The Employer’s Perspective

Written by Undergraduate Consultant, Maddy Ozvath

As students at Fisher College of Business, we are expected to be extremely well prepared as we begin the interviewing process for internships and full-time jobs. Have you ever thought, “I wish I knew what recruiters were thinking?” or “I wonder how I can set myself apart from the other candidates?” If so, today is your lucky day! The Office of Career Management has reached out to numerous recruiters from Fortune 500 companies all over the United States to get the inside scoop on the employer’s perspective.

Below you will find common scenarios that we face as Fisher Students and advice from recruiters on how to cope with these tricky situations.

  1. A student is interested in a company that does not actively recruit at OSU. What steps would you suggest that a candidate take in order to get noticed by a recruiter?

“OSU has countless connections with employers—use your network! Career Services is a great place to start, they have lists of alumni that work for companies around the world—if you are interested in a particular company, most likely, there is a Fisher alumni connection there that you can leverage.”

“I think connecting on LinkedIn is always a great strategy. And be specific with your request. When you make a very open ended request to a recruiter (i.e. “Tell me about the types of opportunities your company has) you are way less likely to receive a response. Knowing what you’re looking for and how I can help you is a more effective way to connect.”

  1. Sarah, an undergraduate student at OSU, interviewed at a company over a week ago. In the interview, the recruiter mentioned that he would have made a decision within a few days. She sent a thank you note but still no response. What should Sarah do next?

“First, check your junk mail. Many times, we send mass emails or even automate responses to candidates about next steps in the interview process. Since our emails are “.coms” they may get trapped by a well-intended firewall.

If you still cannot find a response, it is appropriate to follow up with an email to the recruiter. If they told you a specific date, please wait until after that date. We give you those dates to ensure that every candidate has had a chance to interview for the position and decisions can be made.”

**Click here for how to create a thank you note**

  1. Do you have any suggestions for students to stand out during the portion of an interview when they have the opportunity to ask questions?

“We love getting questions that are truly specific to our company. It shows research and forethought on your end, and it’s nice not to hear the same questions over and over again! Try to limit the number of “generic” questions and instead focus on asking questions you truly want the answers to.”

“At some point during the interview, the interviewer will ask you what questions you have for them. This is your chance to get the information you need to make an educated decision on future employment! Tailor your questions to things you really want to know. Is it important to you that a company has a strong value of corporate responsibility? Ask about it! Is it important to you that a company has a focus on wellness initiatives? Ask about it! The professionals are there to answer your questions and they are the BEST resource to find out more about the company. “

**For more information about asking good questions, visit our interview guide**

  1. Resume Paper – does it matter? Does this factor come to play when deciding between potential candidates?

“With everything being online now, paper is less of the issue…it’s all about FORMATTING and then save your resume as a PDF. When you send a resume as a Word document via email, I may see something completely different when I open the document. Whether it’s because my computer has a different version of Word or my computer doesn’t support the font you chose, it makes it difficult to decipher what the resume is supposed to look like. Please do yourself a favor and get your resume updated to Fisher format and then save as a PDF before you send it out into the world.”

“True story: it doesn’t matter to us at all! I can’t speak for every recruiter, but when you go through hundreds or resumes a day it’s not a detail I notice. The experience speaks for itself, and we often would like a soft copy of the resume anyway. However, a crumpled resume, no matter what kind of paper it’s on, is definitely a no-no.”

  1. As LinkedIn becomes more prevalent – is this a preferred method of contact vs email?

“Every recruiter will feel differently about this. Personally, I do not use LinkedIn very often, so if a student reaches out on there, they may not get a timely response. I know other recruiters who use LinkedIn daily to source candidates for specific jobs. So maybe the answer here is…ask the recruiter!”

“Yes. We meet so many students through career fairs, info sessions, networking events, etc. that it is difficult to remember who I met with and when. If I can attach a face to a name through LinkedIn, you will be much easier to remember. Make sure to include a personal note on how we met when you send the invitation.”

  1. When are cover letters appropriate?

“The best use of a cover letter is to explain something your resume does not. You should use it to introduce yourself and highlight skills and experiences. Make it relevant to the position—if possible, read over the job description and customize your cover letter to match your skills and abilities to what they are looking for in an applicant.”

**Need more information about crafting the perfect cover letter? Click here**

  1. For students handling multiple offers – do you have any advice for coping with this situation without burning bridges with their recruiters?

“Yes. Please be transparent and honest! We will go out on a limb for candidate but we can’t do that if we don’t know what you’re thinking. For the right person we are willing able to negotiate on timing, so please be sure to work with us so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity! Being upfront will always go over well.”

**Wondering how to ask for more time? Schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant by calling 614-292-6024**

  1. For students preparing for the interview process, do you have any last words of advice?

“Do your research. Fisher provides you with so many opportunities to get to know the companies that recruit there—use them! You have alumni, classmates who have done internships, mock interviews, resume reviews, info sessions, career fairs, faculty, staff, etc. This is the one time in your life when searching for a job is easy! Take advantage of those opportunities and GOOD LUCK! The right job for you is out there-you just have be ready for it!”


I hope this advice helps you as you move through the job search process! While it can be daunting, being well prepared, doing your research, and acting professionally is a great place to start. GOOD LUCK!



#tbt The Waiting Game

Imagine the following situation: You apply for a position that you’re very excited about. You meet the qualifications and are really interested in the company. Over the next few days, you check your e-mail constantly. Every time you see a new e-mail alert, you think “this could be it!!” One week passes. Nothing. Two weeks pass. Nothing. You start to wonder, “Did I remember to press ‘submit’?” Three weeks pass. No response. It’s over, they’re not interested… right?

You might be wrong! How to Find a Job advises:

“The list of prospective employers you have prepared is a “live” list and it is certainly worth more than one follow-up. Do not consider that the prospect is “dead” just because you received no reply…”

It is appropriate, and recommended, to follow-up a few weeks after applying for a position. You can follow-up by calling or e-mailing the hiring manager or HR representative and requesting information about the status of your application. Make sure to introduce yourself and reference the position that you applied for and the date on which you submitted your application.

Companies that post positions on FisherConnect will often provide an application deadline, but companies that advertise elsewhere may not provide this information. In these cases, it can be very helpful to follow-up about 2 weeks after submitting your application. A word of caution: make sure to respect the employer’s timeline, if provided. For example, do not follow-up if the application deadline has not yet passed. Additionally, avoid repeated and frequent inquiries. You might need to move on to other prospects, but it never hurts to follow-up!

Tip Tuesday: What to Wear

Written by Career Coach, Cat Hyland

This post goes out to all the ladies struggling with their business wardrobes these days…I mean seriously—what in the world is business casual?


It seems that men have it pretty easy when it comes to business dress standards. For them, business professional means a suit and business casual means a button down and nice pants.

For women, there seem to be many more options and often times the lines can feel much more blurred between business casual and business professional. If you’re someone who feels anxious over these blurred lines, read on…

Here are a few tips (from the perspective of a fourth year Fisher student) to help you along when you are trying to decide what to wear.

  1. If you are asked to dress business professional for an event, a pant suit is great. However, I personally don’t really like the way pant suits fit me, so I tend to lean toward “skirt suits” (suits with a pencil skirt instead of pants) or business style dresses with a blazer. This makes me feel more comfortable and confident while still feeling professional.
  1. If you are asked to dress business casual, feel it out. You can tell when an organization is more on the traditionally business professional side. In these situations, I would lean toward dressing more business professional just to be safe. This might mean a business style skirt and blouse or dress pants and a blouse (a blazer isn’t necessary, but never hurts). However, many organizations these days are becoming more casual in their dress standards. In these situations, it is safe to be a bit more casual. This might mean nice dark pants (not necessarily the pants from your suit, just make sure they are nice fabric and not jeans) and a nice blouse or sweater.
  1. If you are attending a networking event with multiple companies, lean toward dressing more professional. Obviously these companies will differ in the dress that they expect to see, but no one will ever be disappointed if you are “over-dressed” for a networking event.
  1. Whether you’re expected to dress business professional or business casual, conservative is always good. Tight & short are words that typically don’t go well with business attire for women. If you’re wearing a dress or nice shirt that does not cover your shoulders entirely, be sure to have a sweater or a blazer to go along with it. Length of dresses and skirts should be appropriate.
  1. It never hurts to ask what is appropriate! Here is a personal example… During my internship this summer, we were expected to dress business casual. Having the information that I learned throughout my time at Fisher, I assumed that this meant I still needed to wear closed-toe shoes with my outfits. However, it was the middle of summer and I noticed that some people throughout the office wore open-toed shoes. I was dying to wear some of my cute sandals or open-toed heels with some of my business casual dresses and skirts, but didn’t want to make any assumptions that it was appropriate. Instead, I simply asked the intern coordinator what kind of shoes would be appropriate and she confirmed that cute, classy, strappy sandals, or cute open-toed heels were indeed acceptable. This made things much easier and I never had to second guess whether or not I was making a mistake.

Hopefully, this post helps clear things up a bit (especially for underclassmen who are just starting to experience situations where they are expected to dress business casual or professional). Stay tuned for my next post with some suggestions about where to shop for business casual and business professional attire!

#tbt By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. –Benjamin Franklin

Written by Undergraduate Consultant, Marlina Frederick

Cliché, but true! Prior to an interview, it’s important that you prepare by conducting company research. How to Find a Job explains:

“It’s very natural for you to want to “drop everything and run,” getting there as fast as you can; but that’s the wrong thing to do. There’s work to be done before you make that call. First, if you haven’t found out facts you ought to know about the firm you hope to become associated with, do so before you call. Important facts are: (a) the business of the firm, (b) what goods they produce or sell, (c) the length of time they have been in business, (d) their financial rating, (e) the kind of job you are to apply for, (f) your qualifications for that job.”

If company research seems kind of overwhelming, remember that job seekers in the 50’s didn’t have the World Wide Web at their fingertips! Utilize the company’s website, online business journals, and company information databases like Hoover’s to help you learn about the company. For more information on how to conduct company research, check out our Company Research Guide. Happy researching!

#tbt Mirror, mirror, on the wall …

Some things haven’t changed since the 50’s. How to Find a Job reminds job seekers to check personal appearance before heading to an interview:

“Did you bathe? Is your hair neatly combed? Are you teeth brushed? Is your breath sweet? Are your fingernails clean? Are your shoes shined? Are your clothes neatly pressed? These may seem like rather personal questions, but you must remember that employers are—and have a right to be—extremely critical. If you are slovenly in appearance, they have good reason to believe that you will be slovenly in your work.”

Take a minute to check your appearance in the mirror (and maybe give yourself a quick pep-talk!) before heading off to an interview. Good luck!