When Employers Come to VisitBy
Last week, Chris Piedmont and I had the pleasure of attending the Columbia University Industry Showcase: AMP Panel and Networking event, where I sat on a panel with representatives from Mars, PepsiCo and more. I absolutely love being able to meet with students on their home turf. Think about it, we always have home court advantage. Asking students to take time out of their class and scheduling site visits our offices or to come interview. This is their time to shine in their comfort zone and Columbia did not disappoint.
This got me thinking, what advice can I give students around employers visiting their school? It’s probably best to avoid the “she doesn’t even go here” approach and take advantage of the opportunity!
1) Ask thoughtful questions. The students who make the best impressions ask questions that challenge us. Questions that go beyond “can you tell me about the internship?” or “can you tell me more about Peppercomm?” Certainly, ask those introductory questions, but this is your opportunity to showcase your curiosity about the industry, how your experience can translate in a relevant manner, etc.
2) While you want one-on-one face time, don’t be afraid to jump in on a group conversation. We are often answering the same question 10 times in a row and much appreciate everyone crowding around for a group conversation to avoid having to repeat ourselves over and over again.
3) Follow up. Try to keep in mind that we meet a lot of people at these events, so the follow up is important. In your follow up, referencing a part of the conversation that we had is always a nice touch.
Bottom line is, if we are making a school visit, we are on a mission to seek out qualified candidates. When we don our away jerseys, show us we made the right decision by choosing your school.
This post was written by Co-Intern Coordinator, Samantha Bruno