The busy recruiting season is in full swing and everyone is getting busy with first interviews, second interviews and different events. This is a big milestone in your career, make sure that you take everything in and enjoy the experience. For those of you that have been invited, the PwC Wine and Cheese is quickly approaching. Even two years later, I can still remember my first PwC Wine and Cheese. Keep these tips in mind:
Steady Handshake and Eye Contact
In the professional services industry, business is all about building relationships. This starts with a firm handshake and eye contact to show the person you’re talking to that you are interested. After that everything else is like cherries on top.
Smile and be Yourself
The PwC wine and cheese is your opportunity to get to know everyone from the firm. Conversely, it is everyone’s opportunity at PwC to get to know you. They want to get to know you for you, not who you think everyone would like. So if you like to go catching butterflies, talk about that not how you read the business section of the Globe and Mail every morning because . . . unless that’s what you do. Be yourself and don’t forget to smile.
Know you Interests
The PwC Wine and Cheese is your opportunity to get know people and what is offered by the firm. Do you have aspirations of where you would like to be in 5 or 10 years? Would you like to be seconded to a PwC office outside of Canada? Would you like to move your career into the tax, consulting and deals or small business practice? Make sure that you let people know these interests. That way you can meet people from all lines of service and get to know what they do in a day.
Not a House Party
The PwC Wine and Cheese is not a house party. It will be an open bar but make sure to pace yourself. At my first PwC Wine and Cheese I had a few drinks but made sure to switch over to tonic and lime when I felt it was time. This made sure that I was remembered for all the right reasons.
Anyways, don’t think too much, it is your time to shine. Just treat it like you are getting together with a few of your very close friends because you never know what the future will hold. You could be in my position in a couple years with these great people as your colleagues.
I look forward to meeting you all at the upcoming PwC Wine and Cheese.