In a very exciting HR Thursday post we have an interview with Facebook university recruiter Will Barnett. Read on to get some insights into what you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate during this recruiting season!
What is something a college student can do to stand out in a huge pool of job applicants?
WB: Showcasing what makes you stand out from your peers is critical. Listing classes and class projects just tells us that you go to school, which we already know. Do you participate in coding competitions? Won awards? What technical things do you do on your own? Do you have any apps that you wrote available online? Is your code on Github for me to checkout?
What is the worst thing a college student can do in an interview?
WB: Lack of preparation is always a killer. There are *unlimited* resources online to help brush up on the technical skills to pass a screening interview. Build a relationship with your recruiter – they can often be what helps you get to the hire side of ‘on the fence’, and if things don’t work out there is always an opportunity to reconnect with them and try again in the future.
What do you think is the best way to hunt for a job while still in school?
WB: Intern somewhere every summer. It’s the only time in your life that you can “date” a company without having to commit to a longer term. It will teach you what you like and don’t like in a job and what to look for when you graduate. Many companies use their internships to determine who they want to hire full-time upon graduation.
What is your favorite part about being a university recruiter at Facebook?
WB: Meeting students in the top slice of top schools is awesome – seeing what folks are able to do, right out of college is exciting. These folks are all going to have phenomenal careers and I get to be a part of launching them into their first job.
Will has been in recruiting for 4 years, so take note, and good luck with the job hunt!
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