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 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!

Point of No Return

This past weekend I visited Cedar Point for the first time in ten years. While at the park, I decided that I would work up the nerve to ride Top Thrill Dragster. After waiting in line for an hour and a half, I was shuffled closer and closer towards the cars. That’s when the anxiousness set in. Before I knew it I was strapped in the car and out of the loading station ready to be launched over 400 feet into the air at record speeds (120 mph). At that moment, I experienced the point of no return. I had crossed the threshold and there was no going back (regardless how terrified I was).

This week during the internship I experienced a similar point of no return. Thankfully my managers did not launch me 400 feet into the air or send me off at 120 mph. This point of no return surrounded a case study that the interns and I had been working on since the moment we joined Key in early June. The case encompassed four different hypothetical prospect companies that Key was interested in. We were tasked with deciding which prospect was most attractive for a partnership or a merger. The RRG interns were broken into two teams for this project. We named our team Risk Team 6 (in reference to Seal Team 6 – because we’re that good). Throughout the past 8 weeks we worked diligently to bring a presentation together.

At last, on Monday, the big day arrived! In addition to our case being the capstone of our internship, the entire risk leadership team was in attendance including the General Auditor Kevin Ryan. After working on this presentation for 8 weeks, we embarked on our final journey as a team. As we approached the presentation room, my heart began to race. To our nerve’s demise, we were selected to go second. While we waited outside the presentation room, I couldn’t help my mind from wandering back to Cedar Point. I remembered the way I felt as I inched closer and closer to the ride. I recalled the way I felt when I was strapped into that wild ride and just waiting for my turn. While I was waiting for my turn to present, I again experienced that point of no return. We had already completed our research, built our slide deck, and practiced our presentation. We were strapped in and just waiting for someone to pull the trigger.

The minutes passed by like hours, but our turn to present finally came. Our deliverable went off with only a few hiccups .We received positive feedback and insightful questions. Just like my anxious experience on Dragster, our team survived and thrived.

These experiences have thoroughly resonated with me as I reflect on my internship. I encourage anyone who is reading this to never let your fear hold you back from anything. Whether it is flying by at high speeds or impressing the entirely leadership suite; never let your nerves hold you back from anything. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how much experience you have, or where you come from, if you trust your intuition and silence the self-doubting voicing in your head there is no limit to what can be accomplished.

Check out some of this week’s intern fun:


Intern Lunch at Carrabbas







Intern 1

Interns at the Rock Hall!







Interns at the Indian’s Game!


Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of KeyBank

L Brands Cares

Though there are 100 interns at L Brands in Columbus, I am one of the only interns in my building, so I really enjoy events where I can meet the other interns and hear about how their internships are going. From the Clippers game we attended at the beginning of the year to the Senior Speaker Series, I am always meeting interns in different parts of the business.

One of these large intern events was an afternoon of volunteering at Camp Mary Orton here in Columbus. The camp offers summer and after-school camps for underprivileged kids and serves as a beautiful camp for retreat groups. We were tasked with doing general ground clean-up of the camp. While trimming trees and mulching trails, I was able to give back and meet other L Brands interns in different functions that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was a chance to get out of the office on a Friday afternoon and have fun while giving back.

I was surprised by how common volunteering is at L Brands. There are so many opportunities to give back, even during work hours. Each week I am approached for a new volunteer activity that L Brands has organized. They can be events going on at the company or community organizations that employees partner with. For example, right now Pelotonia is everywhere-it seems like everyone is riding, donating, or volunteering for the cause. Much more to come on how my volunteer experience goes at Pelotonia in a couple of weeks!



What’s Your POV?

If you happen to eavesdrop on any sort of meeting about strategy or creative review at Target Optical, you will most likely hear the phrase, “What’s your point of view?”  Your point of view (or more commonly known as POV; acronyms are huge here) is exactly what it sounds like:  your opinion and thoughts on the strategy to a specific project.

From working here, I realized how important it is to have a POV.  When my manager asks me my thoughts on messaging strategy options, she doesn’t want to hear, “Oh I like all of the ideas” or “I don’t think it really matters which one we use”.  She wants to hear my opinion.  More importantly, she wants to hear my reasoning as to how I came to that opinion.

At first the whole POV thing threw me off; it just seemed way too subjective.  As my internship progressed, though, I finally understood it.  Thinking through your POV helps you align with the overall strategy of the project; it helps you develop reasons as to why you think the way you do and how that relates to the overall objective.  Having a POV also shows your team members that you are engaged with and care about what you are working on-never a bad thing!

I bet that your company will be asking for your POV too, even if they don’t explicitly use the phrase POV.  And you better be prepared with an answer when do.