How to Participate

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To make sure you get the most out of our recruiting events, it’s important to plan ahead. Be sure to review carefully our expectations for students, and talk with a career advisor on your campus about how to prepare most effectively. Then…

Do your homework

Once the application period opens for an event, you’ll be able to log in to SLAC’s online recruiting database to see what positions are being offered by which employers. Research the opportunities and the employers through the SLAC website, the employer website, and any other information you can access on the Internet. Alumni and personal contacts may also be able to provide you with detailed information about the employers. Visit your career office to learn more about how to contact alumni.

To log in to the database:

  • Click the Student Login link on the left-hand menu of this site (or go directly to
  • Enter your username. This will be your college email address plus “_slac” (for example,  ima.student@oberlin.edu_slac).
  • Enter the password: recruiting
  • Press the Login button.
  • It is strongly recommended that you change your password after logging in for the first time.

To search for employers and jobs on the database:

  • From the top menu bar, click “Jobs & Internships,” then select “Job and Internship Search” from the drop-down menu that appears. The Job Search screen displays.
  • Select the appropriate search option from either the list of 1-Click Searches, or from the Recruiting Event list. The Search Results page lists the jobs and employers that match the selected search criteria.
  • Click on the job description to view a detailed description.

Note: Employers will continue to be added throughout the application period, so keep checking back.

Prepare and Submit Application Materials

Some Recruiting Day employers receive over 50 applications for just a few interview spots, so it’s very important that you take the time to prepare error-free, personalized materials for each position for which you are applying. Again, we strongly recommend that you seek the advice and assistance of your school’s career office to make sure your application materials are the best they can be.

To apply for any position, you will first upload your materials to the database, and then submit the appropriate documents for each position to which you are applying.

To upload your materials:

  • Click on the “Documents” menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • In the “Upload Documents” box on the right side of the screen, select the type of document you wish to upload.
  • You will be taken to a screen that allows you to browse the hard drive of your computer to find the right document. Select your document. Click the “Upload” button.

To apply for an interview:

  • After you’ve uploaded your materials, use one of the search functions to find the position for which you’d like to apply.
  • On the job description page, scroll down to the bottom, then click the Apply button.
  • In the Resume box, select the resume you’d like to send to this employer
  • In the Cover Letter box, select the cover letter you’d like to include.
  • In the Additional Documents box, select any additional documents you’d like to include.
  • When you’re ready, click the Submit button to apply.


Please review the Student Timeline and carefully note all relevant deadlines for each Recruiting Event in which you are participating. NO APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE!

The Selection Process

After the application period closes, employers will review all students’ application materials and make decisions regarding which students they wish to interview and which they’d like as alternates. Students who are selected for interviews or as alternates will be notified by email. Students log in to the SLAC database to sign up for interview times; if any spaces remain, alternates may then sign up as well.

Note: If you are invited to four or more interviews, your career office will contact you in advance to facilitate scheduling.

Orientation and Preparation

For all selected students, there will be a meeting on your campus to go over the specifics of the event(s). The date, time and location will be determined by your college’s career office.

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to schedule a practice interview with your career office.

Recruiting Day Information

Please review the Expectations for Students for information about preparing and traveling to each event. If you have any questions, or if an issue arises on the day of an event, please do NOT attempt to contact an employer directly. The Consortium’s central office or your school’s Career Center is the point of contact for all requests and scheduling issues. Each city-based recruiting event is held in a central location, usually a large convention center.

September 18, 2015
September Video Interview Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November 13, 2015
November Video Interview Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
January 8, 2016
Winter Recruiting Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
FHI 360
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009-5721
- 8:30 am: Recruiter check-in and Continental breakfast
- 9:00 - 11:00 am: Student check-in and Career Fair
- 11:00 am - noon: Lunch (lunch provided for recruiters; students to provide their own lunch)
- noon - 5:00 pm: Interviews (9 half-hour slots with two 15-min breaks)
February 19, 2016
February Video Interview Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 8, 2016
April Video Interview Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Checking in

  • Be sure to report to the student registration area at least a half hour before your first scheduled interview. If you do not check in at least a half hour in advance, your interview slot will be given to an alternate.
  • When you check in, the staff member at the registration desk will request your cell phone number in case we need to reach you during the day.
  • There will be a seating area available for students waiting for their interviews.
  • Twenty (20) minutes before each of your interviews, you will take a seat in a separate “on-deck” area to wait to be called by the employer.

Other important considerations:

  • What to eat: Please make your own arrangements. Expect that it will cost at least $12.00 per meal. There are many restaurants in the area surrounding the Regional Recruiting Day sites.
  • What to wear: Dress is typically business attire. Suits are appropriate for both men and women.
  • What to bring: Bring 15-20 extra copies of your resume as well as writing samples and/or transcripts as instructed by each employer. You may need them to submit for extra interviews. Bring extra cash for travel and food incidentals. And always bring your smile and a firm handshake!

Video Interview Day Information

Your career office will be in touch with information about Video Interview Days on your campus.

Follow up

Be sure to follow up with a hand-written or e-mailed thank you note to each employer with whom you interviewed. Candidates are generally notified of their status within a few weeks of an event. If you are invited to a second- or third-round interview, please notify your career office. It’s very important that we be able to track outcomes in order to ensure the continued success of our programs.