Interviewing at Enterprise Rent-A-Car / Holdings

Enterprise Holdings Rent-A-Car LogoIf you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a college student who is looking for their first post-college employment. After spending five years at college, I too was once looking for my first “real job.”

This blog reviews my personal experience interviewing at Enterprise Rent-A-Car / Holdings. If you’re looking for in-depth information on how to land a job at Enterprise, keep looking. This is more of a tongue-in-check retrospective from a thirty-something marketing professional and resume writer.

To start off, Enterprise Rent-A-Car does a great job of recruiting college students, and giving them a head-start on the road to gainful employment and a stable life. Sure, there are the snide remarks that go along with becoming a manager in training (or whatever they’re calling it nowadays), but work is work, and those Google internships are tough to come by for most West Chester University students.

West Chester University LogoAs a senior at WCU, I found myself thinking “I need to get an internship.” That thought led me to look at Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a possible place for summer employment. The goal was to get experience and maybe learn a bit about cars. Ironically, at the time I was even considering working there, I wasn’t old enough to even rent a car, so it seemed like a peculiar place to work.

If I recall correctly, we scheduled a time to meet with some poor HR rep from Enterprise Holdings at the Twardowski Career Development Center. In retrospect, interviewing for an internship at Enterprise was more like a cattle call than a genuine interview process. I can say that I have a great deal of sympathy for any person who has to sit through dozens of interviews with college students as they haven’t yet perfected the social grace of interviewing for a new job.

Being the type of person who likes to take care of things early in the morning, I decided to schedule the interview at around 7am. This proved to be a terrible idea because at the time, I had very little experience interviewing for jobs, and my nerves prevented me from getting a reasonable amount of sleep. These days, I’m more like a slightly less-jaded version of Louis CK, but in 2003, I was pretty high strung.

With a terrible suit, a shoddy resume, and bloodshot eyes (no drugs involved mind you), I ventured down to the career center after parking at the Student Union.

I don’t recall how long I waited to begin the interview, but I do remember that the 200 yard walk from my car to the Career Development Center lasted longer than it. Aside from being the polar opposite of ideal Enterprise candidates (Greek / involved in sports etc.), my shaky nerves, bloodshot eyes, and physical exhaustion had to have been quite the site to behold. There was a tone of contempt from the nice lady, whom interviewed me, that led to many great conversations.

Suffice to say, I didn’t get called back for a second interview. Further, I’m fairly sure that there’s a note next to my name in a database that says something along the lines of “was intoxicated during interview” or something to that effect.

My only advice to those who are considering working for Enterprise is to get sleep before your interview. If you are unable to get a reasonable amount, it will negatively impact your performance; there’s nothing wrong with calling in prior to the interview and explaining that you’re not physically able to do it. I’m sure Enterprise would rather reschedule an interview rather than interview somebody who is, for lack of a better word, a wreck.

Do you want to learn more about my experiences with Enterprise Holdings? Drop me a line by email at [email protected]. You can also follow us on Twitter by using the @interviewmetoo handle.

p.s. Thanks to Enterprise Rent-A-Car for offering me the chance to rent a beautiful Volvo S60 back in October after they ran out of the economy cars. I loved it so much that I now want to buy one!

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