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Throughout the year, hundreds of companies recruit Olin students through on-campus visits. The largest such event is Meet the Firms, where dozens of companies and hundreds of representatives, students, staff, and faculty fill the three floors of Olin’s Bauer and Knight Halls. Meet the Firms provides a unique setting for employers and students to meet, discuss employment opportunities, and network among other company representatives—and it is just around the corner!

The WCC provides a Meet the Firms app which puts all of the information at your fingertips. The app includes participating companies, as well as where they will be located for the event. The app also includes details about the firm’s recruiting focus (for example, whether the company is looking for full-time or internship talent, and so on). It also provides an up-to-the-minute layout and agenda for the day. A few key resources for students to check out:

In addition, Meet the Firms has a new component this year: Recruiting Insights, where attending representatives share best practices. After, some firms attend the MBA Exclusive, in which MBA students and firms can meet and mingle, followed by the Meet the Firms career fair. This is an amazing, energizing, and truly interactive couple of hours.

Below are several of the confirmed firms for the event. Download the Meet the Firms app for the latest list of attending firms. We hope to see you there!

Firms attending September 13

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Accenture
  • Advisory Research
  • Aggio
  • Analysis Group
  • Andersen Tax
  • AT&T
  • Avascent
  • Axiom Consulting Partners
  • Bain & Company
  • Belvedere Trading
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Capital One
  • Centene Corporation
  • Cognizant
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Deloitte (Audit/Tax)
  • Eastman
  • Education Pioneers
  • Edward Jones
  • EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials
  • Express Scripts
  • EY
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Forsyth Advisors
  • General Mills
  • HBM Holdings
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • KPMG LLP
  • Lumeris
  • Mastercard
  • Mercer Consulting
  • Monsanto
  • Morningstar
  • NISA Investment Advisors
  • Nomura
  • PepsiCo
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Prudential Capital Group
  • PwC
  • RGA (Reinsurance Group of America)
  • Robert W. Baird
  • Sense Corp
  • Slalom
  • Spectrum Brands
  • Susquehanna International Group
  • Teach for America
  • Travelers Fixed Income Investments
  • U.S. Bank
  • ZS Associates

 

Firms attending September 19

  • Advanced Technology Group
  • Aegis Strategies
  • Aggio
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Belden
  • Carindal Health
  • CGN Global
  • Citi
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Direct Supply
  • EisnerAmper
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Emerson
  • ePlata
  • Equifax
  • Essilor
  • Executive Financial Group
  • Forsyth Advisors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Highmark Health
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Lincoln International
  • M&T Bank
  • Maryville Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Protiviti
  • The Resource Group
  • RubinBrown LLP
  • Varsity Tutors
  • Wal-Mart
  • Washington University Investment Management Company
  • World Wide Technology



Recruiting events are usually large occasions and can be overwhelming if you are not properly prepared. To be successful at such an event, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. Here are a few tips from the WCC about navigating recruitment events. (Be sure to check out Part I.)

Sometimes recruiters won’t accept paper résumés

This doesn’t mean they’re not interested in you; instead, they are adhering to compliance policies and online recruiting procedures. Ask for a business card, and follow up with recruiters after the fair to let them know that you have applied, or plan to apply, online.

First impressions are very important

At recruiting events, employers are not trying to figure out how to screen you in.

Recruiters are looking for things that will screen you out. Your energy level, handshake, dress, and résumé can make you a success or failure in seconds.

Think of talking to the recruiter as an audition

What can you say and do in the first minute of conversation that will make him or her want to grant you an interview? Make sure to smile, have a firm handshake, and look recruiters in the eye.

Keep your energy high, be assertive, and ask engaging questions—especially ones that demonstrate your knowledge of the company.

Ask questions that reflect your research

Do not ask what the company does, what kinds of jobs they have, or what they can do for you. The recruiter will expect you to have done your research and to know these basic facts.

Dress as if you were going to an interview

A common mistake at recruiting events is to dress too casually. Both men and women should wear suits. If you have questions about professional attire, speak with a career advisor.

And last but not least, don’t eat, chew gum, use heavy fragrance, or smoke during a recruiting event.

Collect business cards from recruiters

Also be sure to jot notes about them and the company on the back of the card. Use these cards to send personalized thank-you notes after the event.

Thank recruiters

Write a thank-you note to every recruiter you speak to at the event; save contact information for future networking opportunities and to develop a target list of employers.

If you’re not looking for full-time employment at the time of the event, let the recruiter know.

Recruiting events are valuable—even for students who are not pursuing full-time jobs or internships. They’re a good way to meet recruiters and make early networking contacts. The senior-year job search begins in your freshman year—students who start building networks and identifying potential employers early are the most successful at getting internships and job offers later.




Recruiting events are great opportunities to meet employers from a wide range of industries and potentially obtain job interviews. If you make a favorable impression, you have the best chance of being invited to interview. Time spent at recruiting events can pay off—it’s your chance to see many career opportunities that are open to you, and you may connect with potential employers who can offer you a job. They also provide an opportunity to practice your interview skills in a less formal environment.

Recruiting events are usually large occasions and can be overwhelming if you are not properly prepared. To be successful at such an event, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips from the Weston Career Center:

Get a list of participating companies

Check the hosting organization’s website or looking for printed publications a few days before the event. Usually a list of companies and a map of their locations will be provided for larger events.

Find connections within those companies

If possible, find someone you know who works at a company you’re interested in; alumni are good resources. At the event, you can mention the name of your contact to the recruiter, which can help separate you from the rest of the students.

Research the companies

Employers expect you to know something about their companies before you talk to them. In addition to visiting company websites, you can use annual reports, press releases, and newspaper coverage that can be found on the Internet or in the WCC Resource Area.

Maximize your time

Maximize the brief time you have with recruiters by knowing how your skills and interests match their needs.

Understand the job openings and opportunities

Become familiar with types of career opportunities available at the companies of greatest interest to you (most company websites have this information), and prepare to sell yourself accordingly. You are the product, and employers are the customer.

Prepare your 30-second self-introduction

This should include your name, your education, and your career interests as they relate to the company. In addition, always come prepared with an example of your skills and experiences.

Schedule a mock interview

Set up a mock interview with an advisor to practice your introduction and to discuss your marketing strategy. Practicing will make you more relaxed and confident during the event.

If possible, arrive early

Recruiters may have to leave early, and they can be tired and less attentive at the end of a long day.

If you’re nervous…

Consider approaching a recruiter with a company that is not one of your top choices first as practice.

Choose your top booths ahead of time

It’s important to plan which company booths you want to target, and focus on no more than three to five that are of special interest to you. You can visit more companies if you like, but make sure that your efforts are focused on your top companies first.

Bring several copies of your resume

It is a good idea to have more than one targeted résumé with different career objectives if you are looking at several career options (résumé should be on résumé-quality paper, and you should bring at least one copy for each company you plan to visit).

Stay tuned for part 2!




“Tell me about yourself and your career goals in 60 seconds or less.” That’s the challenge facing students at the annual Meet the Firms events when recruiters come to campus to look for new talent. Representatives from 50 companies were here last week and 900 students lined up to get a chance to pitch themselves. The same scenario will repeat Sept. 20 for the second round of Meet the Firms with 50 different companies lining the three levels of the Atrium.

Here’s what we saw trending at Meet the Firms:

  1. Lots of swag! Sunglasses are a popular perk.
  2. Black is the new black. EVERYONE was wearing a black suit.
  3. Firm banners provide some insight into the company’s culture.
  4. Advice: wear comfortable shoes for standing in long lines at popular firm tables.
  5. More advice: smile and offer a confident, firm handshake!



Prior to the start of the Meet-the-Firms events on September 10th and 16th, recruiters from more than 50 firms  had the opportunity to meet with Olin MBA candidates one-on-one during our MBA Exclusive Recruiting Hour held in the Knight Center.


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