Interview Tips from a Campus Recruiter that will Land You Your First Job

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Certain things, like updating your resume, answering the ubiquitous, “Tell Me about Yourself,” and wondering how long to wait before following up with an employer, are staples of the hiring process. However, when you’re a student and just starting your career, it may not be so clear just how to go about them. Luckily, FindSpark employer TEKsystems is here to demystify the hiring and interview process, so you can come in swinging and land that all-important first job.

We sat down with Lauren Peters, a recruiter at TEKsystems, to find out exactly how you can impress your recruiter, showcase your college experience in the most impressive way possible, and land the job.

Interested in landing an internship or entry-level at TEKsystems? Get their tips to stand out to their awesome team and start a fast-moving career with them right here.

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1. What are your biggest tips for students who are going through their first corporate interviews?

The biggest advice is to know what you want and to be confident. As an interviewer, I often come across students who don’t know the “why” behind what they want to do. As a student, you don’t have to know the exact field or area of where you want to go but you know what kind of environment you want, the culture, the people you want to work with, work-life balance, etc. as a reminder, this is your career.  Lastly, it is crucial to be confident in what you want, nothing looks better than a confident person. 

2. What are some things you look for when you ask a student candidate, “Tell me about yourself”?

One of the main things I look for is a clear and concise answer. Tell me what you’re looking for, what relevant experience you have, and why you want this position. Finally, remember to make it a conversation!

3. What are your tips to follow up after an interview?

Follow up is key! Recruiters and employers can get very busy, so don’t be afraid to get a little aggressive with your follow up. Right after interviewing, make sure that you write a thank you email in 24 hours. After 24 hours, if you haven’t heard back, call the company. If you haven’t heard after that, call again. You will never be annoying or too aggressive if it’s a job you want.

Crush every stage of your interview process

4. What section do you recommend putting leadership and extracurricular activities in on a resume? Especially if they are related to the internship or job they are applying for?

I typically would tell people to split their resume into 3 sections: Education, Experience, and Leadership

  • Education: Make sure you have your University, Major, and graduation date in this section.  List GPA if if you are proud of it.
  • Experience:  This section should have any job, internship experience that you may have. Typically, any experience within the last 4 years works, but anything before that might be irrelevant
  • Leadership: Add your extracurriculars here: your clubs, organizations, leadership positions you have held within those organizations etc.

5. For roles “non-corporate” / non-intern roles like a resident assistant, orientation leader, and work-study programs, how do you recommend talking about those transferable skills in interviews?

When talking about non-corporate roles, I would absolutely talk about what you have learned and the skills that you have gained from those roles. For example: Resident assistant, you are in charge of 40+ students can translate to Management, you lead the floor in different meetings and are seen as the go-to person can translate to Leadership.

6. How do you recommend students decide what to keep on their resume when it comes to things from high school or school-related when applying for intern roles near the end of college?

For a resume, it is most important to keep the most relevant and most recent experience on your resume. If your job from high school can give you that something extra, keep it on. If it’s completely different from what you are going for, take it off.

7. Can you share an example of a student who made a really great impression on you at a recruitment or networking event like Hustle Summit, and what they did to stand out?

The students who have made an impression on me are those who are confident in their skin, those who know what they want, and have a why behind what they have done and what they want to do. Most companies are looking for someone to fit the mold of their culture, be yourself and it will be easy for you.

Crush every stage of your interview process

Still hungry for more tips? Here’s how to crush your next video interview, update your resume so it stands out, and some exclusive, underused follow up hacks!

About the Author

Hi there! I am a senior Marketing major at Oklahoma State University graduating in May 2018. You can find me writing content for FindSpark, drinking a little too much coffee, or snapping pics for my Instagram account @sophia.joan.short!

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