We recently posted an article encouraging upcoming grads to attend their schools career fair. After many views, we decided to write a follow up on how to take the next step: apply for an on campus interview!
We’ve said it before but practice makes perfect, and there’s no better training than interviewing right on your campus. Think of it like this – you don’t even have to go out of your way since you will likely already be on campus for class. Plus, these interviews are usually more informational and concise, hence less time and less scary. Win, win!
The reason the statement above rings so true is that the more interviews you do, the more confident you become. Practicing your “tell me about yourself” and answering other basic interview questions will help you fine tune exactly what you want to say. Again, these interviews are usually shorter, typically ranging from 15 minutes to 60 minutes max.
Prepare for this interview as you would any other. It doesn’t have to be extensive, but set aside some time to do some research on the company so you’re ready to explain why you would be a good fit for the organization. In your preparation, it’s important to write out some good business questions. Not only will this make you look more prepared and showcase your interest in the company, but answers to these questions will help you decide if the organization is worth pursuing.
When the big day arrives, you will want to come dressed in your business attire and bring a few copies of your resume. The interviewer(s) will want a copy and it’s comforting to keep a copy in front of you as well in case you want to refer to it (however: be mindful of eye contact). From the minute the interviewer greets you, it’s go time: be sure to smile, give a firm handshake, and start building the connection/relationship.
This brings us to the most important reason we believe doing on campus interviews can give you an advantage. If you succeed in impressing the interviewer, they will become your biggest advocate. They will look forward to your next interview, spread the word to the team that they liked you, and will be rooting for you along the way. Now consider the alternative. The candidate who did not accept the on campus interview and instead comes directly into the office will not have the established relationship that you do. You’ll have one leg up! This brief initial interview could end up leading to a career. We speak from experience as we’ve seen it happen for countless individuals here at Insight Global.
However, don’t be discouraged if this is not the outcome of your on campus interview. There are still a hundred other reasons this time wasn’t wasted. You will be better prepared for your next interview. You opened your eyes to what’s out there. You learned what you want to work on. You get the point here. So before you graduate, don’t miss out on this beneficial opportunity. This is your time to cast a wide net and consider all your options. Visit your college job board or talk with your career center, and submit your resume to any companies you find interesting. If you’re invited to interview on campus, gladly accept and see where it takes you!
Insight Global will be conducting on campus interviews at many universities throughout the U.S. and Canada this spring. To view our full campus recruiting schedule and apply to interview with us, visit http://ow.ly/W5oh308McR5.