Employers have taken up residence at Career Services!

More than 300 students meet with recruiters to get job search advice and the "inside scoop" on industries and careers

Career Services recently re-established their “Employer-in-Residence” program as a way to facilitate conversations between students and recruiters — outside of the formal recruiting process. The goal of the program is to bring employers to campus for individual meetings with students who are exploring career options in their industry or within their organization. However, these meetings are not interviews — they are a way for students to glean advice and information from recruiters to help in their future career decision-making.  Another important objective of the program is for students build or expand their network of employer contacts. Grace Williamson, associate director of employer relations and recruiting, coordinates the program, “The employer relations team at Princeton University Career Services is committed to maintaining strong relationships with employers and to facilitating their connection to our students and alumni. We are always looking for innovative ways to bring students and employers together.”

Recruiter Corey Callahan of Palantir Technologies and Kyle Dhillon '16Students were encouraged to apply for the program via targeted email promotion and advertisements on the new Career Services website last month (registration is now closed for the program). More than 300 students signed up for individual meetings with employers of their choice via TigerTracks, Career Services’ online career management and recruiting system. Appointments were scheduled in the recruiting suite between December 2 and December 5. “This first week of the re-launched program has been incredibly busy and rewarding,” says Williamson. “Employers have been advising students regarding their job search strategy, providing resume critiques, and/or mock interview practice sessions.”

There were two appointment options, designed to accommodate students at various stages of their career search. Option one was “career exploration” for students interested in learning more about career paths and occupations by industry as a means to inform their future decisions. The second option was “interview preparation” featuring mock interviews and feedback from recruiters that will be helpful as students move through the interview and recruiting process.

Williamson says, “The Employer-in-Residence program is a win-win for students and recruiters. Students get one-on-one time with a recruiter and the opportunity to ask questions and learn as a much as possible about the recruiting practices of the industry or organization. Recruiters are happy to meet students as a means to prepare them with industry-specific information that will help them make the best impression possible in the future.” Robert Warmkessel, campus recruiter, federal consulting, for Deloitte Consulting LLP, said, “Deloitte’s participation in the Princeton Employer in Residence program stems from our interest in engaging with top-notch students early in their college careers.  We value our strong relationship with Princeton Career Services and were happy to play a part in the success of this event.”

More than 20 employers registered to participate in the program, including Alliance Bernstein, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Boston Consulting Group, Central Intelligence Agency, Comcast, Deloitte, Evyavan Advisory Services, Exeter Group, Google, ITG, Jane Street, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman, Palantir, Project 55, Rockefeller University, Rosetta, UBS, United Way, and Wells Fargo. Williamson said that future plans include expansion of the program across all industries. Employers had the opportunity to meet and speak with so many students — students who they hope may someday apply for positions within their organizations. Corey Callahan, recruiter with Palantir Technologies commented, "We have really enjoyed a successful Employer-in-Residence program and I can't wait to see the students' applications come through."

Recruiter Jennifer Minuchi of Rosetta and Helen Wang '15Student buzz on campus about the program has been very positive — “Students arriving for their scheduled appointments have already coined the acronym EIR, for the program,” says Williamson.  Irvin Zhan, a sophomore who participated in the program said, “I met with representatives from Google, Palantir and Jane Street, and most of my meetings were divided into learning more about the industry and technical questions. I never felt pressured during any of my meetings — all of the interviewers were approachable and encouraging, and I was able to openly ask questions (even those that might have felt silly).” Zhan added, “the mock interview portion of the meeting prepared me well for future technical interviews. My interviewers offered ways to orient myself to think about these questions and helped me think aloud to solve the toughest interview questions.” He said he hopes to participate again the next time the program is offered.

Junior student Harold Li also took advantage of the opportunity to sharpen his interview skills by experiencing "what an actual interview with a professional firm would be like." He added, "My interviewer gave me very helpful feedback and I would recommend this program to any of my peers."

Guillaume Delepine, also a junior, echoed the fact that the employers made students feel comfortable asking questions. He summed up the experience, “It was like having a friend in the company. The job market seems much more personal now that I’ve had these face-to-face conversations.”

The program will be offered again in the spring semester.

By, Eva Kubu

12-05-2013