Hannah Louise Brier

Recruitment Associate

  • Business Management with HRM
  • Brighton, University of
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • SAP

What was the interview process like?

The interns were heavily involved with the recruitment. This created a calm atmosphere and made me feel at ease in what can be a daunting time. I applied directly through the careers site, was contacted promptly with an invitation for a telephone interview. This was then followed by an invitation to the assessment day, which was a very enjoyable.

How much responsibility were you given?

Within a few months I was owning the recruitment process for all UK Graduate hiring, which was a success which then led me onto being asked to fly to the Nordics to run the full recruitment process. By the time I had left, I had completed the 360 degree recruitment process from Graduate positions to Senior positions across various positions.

What advice would you give to someone applying for your role?

Come into the role eager to learn and most importantly be yourself. There is an awful lot to learn in recruitment but once you get the hang of it’s the best feeling closing those positions for people across the business. Make the most of being within the recruitment bubble for the 13 months, the connections you will make are invaluable.

What has been your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge for me was the ability to say no and push back when I found myself handling a heavy volume of work. It is difficult when you first start as you want to impress your team and you don’t want to seem incapable. This however is not the case.

Where has your experience exceeded your expectations?

Before joining SAP, I never knew how much exposure a recruiter got across the business until I joined SAP. I’ve recruited across all areas of the business for all levels, this has exposed me to all functions and people of all senioritis.

What did you most enjoy about your role?

My recruitment role at SAP was an EMEA role which meant I was recruiting for roles in various countries and working with colleagues from different cultures. This was something I wanted to experience when working for an international company. This also led to great opportunities to travelling on business trips abroad.

Describe a situation where you surpassed expectations

My nerves always got the better of me when presenting. It was my goal to overcome this. I put myself forward for every opportunity, and now I thoroughly enjoy presenting! Since improving, I was asked to present at Universities. Presenting in front of the COO as well as hosting team calls was something I would never saw myself doing this!

What was the atmosphere like in your team?

The atmosphere in the team was friendly, fun and encouraging. I felt like an integrated part of the team from day one. We worked hard but we also knew how to have fun. Most importantly, everyone helped each other and you always knew you could rely on someone if you needed help.

What were the activities outside of work?

The recruitment team was a very social team, we’d have regular dinners and drinks in London. Alongside this was the Intern community, with over 30 interns across the business there was never a quiet weekend. As well as the partying side of work, there were also some great opportunities to get involved in CSR activities.

How promising are the graduate prospects?

SAP are extremely passionate about hiring Graduates into the business. There are numerous faces walking round who were once an intern. SAP invest a lot of time into their interns and they are very encouraging and supporting in helping you find opportunities within SAP for after you graduate.

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