Office Hours With RBC’s Career Launch Program: Top Application & Interview Tips For New Grads

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If you’re looking for your first paid career experience, RBC’s Career Launch Program is a great place to start!

This unique opportunity allows young professionals to work alongside experienced professionals at one of the biggest banking institutions in Canada. Sound like a great fit for you? The first step is to ace the hiring process.

On October 8th, the experts at RBC’s Career Launch Program answered questions from students and grads looking to apply to this award=winning program. If you missed the event, don’t worry – we have the full 90-minute transcript right here. Read on!

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Hi TalentEgg-ers – Office Hours with RBC’s Career Launch Program will begin at 3 p.m. (ET). Stay tuned!

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Welcome to Office Hours, everyone! Thanks for joining us today. My name is Veronica and I’ll be moderating this live Q&A today.

We’re very egg-cited to introduce our guest experts from RBC’s Career Launch Program. Over the next 90 minutes, they’ll be answering your application and interview questions about this fantastic opportunity.

Now, many of you have submitted career questions in advance. We will be covering a lot of ground today, and while we may not get to every individual question, we will do our best to touch as many topics as we can to give you the best insights to the Career Launch Program hiring process. Don’t forget – you can also submit questions live during the event as well!

Before we begin, let’s introduce our guest experts. Could you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello everyone! My name is Chris. I am very excited to join you today on TalentEgg Office Hours. First, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I completed both a M.A. and B.A. at the University of Toronto. I have had a variety of experiences across the private, non-profit, and university sectors, but without a doubt, my time at RBC has equipped me with the twenty-first century skills necessary to kick-start a journey of professional and personal growth. I look forward to sharing the experiences and insights I have gained during my time as a RBC Career Launch Associate with you today!

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello everyone! My name is Neelam Sian and I am an Associate in the unique RBC Career Launch Program. I graduated with a degree in Business Communication from Brock University, however I am still learning new things with RBC everyday. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences thus far!

Comment From Vanda- Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello everyone. My name is Vanda Hudak and I am Manager, RBC Career Launch Program. I’ve been with RBC for eight years now. I feel privileged for being a part of the Career Launch program from its beginning and have seen two cohorts of Associates to go through the program and benefit from it on both personal and professional levels. My previous career includes roles in recruitment, training and clinical research.

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi everyone. I’m Madeleine Barker the Director of the RBC Career Launch Program. I have the amazing opportunity of working with the talented team who brings this innovative program to life. I’ve spent my entire career in the banking industry. I started out in retail banking working with our clients and leading teams; and then shifted to focus on employees and how we enable them through communication, learning, coaching and change management practices. I’m excited to be here to answer your questions about RBC Career Launch.

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello everyone. My name is Raynah Monteiro a Manager with the RBC Career Launch Program. A very gratifying experience to mentor our young students as they transition from school to a career journey. My RBC career journey began fifteen years ago with RBC Insurance and with a lens to explore I progressed thru various roles and experiences. As I reflect my expertise has grown and evolved in the Field of Learning with a focus on Onboarding, Coaching and Mentoring. I look forward to share my experience on this program.

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Egg-cellent – without further delay, let’s get started!

Pragya, an Economics Major from the University of Toronto asks:
“What skills and experiences does your ideal candidate possess?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
We are looking for candidates who are team-focused, eager to learn, results-oriented, flexible, adaptable and committed to quality work. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are very important. Candidates may have demonstrated these skills in a different way – during education, volunteer work, or previous employment.

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Jasbir, a Finance Major from McMaster University asks:
“What do you value more in an employee? Grades, extracurricular activities, or work experience?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
When looking at a resume or an application I am trying to look at number of things and how they complement each other. It is never just one criterion. If I see that a candidate has limited work experience I put more value on his/her extracurricular activities. When reviewing application of a recent graduate I might take an extra interest in their academic achievements. Overall impression is important too- is the application neatly formatted and information organized in a logical and professional manner? Things like that. Ultimate objective is that we are looking for passionate, professional and team-focus candidates who are open to embracing new opportunities.

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Christine, a Management Specialist (Major in Accounting) from the University of Toronto asks:
“What qualities and knowledge are you looking for in candidates for the CLP program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
The RBC Career Launch Program is a unique program open to recent college and university grads from all programs and disciplines. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for learning combined with practical work experience, a positive attitude, and who are professional, adaptable and committed to working both within a team and independently.

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Nimin, a Marketing major at the University of Victoria asks:
“Will we have to perform a case study in the interview?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program

Hi, Nimin. Thank you for your question. Selection process for the program will not include working on a case study. To start, candidates are asked to fill-in an application form that can be found on our website. Selected candidates will be contacted for a phone interview and the final stage of the selection process is in-person Panel assessment.

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Pricilla, an Economics major at the University of Waterloo asks:
“Is there a particular way you prefer we format our application?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Pricilla, Great question! The RBC Career Launch Application form is very user friendly! You simply download the application form found on the website and answer the questions by filling in your contact information, educational background, work experience, and volunteer experience. Then, complete the essay directly into the application form. Finally, once the application form is complete, follow the instructions on our website on how to apply, which can be found in the above hyperlink.

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Mohammed, a Computer Science major at NAIT, asks:
“What is the most effective way to apply for this program? Is it better that I contact one of your representatives directly?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Mohammed, in previous years, we’ve received close to 5,000 applications. To allow us to connect with as many interested people as possible – we’re using forums like Office Hours to respond to questions. I encourage you to review our application form including the essay description and submit your application if you think the Career Launch Program would be a good fit for you!

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Kevin, a student at Humber College, asks:
“Where can I apply for this program? What is the deadline?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Kevin, You can apply to the program by following this link. Here, you can find out all the information you need, including the application form and the portal through which you can apply. The application deadline is October 26, 2015.

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Gemma asks:
“What types of experiences look best on a resume for your program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Gemma- Great question. Our program is unique and provides a first career experience and a resume is not an expectation. To apply for the program candidates are asked to complete an application which includes an essay. Having said that, experiences that demonstrate your collaboration and communication skills would be beneficial.

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Ena, a Sociology major, asks:
“Do you require references and if yes, what types of references do you prefer?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Ena. We do not require references during our selection process however if selected, we do conduct series of pre-employment checks that include employment verification.

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Ready to join for the RBC Career Launch Program? Be sure to submit your application by October 26th at 12 p.m. ET in order to be considered! See the full program description.

Meeka, a graduate from NAIT, asks:
“Do university graduates have an advantage over college graduates?”

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you for your excellent question, Meeka! Since the Career Launch Program is designed to help bridge the gap between post-secondary school and the workplace, the program values all levels of post-secondary education. So, University graduates do not have an advantage over College graduates.

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Shaheed, a Business Administration major at the University of Winnipeg asks:
“Can you tell me about any unique components the Career Launch Program offers? For example, do you offer special training, networking opportunities, etc.”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Shaheed, Thank you for your great question! The RBC Career Launch Program has many unique components built into its structure. There are three rotations, each of which is in a very different environment. The second rotation is particularly unique. I was placed at Ashoka Canada, where I assisted their team to plan a large conference set for this fall and managed their social media strategy.

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Joshua asks:
“How long is the hiring process?”

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Joshua, thank you for your question. After the deadline of October 26, 2015 – a lottery takes place, and selected candidates will be contacted for a phone interview. If a candidate is chosen to proceed, he/she will then attend a video interview during the month of November. Finally, selected candidates attend an in-person panel interview between November 30 and December 4, 2015.

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Liyu, a graduate from the University of Calgary, asks:
“What types of jobs will I be qualified to apply for after completing the Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Liyu, over the one year internship you will be exposed to 3 different rotations and build a variety of different skills including critical thinking, communication and teamwork. Our Associates come from many education disciplines and have varied career aspirations. What we have found is that after the one year program our Associates are more competitive, confident and qualified to secure roles with greater growth opportunity and accountability on their chosen career path.

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Jeremy asks:
“What’s the most impressive question a candidate has ever asked you in an interview?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Interesting question, Jeremy. I am not sure I can single out one question though I like questions that show a genuine interest in the organization and the role itself. In addition, I am intrigued when a question demonstrates that a candidate prepared for an interview and thought about the role and how he/she can contribute.

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Khan, an Economics major at the University of Western Ontario asks:
“What is the suggested dress code for the interview?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you for the question Khan. Formal business attire is suggested for the interview.

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Wallace asks:
“When the people you interview ask you questions, what are you expecting from them?”

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Wallace, thank you for your question today. When you are being interviewed, remember that everyone else is asked the same questions. Interviewers are looking for thoughtful responses that tell them something about you and your abilities.

Comment From Alison
I have owned my own business for the last 6 summers while I went through school, will this effect my application of being considered since I have not worked for another employer in sometime

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Alison, Thank you for your question. That is a very impressive experience! I think that a diverse set of personal, work, and volunteer experiences, and in your case, your entrepreneurial background definitely make you a great candidate for the program. If reading about the program excites you, and you can see an opportunity for personal and professional development, this is the program for you!

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You can learn more about RBC’s Career Launch Program on their Employer Profile! Be sure to check it regularly for the latest updates.

Comment From Blair, Finance graduate from St. Francis Xavier University
Thank you all for attending. What are recruiters looking for in the application essay? Since we are not to include our resumes, is it simply a summary of our experiences and qualifications?

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Blair, the application form contains all the information we require! Be sure to include all your previous experience including volunteer work. When completing the essay component, focus on sharing your perspective while demonstrating your critical thinking, passion and written communication skills.

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Janni, a Psychology major at Acadia University, asks:
“In what cities do you currently offer this program? Will I have to move in order to be considered?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Janni. Great question. The program is offered in 16 cities across Canada – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montréal, Moncton, Halifax, Oakville/Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Oshawa/Whitby, Barrie, Kingston or Ottawa. Candidates are welcome to apply for up to three locations however RBC doesn’t provide support with relocation. It is important to note that the final stage of the selection process is done via in-person panel assessments. Selected candidates have to be available to attend an in-person session in any one of the cities for which they applied, without financial assistance from RBC. Panel sessions will take place during the week of November 30, 2015.

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Mike, a Biology major at the University of Western Ontario, asks:
“What are the biggest mistakes applicants make on their resumes and interviews?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
On your resume – or in the case of our program – your application form – make sure you take the time to review and proof read. Small spelling, formatting or grammatical errors can quickly overshadow other experience. For interviews, make sure you prepare. Learn what you can about the organization and the role, be ready to ask thoughtful questions and articulate how you can contribute and why you’re interested.

Comment From Sruti Mukherjee
What are some of the challenges faced by a Career Launch Associate?

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Sruti, In my experience, the most challenging but rewarding aspect of the RBC Career Launch Program is integrating into many different teams, adapting quickly to new conditions, and learning the necessary skills in order to make an impact in your various rotations. The ability to work as an effective member of a team will pay dividends throughout your career.

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Don’t forget – RBC is now accepting applications for their Career Launch Program! The deadline is October 26th at 12 p.m. ET.

Josie, an English major at the University of Toronto, asks:
“I don’t have a background in Finance or Business. Will that put my application at a disadvantage?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Josie, Awesome question! I had the same concern as I applied to the Career Launch Program. Fortunately, RBC recognizes the value that different perspectives and disciplines can bring and the strength that comes from a workforce that is diverse, in every sense of the term. Use your degree in a discipline outside of Finance and Business to differentiate yourself and to demonstrate how your unique training and skills can add value to RBC. Remember, RBC is a huge organization with many departments and units that focus on other critical functions outside of the business of banking and finance, such as Corporate Citizenship and Communications, Human Resources, Government and Regulatory Affairs, and Technology and Operations, among many others. My eyes have been opened to the vast array of roles to which I can potentially add value and develop professionally.

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Wei, an OCAD graduate, asks:
“Do you prefer traditional-looking resumes over graphic resumes?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you Wei for joining our chat today. Due to the nature of this program a cover letter or resume is not part of the application process. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria and complete an application which includes an essay.

POLL

What part of the RBC Career Launch Program interests you the most?

    The networking opportunities (6%)

    The opportunity to work at RBC (19%)

    The support and mentorship opportunities (6%)

    The rotational feature – being able to try out different roles (69%)

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Nikki, a Business Administration student at the University of Alberta, asks:
“I’m currently taking some time off my studies to work and save tuition money. Would RBC be open to considering my application?”

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Nikki, great question! The RBC Career Launch program provides a one-year long paid internship for new graduates to experience three different facets of the industry. Since the RBC Career Launch Program is designed to ease the transition from graduation to the workplace, you must have a completed University or College degree or diploma in order to apply.

Comment From jane911116
I am bilingual in English and Mandarin. Can I also apply for this program?

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Language skills are very valuable in a diverse Canadian marketplace. The Career launch program does not require candidate to be bilingual except in Montreal, where candidates must be fully bilingual in English and French. That said, language skills may be utilized in first rotation, where candidates are placed in one of our branches and work directly with the public and also in second rotation where Associates work in assigned local charity.

Comment From Stan
Does studying and working abroad experience benefit joining RBC CLP team? I’ve had a summer training in Hong Kong and studied half a year in Barcelona, Spain.

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Stan, sounds like you’ve had some great experiences in both work and study! Our goal is to bring together a dynamic group of Associates with a variety of backgrounds. I believe that studying and working abroad would provide you with unique skills and perspectives. If you think the Career Launch would be a good fit for your career, I encourage you to apply.

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Chris, a graduate from George Brown College, asks:
“What is the general process for hiring in this program? For example, are there any qualifying tests I have to take or a phone screening, etc?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Chris great question! The application process includes an application form and essay to be completed online. Following that there is a virtual interview and panel interview.

Comment From Sruti Mukherjee
What do you love about your role as an Associate?

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Sruti, Thanks for your question! There are many aspects of my role as Associate that I love, but I would have to say that the ability to work in three different diverse environments over the period of a year is my favourite aspect of the program. The comprehensive training and opportunities to devote time toward professional development and networking are the most valuable takeaways from the program.

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Gurpreet, a Business Administration major asks:
“What are the main things we are evaluated on in the interview?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Gurpreet, In phone interviews we are assessing candidates’ communications skills and overall motivation to join the program. To be successful in the program, Associates need to have an aptitude to embracing new experiences, being proactive, collaborative and professional. So, those are the areas we focus on in our interviews.

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Wondering where the RBC Career Launch Program can lead you? TalentEgg connected with two Career Launch graduates who were able to start their careers thanks to the experiences they gained in this program.

Priya, a graduate from Humber College, asks:
“I’ve been out of school for a few years now, and I’ve already had a few jobs, but I’m looking to widen my options. Would the Career Launch Program still be beneficial for me?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Priya and thank you for joining our chat today. The RBC Career Launch Program is a one year program which is open to recent university or college graduates from across Canada, aged 24 and under. If you meet these criteria , you are welcome to complete the application online.

Comment From Stacey
Are the associates hired by RBC after they finish the program?

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Stacey, thanks for your question. Career Launch is a one year contract position with no expectation that Associates remain with RBC following the program. One of our objectives with the design was to ensure we offered the developmental opportunity to individuals interested in careers outside of financial services.

Comment From Marie-Adélaïde
What constitutes success in the RBC Career Launch Program ?

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Marie-Adélaïde, what a great question! From my experience in the program, it has become quite evident that success is measured by what you decide to put into it! In my case, I was actively involved in contributing to our internal social media platform, RBC Connect where we have a group designated to our current Career Launch Associate cohort. My initiative and proactive involvement led to exclusive opportunities such as taking on a Community Manager project with three other Associates, and even a visit to Queen’s Park with the RBC Career Launch team.

Amous asks:
“Are there things you look for in resumes that would immediately take them out of consideration?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Amous. Thank you for your question. Yes, eligibility is a key factor. You can review the RBC Career Launch Program’s eligibility requirements on the homepage at www.rbc.com/careerlaunch.

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Caroline, an Arts major at the University of Toronto asks:
“Do you accept volunteer roles as work experience? If you do, should we list it under ‘work experience’ or ‘volunteer experience?'”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Caroline, Yes, we are interested in your volunteer and extracurricular experiences! You’ll find a section dedicated to the volunteer experience directly on the application form. List all your experiences and the reasons why you decided to be involved on your application.

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Winnie, an IT major at Ryerson University asks:
“If the person you interview is nervous, does that mean they automatically don’t pass the interview?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Winnie. Confidence is a critical factor to performing well in an interview. The good news is even if you are extremely nervous about an upcoming interview, there are several things you can do to help you perform well. Preparation is key to settling nerves. Learn all you can about the program. Come prepared with questions. Practice with a friend or family member so you can learn to anticipate questions. Check out our interview tips here.

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Victor, a Life Science major at the University of Waterloo, asks:
“Can the Career Launch Program help me secure work outside of the Banking industry?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Victor, That’s an excellent question, and definitely one that I devote a lot of time thinking about. Based on my knowledge and the conversations I have had with last year’s cohort, many past Associates go on to work in a broad range of industries – from consulting, the public sector, marketing, communications, and beyond. If you are interested on finding out more information about ‘graduates’ of the program, more information can be found in our Annual Report here.

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Erica, a Master’s student major at Ryerson University asks:
“Are Master’s Degree holders considered overqualified for the Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Erica great question! Our program provides a first career experience to any graduates with different educational backgrounds. There is no preference given to certain types of education and we encourage everyone who meets the eligibility criteria to apply.

Comment From Josephine
The essay-writing tips say “make sure that you have the substance to support your reasoning.” In terms of the application essay, what sort of “substance” are you looking for?

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Josephine. Tricky question. I would give you some guidelines by commenting on how we evaluate the essays. We are assessing an applicant’s communication skills; how compelling/persuasive writing is, essay structure and formatting. We are also looking for unique and innovative ideas, original insights and critical thinking. The essay is your opportunity to show your personality.

Comment From Anna-Maria Kalesoski
Thanks for all of the questions you’ve been answering so far! I would like to know if the rotations take into account our career goals/ interests?

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Anna-Maria – excellent question! This was definitely something I was curious about too. There are three rotations involved in the Career Launch Program: client-facing, working with a Canadian registered RBC partnered charity, and a role in RBC’s regional or national office. The last two rotations are matched to each Associate’s preferences, experiences and educational background. There is plenty of communication between the Managers and the Associates to ensure that the Associate is placed appropriately – I could not be more excited to head into my third rotation! The best part about these three rotations is that we are exposed to three totally unique placements. I am so thrilled to have branch experience on my resume – it offers transferable skills that an Associate can take with them to any job. The not-for-profit work is such an amazing initiative by RBC, being able to give back to the community while representing RBC is unbelievably rewarding.

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Zayeem, a Business Administration Major from the University of Toronto asks:
“How likely is it that I can land a job after the Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Zayeem, that’s a tough question to answer. This program aims to provide Associates with a comprehensive experience that will ultimately help them to make decisions about their career path and increase their attractiveness to future employers. From our experience, some Associates will explore positions at RBC and apply for roles following their one-year term here and some Associates aspire for careers outside of banking industry. The program offers learning and experiences that are fully transferable.

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For those of you just tuning in, RBC is hiring Associates for their award-winning Career Launch Program! The deadline is October 26th at 12 p.m. ET – check it out!

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Annie, a graduate from Mount Allison University, asks:=
“If we know someone who is currently in the Career Launch Program, would their referral increase our chances of being selected for an interview?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Annie. Knowing someone who is currently an Associate with the Career Launch Program won’t increase your chances of being hired but I would encourage you to leverage their experience with the program to help you prepare for the application process and eventually the interview if you are a successful candidate. What a unique opportunity to get the inside scoop on the program!

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Chau asks:
“What types of questions can we expect during the interview?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Chau. We are using behavioural based questions for our interviews. I will not share actual questions here but I suggest that you google “behaviour interview tips” online to find plenty of great tips and examples.

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Nirupam, a Marketing Management student from Humber College asks:
“What is the one thing that you look for in a resume that makes you want to invite a candidate for an interview?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
One of the unique aspects of our program is the hiring approach. We don’t ask for a resume! Instead candidates submit an application including an essay. We use these applications to assess each candidate’s fit for the program with a focus on critical thinking, passion and written communication skills.

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Salwa, a Commerce Specialist (Majors in Finance and Economics) from the University of Toronto asks:
“What skills would I gain through the Career Launch Program?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Salwa, That is an excellent question. The skills that one will take away from the Career Launch Program are many. First, based on how the program is structured, Associates will learn how to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team. The sheer number of stakeholders one will come into contact with, whether it is your clients, peers, or managers, will enhance your adaptability to new people and scenarios and will help you sharpen your networking skills. Finally, Associates benefit from a combination of virtual classrooms and on-the-job training, which allows for the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills.

POLL

What are you most interested in learning about today?

    The opportunities RBC’s CLP offers (40%)
    Application and resume tips (27%)
    Interview advice (33%)

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Nicole, a Finance major at McMaster University asks:
“Do you have any dress code tips for the interview portion of the process? Are there any particular types of outfits that leave a better impression on interviewers than others?”

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Nicole, thanks for your question. I always suggest professional business wear for an interview – even a video interview.

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Sean, a graduate from the University of Windsor, asks:
“Most of my work experience is in the restaurant or retail industry. How do you suggest I ‘sell’ my experiences in my application/interview?

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hi Sean, Thank you for your question! The experience that you gained from working in retail and in the restaurant business will definitely serve you well in the program. Customer service, communication, teamwork, attention to detail, and problem solving are critical skills that are necessary for success across all three rotations.

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Tomi, a graduate from George Brown College asks:
“What if something happens on your way to the interview and you are delayed. Will you be automatically disqualified for the interview, even if you call to say you will be a bit late?”

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hello Tomi. It is always a best practice to prepare to be early for an interview to minimize any impact of circumstances beyond your control. If for any reason you miss the interview, call the person who invited you to the interview as soon as possible to apologize and provide a brief explanation.

Comment From Blair, Finance graduate from St. Francis Xavier University
The hardest question I find to answer when interviewing at the banks is “Why this bank”? With how much demand outweighs supply in banking careers, most of us have no choice but to apply to all banks. How would you recommend answering “Why RBC” in the career launch interview?

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Blair, Thank you for this excellent question. As with any interview process, always do your research on the company to which you are applying. Learn about the business and the company’s top competitors and find out about the initiatives and projects the company is involved in. This is a way that many companies differentiate themselves.

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We have time for a few more questions, everyone!

Natalie asks:
“What is the most challenging part of the program?”

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Hi Natalie. I think the rotational nature of the program provides unique challenges. Each rotation is in a very different environment, with a different team and requires Associates to learn new skills in a fairly short time. On top of it Associates have to remain open minded because the second and third rotation placements are not known to them until few weeks before the rotation starts.

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Hany, a student at Acadia University, asks:
“I have a lot of volunteer experience, but very little internship or work experience. Will you still consider my application?”

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Hello Hany, Yes! That is an amazing question. There are many critical skills and talents that we develop while we participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer experiences. For me, it was my work on the executive committees of student organizations at university that introduced me to the skills of leadership and communication, the basic principles of project management, and the dynamics of working with diverse teams that proved most valuable to my application to the program. We develop many critical transferable skills from our activities outside of work – think hard about what those skills are from your collective past experiences!

Comment From Zayeem Khan
How many associates are hired every year for this program? I understand the numbers can vary from time to time so a rough estimate would be appreciated 🙂

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Zayeem, we hire 100 Associates for each Career Launch program cohort. Currently, we are hiring for the third cohort and we offer this program in 16 cities across Canada.

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That’s all the time we have for today, everyone. Thanks for all your egg-cellent questions!

A special thanks to our special guest experts from RBC’s Career Launch Program. Is there anything you would like to say before we go?

Comment From Madeleine – Director, RBC Career Launch Program
Thanks very much everyone! We really appreciate your participation and interest in the Career Launch Program.

Comment From Raynah – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program
Thank you for joining our chat today and the great questions! Wishing you all the best.

Comment From Christopher – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you so much for all your participation today! I really enjoyed fielding your questions. I hope my responses were helpful, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

Comment From Neelam – RBC Career Launch Associate
Thank you to everyone for raising your questions today, we had a lot of fun answering them. Stay focused, and good luck!

Comment From Vanda – Manager, RBC Career Launch Program

Wow, we received a lot of questions today! Thank you everybody for joining and for asking your questions. Don’t forget, application closes at 12:00 pm EST on October 26 and to be considered you need to submit the application form that you can download on our website

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If you’re just tuning in now, don’t worry – we will be posting a transcript of this chat in the upcoming days.

We will also be having another Office Hours chat with the RBC Career Launch team and Associates on October 20th at 3 p.m. ET! Be sure to save you spot and submit a career question in advance here.

Thanks again for joining us for Office Hours with RBC’s Career Launch Program. Have an egg-cellent day!

Ready to start your career with the RBC Career Launch Program? Learn more about this amazing opportunity here!

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