As one of Canada’s leading banks, RBC is constantly on the hunt for talented business minds to fill its ranks with people capable of taking the company forward.
Todd Shewfelt, regional vice president, Commercial Financial Services at RBC, says his firm considers hiring from UBC Sauder’s MBA internship program an efficient, cost-effective and successful way of bringing on board potential future leaders.
“We look at it like a three-month job interview,” he says about the firm’s approach to hiring from the school.
He explains that MBA students studying at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School often possess the sharp finance skills they need to make an impact at the bank. But he also notes that the program allows his team to try students who are not an immediate fit from a finance perspective, but who appear to have the leadership and communications skills needed to be high performing team members.
“We’ve often taken the opportunity to hire someone that may not make immediate sense on paper with the understanding that their soft skills can really make a difference. It gives us a chance to take that risk, and it often pays off.”