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On-Campus Recruiting

Our goals for the On-Campus Recruiting program are:

  • To provide a venue for students to interact with employers.
  • To help students explore a variety of opportunities that align with their skills and interests.
  • To help students create strong application materials, network effectively, and prepare for interviews.

Preparing for On-Campus Recruiting

The Process

  1. Review Job & Internship Postings
  2. Identify Companies and Organizations of Interest to You
  3. Polish Your Resume
  4. Get Professional
  5. Hone Your Interview Skills
  6. OCR/Event Participation Policy

Key Resources

How and where do you find out who is coming for on-campus recruiting?

  1. Check out Handshake, where all the job and internships are posted. This is where you will upload your requested documents (i.e. resumecover letterunofficial transcript). You will apply for opportunities you are interested in and if selected… schedule your interview.
  2. Visit the large display board outside the Cage in Buntrock Commons, 2nd level (Sept.-Nov.). There, you will find information on all recruiters visiting campus who are conducting information sessions, tabling events and collecting resumes, as well as shared recruiting opportunities at Carleton and Macalester College.
  3. Click HERE for a daily schedule of on-campus recruiting events.
  4. Email Bryan Shealer (shealer@stolaf.edu) to join recruiting related email aliases to receive information about upcoming on-campus recruiting information sessions and opportunities.
  5. Meet with a Career Ambassador – Career Ambassadors are specialized peer advisors who are able to help you prepare for the event, as well as other questions related to On-Campus Recruiting.  Please click HERE for the Career Ambassador schedule.


Review Job and Internship Postings

Handshake is your source for up-to-date job and internship postings for organizations recruiting through St. Olaf this fall.  This LINK connects you to all of the internships and jobs associated with the campus recruiting program.

Having trouble signing in? Call x3268 or stop in the Piper Center, Tomson 270 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Identify Companies of Interest to You

Researching the company/organization is like studying prior to an exam; make time for this important step.

Attend On-Campus Information Sessions scheduled by the recruiting organization to learn about the company as a whole and the specific positions offered. Log in to Handshake, click on the “Events” tab, and choose the “Employer Information Session” option to see the schedule.

Know the Industry. VAULT is a great resource for industry guides and specific information about companies in the industry you are interested in.  For example, are you applying to Piper Jaffray?  Vault has a 253 page guide to middle market investment banking – know the competitors, jargon, and challenges of the industry to fully prepare for an interviewCreate an account using your St. Olaf email address to access guides to consulting, investment banking, retail, corporate finance, marketing and many more!
Lynda.com offers video tutorials to help you brush up on industry skills, like accounting, business writing, and Excel, as well.

Research the Employers to get a broad view of each organization and its primary business. The Piper Center also has some materials available from recruiting organizations.

Allianz Group



Analysis Group

Andersen Corp.

Apple, Inc.

Best Buy

Boston Consulting Group

Boom Lab

The Brattle Group





Ernst & Young

Federal Reserve: Board of Governors

Federated Insurance

General Mills


Health Care Futures

JP Morgan

Lazard Middle Market

Lewin Group

McKinsey & Company


Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Optum Insight


Piper Jaffray

Post Holdings

Project Consulting Group

Proto Labs

Sandia National Labs

SecurianThomson Reuters


Travelers Insurance


United Health Group

U.S. Bank

Wells Fargo 

Polish Your Resume

To interview on campus, you must submit a resume via Handshake to each company/organization with which you’d like an interview.

1. If you haven’t already… Draft a resume!

  • Use the Piper Center’s on-line resume resources to help you write a first draft.
  • Bring your completed draft to the Piper Center to have a peer advisor review it.
  • You are welcome to stop in anytime 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Peer Advisors specializing in on-campus recruiting will be in during the following times:  TBD for fall 2017

2. Revise and Specialize

  • Tailor your resume to the position you are applying for; you may need more than one version to be effective!
  • Use skills, abilities, and terms from job descriptions in your resume.
  • Utilize information from your research on the company.
  • Make sure the descriptions of your experiences on your resume have impact.

Note: For purposes of interviewing on campus, you should include your GPA on your OCR resume.

Get Professional

  • Walk in to the Piper Center, TOH 270, 8 a.m-5 p.m. to have a Peer Advisor critique your resume at least once.
  • Log into Handshake to schedule a coaching appointment with a career coach to have your resume reviewed and prepare for interviews. No same day appointments will be accepted, plan ahead!

Hone Your Interview Skills

If selected for an interview, you will receive email notification on how to sign up for an interview time slot online through Handshake.

To make a great impression when you interview, you’ll need to take time to prepare for your interviews by practicing answers to common interview questions.

Utilize the Piper Center Resources

Schedule a practice interview on Handshake by making an appointment with a career coach.

  • Piper Center staff members are here to help you hone your interviewing skills.
  • Be sure to prepare answers to common interview questions and know details about the position and company you are interviewing for.
  • Treat this practice session like the real deal – wear your suit, bring a copy of your resume in a leather portfolio and be prepared to ask the interviewer a couple questions (about the company, position, etc.) just as you would the actual interviewer.

OCR and Employer Event Participation Policies for Students

On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) provides a convenient venue for students and employers to connect directly on campus. Employers recruit on our campus based on the strength of our reputation, the quality of our students, and the integrity with which our students conduct themselves. Your participation in OCR requires an understanding that your conduct impacts the reputation of St. Olaf College, our ability to develop new employer relationships, and the long-term ability for other students to connect with premiere employers through OCR. The following participation policy has been created to ensure this important program continues to meet the high standards expected by the Piper Center for Vocation and Career, students and participating employers.

Your participation in On-Campus Recruiting is contingent on your fulfillment of the following expectations:

General Responsibilities:

  1. All application materials will be submitted through Handshake before employer deadlines.
  2. While Handshake provides helpful reminders, it is your responsibility to be organized and remember all interview dates, times, and locations. Be on time and prepared for all meetings, events, and interviews.
  3. You understand that applying for a position indicates a serious interest. If your availability or interest in an employer or position changes, you will provide timely communication to cancel or amend the application.


Professional conduct obligates you to keep all scheduled interview appointments. You may cancel your scheduled interview in Handshake up to two business days’ before the event. In the event of an emergency and you must cancel with less than two business days notice, you should contact a staff member in the Piper Center for Vocation and Career either in-person or by phone. (Voicemail or email will not be accepted). Please make a note of the day and time you called, as well as the person with whom you spoke. This policy also applies to any off-campus recruiting events with employers.

Cancellation is not an option for employer programs or employer-facing leadership events for which you have applied and are accepted.   Once accepted, your attendance is mandatory so you are encouraged to consider your academic, work, and/or personal obligations prior to submitting an application to minimize the chances of conflict around the program dates.

No Shows:

When you schedule an interview with an employer, you are making a commitment to attend. If you do not show up for an interview, you will send a letter of apology to the employer within 24 hours, and forward a copy to the Piper Center for Vocation and Career.   You understand that a no show may result in the suspension of on-campus recruiting privileges.

No shows for employer programs or employer-facing leadership events will also require a letter of apology and may result in additional sanctions as determined by the Director of the Piper Center for Vocation and Career after an in-person meeting.

Reneging on a Job Offer:

It is wrong to renege on an offer of employment after you have accepted. When you accept a job offer you are ethically obligated to follow through on your commitment with the employer. You should understand that a verbal acceptance is also considered a formal acceptance and therefore it is strongly recommended that you wait until you receive a written offer and have had an opportunity to ask any questions before you formally accept an offer. Please see the “Evaluating Job Offers” for helpful information when considering an offer of employment.

Once you have accepted the offer, either verbally or in writing, you must withdraw from any other searches in which you are being considered.   It is unethical to continue searching for a “better” offer after you have accepted one. Any student who reneges on an offer gained through the On-Campus Recruiting program may result in the suspension of on-campus recruiting privileges.

For any situation in which you are unsure of what to do, please contact the Piper Center for Vocation and Career to meet with a coach as soon as possible before taking any action. Appointments can be made in Handshake 24 hours in advance, but if you have an urgent offer deadline please call or stop by the office to seek immediate assistance.


Additional References:

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Ethical Resource for Students:
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker