Inside Recruiter Advice from Techtronic Industries (TTi)

By: Amanda

Recently, we had Techtronic Industries (TTi) visit Career and Internship Services. I sat down with Hailey Franklin to learn more about the company, as well as what they look for in interviews and at job fairs. Hailey graduated from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at UMD in the spring of 2019 with a major in Management Information Systems and a minor in Communication. She also has a variety of marketing experiences. Since graduation, Hailey has been working for TTi as a Territory Manager and a Field Sales Rep. 

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Text: Insider tips from a recruiter

At this point, you might be wondering who TTi is and what they do. TTi is an electronic tool distributor company. They primarily distribute through Home Depot, owning brands such as Milwaukee Electric Tool, Hoover, and Dirt Devil. TTi recently partnered with Walmart to launch a new brand. TTi plans to hire 700 December and May graduates, as well as 150 interns. Hailey shared that any area of study can apply for roles with the company. A few main areas include sales, management, marketing, product management, and supply chain.

Hailey’s top piece of advice when it comes to an elevator pitch is to keep it simple. “Make sure it goes full circle,” she advised. Essentially, she is looking for three things in your elevator pitch: What can you bring to the company, what you are looking for, and any questions you may have for the recruiter. An easy tip she had was to read the company bio over in Handshake. 

Woman and man standing together in front of a table.
Hailey and her fellow TTi recruiter at the recent Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair at UW-Superior.

Hailey shared that some of the best resumes she sees are ones with quantitative bullet points in the experience section. Additionally, make sure to deep dive into your experiences and illustrate skills from each you will bring to the position you are applying for. All in all, this is what Hailey had to say “Everything on your resume should help you stand out and highlight your wins. Be able to talk in-depth about every line on your resume in an interview and you will be fine!”

“Confidence is key, if you do not have confidence, any interviewer is going to see it.” Hailey shared when asked her top interview tip. She went on to expand upon this further, stating “Have high energy. High energy and positive energy individuals will almost always get a second-round interview.” Make sure to focus on what you are doing well right now to get yourself to the next position. Highlight your areas of opportunity. Hailey advises interviewees use the STAR method when answering questions. 

S – Situation: Explain the experience and your role in it. 
T – Task: What specifically were you trying to accomplish? 
A – Action: What did you do and why? What key skills or competencies were used? 
R – Result: Explain the impact of your actions, use quantitative results if possible. 

She added that at TTi they use STAR-LA. Here is what the additional letters stand for. 

L – Learned: Explain what you learned from the experience.
A – Apply: Describe how you will apply these results and learning in the future.

We learned a lot sitting down and talking with Hailey. We hope you did as well! Take this opportunity to learn from a recruiter’s perspective. 

Of Possible Interest:
Internships; Interviewing; Job Search – all our blog posts on these topics
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Photo sources: Unsplash|Andrej Lisakov; UMD Career & Internship Services

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