Mondays are the most dreaded day of the week, so if you missed Monday’s Networking 101 session with Oracle, I’ve got you covered! Here are five key takeaways from the presentation by Oracle recruiter Roxy Wolfe:
Recruiters Are Competing For You Too
Recruiting is nerve-racking. After all, you’re competing with thousands of other students from UT. However, it can be helpful to keep in mind that recruiters are also competing with hundreds of other companies for you. It’s a helpful reversal of mindsight–sometimes you just need to look at the glass half full. Remember, you will be spending a lot of time at this company, so choose wisely!
Stalking Is Good
An interview is like a first date, so do your homework beforehand. LinkedIn is a good source for more personal information about the interviewer, and don’t be afraid to make it clear you’ve done your research (of course, keep in mind how you phrase it so you don’t sound creepy!) Asking personal questions can help you establish a memorable connection with your interviewer and turn the interview around. After all, people love talking about themselves. For more general questions about the company, use Glassdoor. However, take the comments on this site with a grain of salt–it’s like Rate My Professor; you only take the time to post if you’re mad.
You Can Ask Companies For Help
I’ve always thought this was frowned upon, but it can actually be beneficial to ask towards the end of an interview for tips going forward. This can give you an opportunity to either plead your case or improve for future interviews. However, before you even go into the interview, ask your recruiter for tips! They can provide you with insight on what the interviewer is looking for or other general tips to help you get the job.
Don’t Forget Your Purpose
Apparently, the most obvious yet most important thing people forget to mention during interviews is that they really want the job. Always tell the interviewer how much the job means to you!
Stay focused, Start Early
Hundreds of companies come to UT to recruit, and there’s no way you’re going to get to all of them. Roxy recommends starting with about 20 companies your freshman year and narrowing it down to about 4 companies you’re really interested in working for by your senior year. However, the most important thing is to get noticed by these recruiters early. This means going to every event, every semester for a certain company and saying hi at every opportunity, starting freshman year!
This was my first time hearing about the recruiting process from a recruiter’s point of view, and they certainly set the record straight. I’ve learned that things I thought were taboo are actually encouraged. Hopefully, these insights can help you with the recruiting process as well!
By: Jennifer Lin