It's on-campus interview season...are you ready?
September 19, 2013
On-campus interviewing is one of the best ways to land an engineering job. Employers are coming here to hire Ohio State students, so take advantage of it! Preparation for these types of interviews is important, so to help, here are a few things you’ll want to be sure to do:
1.Apply to on-campus recruiting opportunities. In order to land an interview, you have to apply to the job. Keep an eye out in CareerEngine for on-campus interviewing opportunities. There are a few ways you can identify these positions. In your “Jobs” tab, the positions with a job type marked as “preselect” means that the employer is coming on-campus to recruit. The position title will be followed by the two-letter abbreviation for the semester and the year. For example: (AU13). Once you click into the job, you’ll again be notified that it is an on-campus interview opportunity, and you will see all of the applicable deadlines.
2.Pay attention to the deadlines. Deadlines are hugely important when applying for an on-campus interviewing. Once the resume submission period is over, you will not be able to be considered for an interview. Submission periods are typically 10 days, but could be shorter or longer depending on the needs of the employer.
3.Sign up ASAP for your interview slot. Once the interviewer makes their interviewee selections, you’ll be automatically notified via email if you’ve been invited. Pay close attention to the deadline for scheduling your interview. Some employers select an “alternate” group of students who can step in and take a slot after a certain period of time. Please remember that you are never guaranteed an interview.
4.Allot enough time to arrive to the ECS office for the interview. Know how long it will take you to arrive at the ECS office. You don’t want to be sprinting across the Oval in a suit and arrive sweaty and out of breath. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early; this provides a cushion in case something unexpected happens.
5.Remember to get the interviewer’s contact information. After an interview, follow up with a thank you email to the employer. Doing so requires that you remember to get their contact information. ECS posts contact info for the employer on their schedule that is hanging up in the lobby, so remember to write it down or take a snapshot of it before you leave. We might not always be able to locate the information for you at a later date.
6.Connect with the greeter in the lobby. Some companies bring a greeter to “warm up” the students before their interview. Be sure to make a good impression! Often times their opinions factor into a hiring decision. Also, be aware of your topics of conversation amongst other students so the greeter doesn’t overhear anything inappropriate.
Keep these things in mind, and you’ll be on your way to a successful on-campus recruiting experience!
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