Career Fair Advice From the Other Side of the Table: What a Fortune 500 Company Looks For
Advice You Can Use at Your Next Career Fair
Recruiting season is in full swing!
We caught up with one recruiter from a Fortune 500 company who was on campus at the University of Michigan last week. This company is a major player in the energy space and is frequently on campus recruiting for talented undergraduate students to join their general sales and marketing internship program. We only had a minute but grabbed some quick advice from this recent MBA grad turned recruiter so you can blow employers away at your next career fair or recruiting session!
What impressed you most about the students you met with?
I was extremely impressed with how much students had already accomplished. From having performed deep, substantive work for both large companies and startups, to volunteering for social impact organizations, to a wide variety eye-opening international travel experiences, the breadth of their experiences was phenomenal.
One student came in with an example of a pitch deck that he put together for a student investing club that he’s involved in. This impressed us, both because it showed his initiative and intellectual curiosity to get involved in real work outside the classroom, and because it enabled him to better illustrate the type of analysis that he’s capable of.
What were you surprised that students didn’t know?
Many of the students we talked with struggled to place their experiences in context and explain how the arc of their experiences has led them to be interested in this specific opportunity with our company. Some also struggled to convey what they perceive to be their weaknesses in an open, honest way.
What do you look for to move an applicant forward?
In a nutshell, we look for how their experience has led them to be a great fit for this opportunity, and how well they’re able to convey that.
Now that you’re recruiting, what do you wish you had known when you were on the other side of the table?
It’s not always about having an extremely intricate knowledge of the company or any one specific interview answer. It’s more about a high level narrative that matches your experiences with this particular opportunity, and your overall ability to communicate your thoughts effectively that matters.
One more tip from us? Taking time to reflect on your experiences, and writing them down (or capturing them on Seelio!) can help you better tell your story to recruiters.
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