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

SLAC has partnered with Handshake to manage the student application and interview scheduling process. 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 access the database for the first time:

All students at participating SLAC schools already have an account in Handshake; you just need to create a new password in order to access your account.

  1. Click the Login link from the For Students menu above, or go directly to (for Haverford and Pomona students this will be or
  2. Click the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium Sign On button (for Haverford and Pomona students, click your school’s button)>
  3. Click the “Forgot your password?” link.
  4. Enter your username (this will be your college email address – for example,, then click the Reset Password button.
  5. Check your college email account for an email from Handshake, and then select the link to reset your password.
  6. Log in to your account! (More information about setting up your account and profile is available here.)

To search for employers and jobs on the database:

  1. Once you are logged in to your Handshake account, click the “Jobs” link on the left menu.
  2. Click the Labels area and select the appropriate event (for example, “September Video Interview Day”). A list of employers and positions will appear.
  3. Click on any job title of interest to view the full description and requirements.
  4. When you’re ready to apply for a position, click the Apply button. You will be prompted to upload a resume and any other requested documents (e.g., cover letter, writing sample, unofficial transcript, etc.).

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

Prepare 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.


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.

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.