It’s that time of year again – and we’re not just talking about back to school. Like college football, the season for on-campus recruiting is in full swing. Whether you already have on-campus interviews lined up, or you’re planning to score a few, use the following tips to prepare.
Know the basics
A fatal error many students make is taking an on-campus interviews less seriously than an off-campus interviews. Both are equally important and should be treated with the same preparation. The fundamentals of any interview translate directly to ones conducted on campus. Basics such as knowing your resume, knowing the industry and researching the company beforehand will always be crucial for your success.
If you’re nervous and don’t feel comfortable with your interviewing skills, make an appointment at Career Services. A counselor can do a mock-interview with you and give you feedback on how to improve.
Keep track of your schedule
One of the trickier aspects of on-campus interviews is scheduling. As a student, you’ll have to work around your existing course schedule as well as any extracurriculars you have planned. Notify your professors about any upcoming interviews in case you end up running late. Since hiring managers are most likely conducting back to back interviews, interviews can go longer than their allotted time frame.
If you have multiple interviews in one day, avoid scheduling your interviews too close together. Even if you can squeeze them all in between classes, you’ll want time to fully prepare before each one. When it comes down to it, prioritizing the ones you really want is better than having too many back to back.
Just like any other interview, follow up afterwards with a thank you note. Ask for a business card at the end of your interview so you have their contact information if you don’t already. A brief but courteous email thanking the interviewer for his or her time is a good habit to develop during your job search, no matter where you are in your career.
For a more personal touch you can also handwrite your thank you note, and either give it to the receptionist to pass along or to the interviewer before he or she leaves campus. This is a simple way to distinguish yourself from other students applying for the same position.
Between the stress of exams, papers and studying, college can be exhausting. Throw in a job search and your on-campus interviews can be overwhelming. But if taken seriously and well-prepared for, they can be the key to landing a job at your dream company after graduation.