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On-Campus Recruiting

Students Prepare for On-Campus Interviews

As part of your search, we encourage you to take advantage of the Center for Student Professional Development's on-campus recruiting activities. The connections you make through campus recruiting yield terrific opportunities to increase your network and directly apply for positions.

The best way to get engaged with these employer connections is to participate in campus recruiting professional development sessions offered at the beginning of the fall and spring recruiting seasons.


Job Postings and On-Campus Interviewing

Most of the professional opportunities posted in DoreWays require you to interview at the employer's place of business, however during the academic year a number of employers conduct interviews on campus at the Center for Student Professional Development. You will need to apply to these positions via DoreWays.

Helpful Resource

The Insiders Guide to On-Campus
  was created to answer
your questions and includes step-by-step
instructions on how to prepare and apply
for an on-campus interview in DoreWays.

To locate on-campus interview postings in DoreWays, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Jobs/Interviews tab then select Vanderbilt Jobs/Internships
  2. From the Job Postings page, click Advanced Search
  3. In the Show Me field select All Interviews and click submit

Additional job and internship opportunities can be found on industry cluster listservs (after you subscribe).

Consult the researching and interviewing sections of this site to begin organizing and preparing for the interview process even before you are selected. To gain a serious competitive edge, take advantage of our tools to learn, refine and practice!

After you are selected for an interview, remember that practice makes perfect. Read our etiquette tips for preparing, presenting and following up in a professional, successful manner.  Additionally, it is important that you review our On-Campus Interviewing Policies. We also encourage you to meet with a career coach before and after your interview. 


Employer Information Sessions

Many employers will hold information sessions (also called "info sessions") prior to their interviews. These employer presentations provide a convenient and comfortable way to network with recruiters and other company representatives. Some employers may require attendance at their presentations if you are interviewing with them. These are often used to establish the first impression, so be sure to dress appropriately in professional attire.

A typical information session will consist of a short overview of the company's recruiting process. Speakers will address general topics such as the corporate culture, benefits packages and other topics that would otherwise take up valuable interview time. Afterwards, you will usually have a chance to talk informally with company representatives. It is not unusual for employer representatives to include Vanderbilt graduates who have recently joined the organization. The most current listing of information sessions can be found under the Events tabs > Information Sessions in DoreWays.


Career Fairs

Spring 2014 Engineering-IT ICDYou can expand your network by attending a career fair where you can meet employers and especially alumni who can help you by providing information and referrals. These events are held during the fall and spring semesters and attract numerous employers who are actively seeking candidates for their open full-time and internship positions. Regardless of your year, major or career direction, career fairs can provide valuable information as you explore fields and seek employment.

Whether you’re interested in one organization or many, full-time positions or internships, career fairs can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your search efforts. Visit the homepage of our site or log in to your DoreWays account to discover more information about current events.