Employers often come to Barnard's campus to promote their company to our students. These general information sessions offer more information than you will gain from just researching a company website such as insight into the company culture. These sessions are a great way for you to network with employees (possibly alumni), personalize your connection with the employer, and gauge your interest in the company. Business attire is recommended for these events. A student, who makes a great impression and may not be typically considered through the traditional online application, may get a chance at an interview. Oftentimes these companies will have a position posted in Barnard NACElink and recruiting sessions are open to everyone! Information sessions can be viewed on the Barnard NACElink in the events calendar.
While you are attending these sessions to learn about the companies and industries, some general research in advance will serve you well. You will want to know about the industry and the company so that you can:
The most important thing to prepare is your self introduction. To avoid being tongue-tied when you try to start a conversation with someone you don't know, prepare a self-introduction, or your pitch. This should be clear, interesting, and well delivered. What you say about yourself will depend on the nature of the event, but in any case, it shouldn't take longer than 8-10 seconds. Although practicing your introduction might at first seem silly, it will eventually help you make an introduction that sounds natural, confident, and smooth.
In addtion, you may want to consider bringing these materials with you:
Not nearly enough students take advantage of these recruiting sessions despite the tremendous benefits they offer. Students are benefited by:
Within 24 hours, send an email or note thanking the employers for coming to campus. You can use this thank you as a means to ask an additional question or even ask about recruiting times.
We recommend that you make every effort to attend these sessions!