Post-Career Fair Q&A With Allie Stalter

IGS Career Fair Convo

Being a new hire in The Schey can seem overwhelming at first, but thankfully our program is built upon students, faculty and alumni who all help each other grow professionally. After our Partner Career Fair a few weeks ago, many of our new hires had questions regarding interacting with partners. Last week we opened the floor for Allie Stalter, our Corporate Relationship Manager, to answer a few questions from our Fall 2014 New Hires.

If I’m not interested in a company and they want me to interview with them, what should I do?

  • Gain the educational experience, but also be respectful of the company’s time. If you really don’t want to be a part of their company, you need to tell them you appreciate the time they have spent with you, but you want to move down a different path for reasons X, Y and Z. Try doing this on the phone in conversation first. If they don’t answer, leave a voicemail for them to return your call. After taking these steps, if you still have no response, then you can try emailing them.
  • If you are undecided about doing the interview, just go for it. You may fall in love with the company without even expecting to. It will be worth your time if you find that the company’s vision was different than you initially thought. Remember the cost benefit of what you’re doing. Go with your gut; there isn’t really a right answer, you just have to do what you think is right.

When you email a potential employer and they tell you to contact them for future employment, when do I actually contact them?

  • Big events are the perfect time to contact an interested potential employer. Big events can include the semester completion or an update, outstanding performance in a sales competition, etc. You can also make a connection by asking: “When will you be on campus next? Let’s set a time to go to lunch/coffee.” If you aren’t being actively recruited by this company, however, they don’t want to be hearing from you once a month.

I realized I made a ridiculous spelling error in my email right after I pressed send! What do I do?

  • We are more abusive to ourselves than anyone else. The recruiter probably didn’t even notice it, so don’t worry about it! Don’t point the mistake out, but if they say something about it, just make a nice comment and don’t dwell on it. If you don’t hear back from them, be persistent and always follow-up. Take the original email, forward it, delete the “Fwd”, and continue the conversation with them. They may have thought they responded when they actually didn’t. We all make mistakes.

I have an interview at a company, is it appropriate to ask when I should hear back about the results?

  • Part of asking for the job means: “I really want the job for reasons X, Y & Z, what are the next steps and when will I hear back from you?” This is normal for any professional interview, it is part of closing for the job!

Fun Interview Question:

When did you have a significant failure based on an outcome you wanted, and how did you learn from it?

  • When you are answering a question about failure, you have to recognize that you failed and then talk about how you corrected it. Don’t tell an unnecessary or irrelevant story. Understand your failure and relate it to how it made you better.
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