Recruiter of the Year Award. Trust me, “You are going to BINGE this episode like you binge Netflix shows.”

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - Deep dive into Netflix Games Studio?

    - New Netflix Series on biggest candidate mistakes?

    - Favorite Netflix shows?

    - What do people NOT know about working in tech, media, entertainment, and video gaming?

    - Should you document your life/career?

    - Best practices for transferring from a community college?

    - Is success a group effort?

    - Why is staying involved important if your "cup" is already full?

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    Connect with Marie: www.linkedin.com/in/mariebenigno/

    Marie's Personal Website: www.marieablaza.me/

    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
    23. Spotify: Senior Campus Recruiter & Global Pipeline Program Manager, Hannah Wolf

    23. Spotify: Senior Campus Recruiter & Global Pipeline Program Manager, Hannah Wolf

    Hannah Wolf is a Senior Campus Recruiter and Global Early Career Pipeline Program Manager at Spotify, the very platform you might be listening on. Prior to Spotify, Hannah worked in Recruiting and HR at Yahoo, Bloomberg, Tiffany & Co., and more. We also brought a special co-host to this episode (Sam Kao). Let's dive into the ring...

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - How to answer the question, "Why Spotify?"

    - Do employees at Spotify play/love music?

    - What are some ways candidates can put themselves in a position to be connected to career opportunities?

    - What are the various programs at Spotify?

    - How is an HR role different than a Recruiter role?

    - Should your resume have unique design/format/color?

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    Connect with Hannah: www.linkedin.com/in/hannahwolf1/

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

    Podcast episode website: www.thefinalround.com/episode23/

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

    • 36 min
    22. Google: Recruiter & Rejection Manager, Elizabeth Morgan

    22. Google: Recruiter & Rejection Manager, Elizabeth Morgan

    Elizabeth Morgan is a former Recruiter and Rejection Manager at Google and current Senior Social Media Program Manager at iCIMS. Elizabeth has built up an audience of over 70,000 LinkedIn followers and has generated 9 million views in 2021 with her weekly career content. This will be a fun episode since we will talk more than just recruiting, for instance, how Elizabeth founded her side hustle Etsy shop called Lively Liz Creations. Let’s dive in!

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    Here are some questions we will be answering:

    - How do you find the right balance between being too personal vs. too professional online?

    - How do job descriptions get made?

    - Google looks for "Googliness" - how do you answer the "Googliness" question? 

    - What are the main reasons candidates get rejected? 

    - Do you recommend others to have side gigs and side hustles?

    - Is GPA important in the recruitment process?

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    Connect with Elizabeth: www.linkedin.com/in/livelyliz/

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

    Read the episode transcript: https://thefinalround.com/episode22/

    Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D8ISAj7BC4

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

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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153 Ratings

153 Ratings

AdamLeadership ,

Great concept and guests

Really valuable for anyone interested in learning directly from recruiters at the top companies on what really goes on and how to break through. Great stuff.

RizzlyVandal ,

Recommend to Everyone

After learning about The Final Round Podcast by AJ Eckstein from a great organization called Bridging the Gap, I have been listening to AJ’s insightful, free podcasts, every time I get into my truck, walk to class or have down time. The professional development advice is pure gold for any up and coming student eager to land that dream job, impress in any interview and grow as a professional. I’m recommending it to all my friends and peers to learn how to properly prepare for interviews, network and conquer the academic and professional world. This podcast is a life hack, I swear. 5 Stars!

youngjets1111 ,

Great Podcast

This is such an amazing podcast I only wish I had found it earlier. I recommend it to people of all ages, especially those who are looking for a job now or in the future. By listening to this podcast I have saved a lot of time in my job search. AJ and those he features point out common mistakes and then give advice through their experience on ways to be better than the competition. The wisdom that I have gained from listening to the Final around is invaluable. Thank you AJ.

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