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Recruiter Advice: How to Stand Out in the Crowd

My money says that you want a job, perhaps not this semester, but eventually. The problem is that all of your peers reading this also want a job, possibly even the same job you want. There is a lot of competition in the job search. Many of your resumes are practically identical to each other. Same first year project, same list of technology, a similar list of organizations, and a quick print of a degree audit shows that your classes and GPA are also neck and neck. So how do you stand out?  Show them what’s not on the resume. Show them you. Show them that you are professional and prepared.  

It seems like common knowledge, but many recruiters report that students aren’t prepared and/or lack common professional behavior. You can’t add classes or gain industry experience a week before a job interview, but there are things that you … 

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Use the Career Fair + app to streamline your EXPO experience!

Today's ECS Job Blog is written by Career Fair + app Co-Founder, Hussain Frosh. 

Career fairs can be a very intimidating event for the uninitiated; thousands of students trying to impress hundreds of employers in order to secure a coveted follow-up interview, all within five intense hours.  Nonetheless, for recruiters, career fairs are one of the best ways to meet and select future internship, co-op, and full-time candidates, which means they are an essential part of your on-campus recruiting process.  

To succeed in such a pressure filled environment, you need to be confident and knowledgeable, which takes preparation.  Setting aside time for this can be difficult, especially when you have a full class load.  Enter OSU Career Fair +, a mobile application introduced by ECS to help simplify the process of preparing for a career fair.  The app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be … 

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Employer on-campus interviewing feedback

As generally the last person to talk to recruiters after they finish a day of on-campus recruiting at ECS, I hear a lot of feedback about our students. Most of it is positive; I often have recruiters tell me how refreshing it is to interview so many great candidates in one day. However, I also hear about it when students don’t exactly meet their expectations. Here are a few of the most common recruiter complaints—and what to do to avoid these mistakes!

  • Wear proper interview attire!

I cannot stress this enough! First impressions are absolutely critical. If not explicitly stated by the interviewer in advance, formal interview attire is expected every time. I’ve had recruiters tell me that a candidate had great credentials but that the casual dress made them reconsider. Formal interview attire may seem a hassle when you are also have class and other activities on the same … 

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Don't be discouraged, technical interviewers expect you to fail

Today's blog post is written by Ohio State alum, Nathan Stuller, who has a degree in Computer & Information Science. He's currently a programming consultant living in Cincinnati who primarily focuses on Microsoft technology. He has over nine years of experience developing, designing, and supporting enterprise software systems has come from a variety of roles, including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Charter Communications as well as software start-ups. Nathan will be providing tips on how to keep your cool during a technical interview...

Do not strive to “ace” a technical interview. To try to do so would be flawed thinking because:

 


  • Trying to be perfect is stressful

  • It is not necessary to get the job

  • The interviewer is trying to stump you


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Consider this, interviewers challenge many candidates and have a great deal of experience evaluating responses. They are trained to increase … 

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Recruiters' feedback on OSU engineering students' interviewing skills

When recruiters come on campus to interview, we ask them to give us feedback on individual candidates and on our students in general. We then email students with individual feedback. I wanted to share some general comments with you.

We ask, “How can our students improve their interview skills?”

Answers from our employers:


  • Prepare for behavioral questions that are in the ECS Student Handbook.

  • Fairly pleased with the interviewing skills.

  • Practice!

  • Research the companies you are interviewing with and develop a career path.

  • Their skills are very good compared to what I’ve experienced.

  • Try not to use the same example for the multitude of questions asked.

  • Be more excited, get involved, and improve resumes!

  • Have solid, prepared questions.

  • Bring materials with you – resumes, examples of work, etc…

  • Familiarity with STAR interviewing. Be able to describe your individual role in a project (not just “we”).

  • Make answers more relevant to … 
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