On Campus Recruiting

Traditionally, recruiters from the hospitality industry come to campus in the fall and spring seeking qualified students for internships, management training programs, and other entry-level or learning positions. Interviews are generally scheduled with selected students in advance of the recruiters' visits through an online application process.

Please check Isenberg eRecruiting for scheduled visits.

Richard Fein, director of the Isenberg School of Management's Chase Career Center, offers these words of advice for students looking to connect with recruiters:

Many companies that recruit on campus sponsor information sessions, which are usually held the evening before the company interviews on campus. These sessions are a valuable way to learn more about the company. You will probably meet the person who is going to interview you as well, and that may put you more at ease. Also, if you are not there, your absence is likely to be noted (much to your detriment).

People who attend information sessions have a significantly better chance of having a successful interview. Unfortunately, some students are missing an opportunity to advance their career prospects through information sessions in one or more of four ways:

1. They don't go.
2. They dress in daily student attire rather than business casual.
3. If they ask questions (which they should), the questions are not relevant or well thought out.
4. They don't make a point of engaging the corporate hosts in conversation before and/or after the formal presentation.

People who get actively involved in the information session make a positive impression even before the day of the formal interview

Student Guidelines for Information Sessions 

 

1. If you are interviewing with that company, go! The dress code is usually business casual. You will benefit by learning more about the company. In all likelihood, you will also meet the person who is going to interview you. In most cases, this will make you more at ease on interview day. Besides, if you don't go your absence will be noted.

2. Ask some good questions. These should be questions of the same thoughtful level that you would ask at a job interview. Questions like "How many hours a week do you work?" or "Do you pay for an MBA?" are not really appropriate. Asking how and/or why the company has done certain things or made certain decisions would be more in the realm of what you want to ask.

3. Make a point of speaking with the corporate hosts. You could ask a more senior person about the company's products, plans for the future, etc. If a guest has been with the company for only a year or two, ask what he or she learned in college that's now useful on the job, what he or she has learned since starting at that company, have there been any surprises, what he or she likes best about the company.

If you are interested in a company but have not been invited to an interview you are still permitted to go to the information session. If you become actively engaged by asking good questions and speaking with the corporate hosts, you may be invited to sign up for an interview. Here is what you do: Go. Ask good questions. At the end of the presentation, say to the corporate host, "I know that you have many good people to interview on your schedule tomorrow. I am very interested in your company. Is there perhaps an open spot on your schedule? If not, could I arrange for an interview in your offices?"