The morning of September 8 marked the day of this year’s Meet the Big Four event at the Stamp Student Union Hoff Theatre. This event, organized by the Office of Career Services (OCS), brought together graduate students from all majors and provided them with the opportunity to listen to and question a panel of recruiters from Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young (EY), and KPMG. The four panel members provided valuable insights on their respective firms’ recruiting process. Below are some of the “Do’s & Don’ts of Recruiting.”
- Apply for 1-2 positions (KPMG/EY only 1) that you truly want.
- Apply on BOTH HireSmith AND the firm’s website.
- Be involved with organizations and clubs on campus and in the community.
- Develop your “soft” skills (communication, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.)
- Briefly allow yourself a moment to answer a tough interview question.
- Reapply despite not being selected during the previous recruiting season.
- Engage recruiters with e-mails to set up time to meet or take advantage of on-campus recruiting events.
- Do your research prior to asking recruiters a question.
- Be natural and courteous to fellow students waiting in line to meet a recruiter.
- Use your international experiences as an advantage.
- Don’t apply for many positions.
- Don’t apply on ONLY HireSmith or ONLY the firm’s website.
- Don’t feel the need to write a cover letter when first applying.
- Don’t focus ONLY on your GPA.
- Don’t rush your interview answers.
- Don’t ask a recruiter about something easily found online.
- Don’t ask questions that were previously asked.
- Don’t send an e-mail to the wrong recruiter.
“Soft skills” was a reoccurring theme during the event and the panelists stressed the need for well-rounded employees. It goes without saying that academic competence is expected of potential prospects. Recruiters are looking for more than attending class and passing exams. Firms desire critical thinkers, reliable teammates, leadership qualities, and communication skills.
The time to practice and develop these traits are during recruiting events, club social activities, and volunteer opportunities. OCS and R.H. Smith will continue to provide these activities throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you during future events!