How to Participate

Recruiting days for students page shutterstock_83495737To 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:

SLAC positions are posted through Handshake. All students at participating SLAC schools can access job postings through your existing Handshake account.

Note: More information about setting up your account is available from Handshake. Please contact your school’s SLAC representative if you need assistance.

To search for employers and jobs on the database:

  1. Once you are logged in to your Handshake account, click the “Jobs” link from the menu on the left.
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  2. On the Jobs Posting screen, select the  Labels option, then select the appropriate event from the drop-down menu that appears. (For example, select “wvid” for Winter Video Interview Days). A list of employers and positions will appear.
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  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 as well as 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 Your 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.

Deadlines

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.

Preparation

Your college’s career office will inform you of any requirements prior to the event. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to schedule a practice interview with your career office.

Video Interview Days 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. 

  • Fall Video Interview Days (Wednesday, September 22 & Thursday, September 23, 2020)
  • Spring Video Interview Days (Wednesday, February 23 & Thursday, February 24, 2021)

Other important considerations:

  • What to wear: Dress is typically business attire. Suits are appropriate for both men and women.
  • What to have available: Be sure to have your list of scheduled interviews and times, your resume, and notes available. You will need a device to access your video interview and Handshake. Test it ahead of time and be sure your device and phone are fully charged!

Fair Information

SLAC fairs will take place on Handshake. You will need to first register for the fair you would like to attend on Handshake. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign up for sessions.

  • Graduate and Professional School Virtual Fair (Friday, October 8, 2021)
  • Winter Virtual Career Fair (Tuesday, November 9, 2021)

Follow up

Be sure to follow up with a handwritten or emailed 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.