How to put your best foot forward during campus recruiting season

Recruiting RSM careers

How can you best position yourself to meet employers, nail interviews and start your career? RSM’s recruiters and campus champions share their tips and tricks on how to stand out on campus!

Being yourself, cracking a smile, showing curiosity... what can you do to put your best foot forward throughout your recruiting process? Hear our people’s perspectives.

1. "Be genuine. At RSM, we really want to know our professionals. We hire people, not resumes.  Show employers who you are and not who you think they want you to be." – Alex Shillinglaw, talent acquisition senior associate, University of South Florida graduate

2. "Smile! When meeting employers, it can be intimidating for everyone involved, but a smile goes a long way." – Joe Hamilton, audit senior associate, Miami University graduate

3. "Be naturally curious. Actively listen during an interview and you will ALWAYS be able to find something to ask about the company, the job, the interviewer, etc." – Rod Foster, consumer products/real estate audit partner, University of Northern Iowa graduate

group of RSM professionals

4. "Practice your handshake and a solid elevator pitch (name, what you are involved in, why you want to be a part of the company)." – Carol Wei, tax senior associate, Northern Illinois graduate

5. "At career fairs and interviews, do your research before and come prepared with at least two questions for the company representative. Afterward, follow up with them and stay connected to the company." – Sara Herbel, talent acquisition campus manager, Oklahoma State graduate

6. "Throughout the recruiting process, everyone’s goal is to find a great fit. During interviews, be yourself and think of it as an opportunity for you to also interview the employer—ask questions. Meet and network with as many people as you can from the firms/companies of interest to get a better feel for their culture." – Dan Mohrbacher, financial services audit partner, CU-Boulder graduate

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