Preparing & Tips


Understanding the big picture

Browse our Recruiting 101 module to understand what campus recruiting is and what you need to know to be successful.   

Make an action plan

Review the Top Five Tips to Prepare for Virtual Recruiting to begin to build your plan.

Research employers

  • Use online resources like Vault Career Guides to learn more about industries, organizations and positions.
  • Attend employer information sessions on campus to make connections and hear directly from representatives.
  • Each organization that recruits on campus has a Handshake profile. If you search their name in the system, you will find a description, website links and more.
  • Search and follow organizations on social media platforms.

Practice interviewing

Tips for interview day

Avoid back-to-back interviews

Interviews often run behind, which means you may get out of your first interview later than expected and have even less time to get to the next.

Come prepared

Always arrive a few minutes early. Bring an extra copy of your resume and cover letter as well as a portfolio with notepaper and a pen. Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer and be sure to find out when you can expect to hear back with news about your interview.

Follow up with a thank you

Ask your interviewer for a business card and follow up with a brief thank you. An email is acceptable if you have been corresponding via email previously, or if second interviews are coming up soon.