Each year, organizations from multiple industries seeking students for summer internships and full-time entry level positions after graduation participate in the Center for Career Development recruiting program. For fall 2021, all recruiting activities – information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, interviews and more – will be virtual.
Top Five Tips to Prepare for Virtual Fall Recruiting
- 1. Learn about the Campus Recruiting Program
The Campus Recruiting Program gives students the opportunity to attend information sessions, coffee chats, educational workshops facilitated by employers and interviews for internships and full-time positions.
- Review the recruiting calendar. Full-time and internship positions associated with on-campus recruiting will be visible through Handshake August 16. The largest recruiting event of the year is the Fall HireTigers Career Fair, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 17.
- Details about information sessions can be found on Handshake. Additional sessions will be added throughout the summer and fall as more dates are confirmed. Take note of which sessions interest you and research each organization, including their mission, priorities, social responsibility, diversity initiatives, etc.
- Sign up for the HireTigers Virtual Career Fair in Handshake.
- Our Community Standards will help you navigate decisions and challenges that may arise during the recruiting process, including canceling interviews, evaluating jobs/internship offers, offer policies and special policies for students studying abroad or on a leave of absence. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
- Learn the answers to common recruiting questions.
- Don't see anything that interests you? Career advisers can help you find other opportunities at organizations that do not participate in the campus recruiting program.
- 2. Get your resume ready
Be prepared by updating your resume before the fall semester begins.
- Are you currently interning, volunteering, studying abroad or working on a research project? Add your new experience to your resume.
- Schedule an appointment with a career adviser to review your resume and develop a plan. During the summer, you can meet with an adviser by Zoom or phone. We can help you highlight your skills/experiences and think through how to tailor your resume.
- Need some inspiration? Check out our resume and cover letter guides.
- 3. Explore industries and organizations that interest you
Wonder what kinds of jobs or internships are out there? Use these resources to do a bit of research.
- Browse Career Compass to learn about different career fields
- Visit Vault to get an insider’s perspective on what’s happening in various industries, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. You will have access to career guides in accounting, advertising/marketing, banking & finance, consulting, energy, hospitality, insurance, IT & engineering, investment management, law, media & entertainment, nonprofit, pharma & healthcare, real estate and more.
- TigerNet and the Princeton LinkedIn page will help you connect with Princeton alumni over coffee or over the phone to gain more first-hand insight on their jobs and career paths.
- Need informational interview tips? Read our networking guide for advice.
- 4. Familiarize yourself with industry-specific interview processes
Interview timelines and questions vary from industry and organization.
For all industries:
- Explore the Career Fields section of Career Compass
- Read our interview guide.
- Review Vault industry guides and the interview preparation questions.
- Attend employer-sponsored interview preparation sessions during the fall.
- Schedule an appointment with an adviser for a mock behavioral/fit interview.
- For banking and finance, practice using these sample technical and quantitative questions.
- For tech roles, use this resource to learn how to prepare for technical interviews.
- For roles in education, practice these interview questions.
- Create a free account on Glassdoor to see sample interview questions for employers that interest you across industries
- 5. Create an action plan
A little preparation can go a long way.
- Write down a plan including when you’ll meet with a career adviser, which alumni you would like to contact for informational interviews, the list of information sessions you want to attend and possible positions that interest you.
- Keep an eye out for Center for Career Development events in the beginning of the semester which can help you get ready.
- Schedule an appointment with a career adviser to get started putting your plan together.