by Rebecca Teichmann
Remember those mock interviews you had to do as a Junior or Senior for BUSI 110? You had to come to campus, dressed in a suit, and meet with a business professional who asked you questions and rated your responses? Whether or not you loved your mock interview experience, Rheana’s story will make you re-think the value of the mock interview experience.
Rheana came to her mock interview prepared to discuss her goals as a business major with a marketing concentration. She met with a representative from Frito Lay, and followed up afterward. To her surprise, Frito Lay was hiring 7 interns in the entire state of California, and they invited Rheana to apply. After applying and interviewing, Rheana was accepted as a sales intern in Frito Lay’s Future Leader program for the 2013 summer.
Rheana capitalized on her mock interview experience to secure her internship.
For the first two weeks, Rheana job shadowed “pretty much everyone in the facility,” including regional sales reps who also make deliveries to gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes and procedures that go into Frito Lay products. Product placement can mean the difference between mediocre sales and an increase in sales volume, and eventually Rheana became responsible for giving seasoned Frito Lay representatives recommendations to improve their sales. She very much enjoyed how appreciative company reps were to have her advice, considering many of them had been with the company 30+ years, and she was still a college student.
The internship involved travel within California, as well as to Dallas, which was exciting. But one of the most exciting activities was a white water rafting trip with the other six California interns. The experience was an opportunity to bond, and as a result, the cohort of interns remains extremely close. It’s amazing what a few death-defying hours, up close and personal in a raft can do for a group of strangers!
Spoiler Alert: Frito Lay extended Rheana a job offer to join the company full-time after graduation, and she said YES!