ICF Tip #8: Do Your Research
It would be ill-advised to enter an interview without having done any prior research on the company, and the same holds true for career fairs. You don’t need to do a deep dive on all forty-four organizations in attendance at ICF, but doing some studying beforehand—especially on those companies in which you have the most interest—will yield results.
Some starting points when researching a company:
- Purpose of the organization—what, exactly, do they do?
- Mission statement, vision, and values
- Reputation* (Glassdoor is your best resource here)
- Organizational initiatives
- Related news
Looking into a company beforehand can help in a few significant ways.
First, it’ll allow you to tailor your elevator pitch to that organization. For example, if you read that they pride themselves on being service-minded, you would then know to talk about your volunteer experience with the recruiter.
Researching will also allow you to have a more substantive conversation with the recruiter, transitioning from your introduction into more detailed topics. This will give them a better sense of who you are (and vice versa).
Last, and perhaps most importantly, doing research beforehand reflects strong work ethic. No one can force you to study up beforehand, and those who do so are demonstrating their willingness to take initiative—a quality sought universally by employers.
For help on researching companies registered for ICF, be sure to check out our Research Night event on Monday in OUGL 220, 4:00-6:00pm. You can also download the new ICF app, which includes overviews on each company in attendance and the positions for which they’re hiring. Available on both iOS and Android.
*While negative aspects of a company’s reputation can be invaluable in helping you choose between jobs/internships, it’s best to avoid bringing these up during career fair conversations.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool events you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
1/30: ICF: Research Night; 4:00-6:00pm, OUGL 220
Collaborate with your classmates to research employers of interest, practice elevator speeches, and put final touches on your resume(s). Please bring your laptop.
1/31: iSchool Career Fair; 12:30-4:30pm, HUB Ballrooms
Over forty employers from the fields of information technology, information management, and library science have registered for this year’s career fair. ICF will be limited to iSchool students only from 12:30 until 1:30, after which it will open to all UW students.
2/1: Voyager Capital Hangout; 10:00-11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)
Ever thought of starting your own company? Or joining the rocket-ship ride as a startup goes from a handful of employees to hundreds? Local startup attorney Joe Wallin (Carney Badley Spellman) and venture investor Randall Lucas (Voyager Capital) welcome your questions and thoughts.
2/1: SAP Information Session; 12:30-1:30pm, Allen Auditorium
Representatives from SAP d.studio will be on campus to talk about their company, team, and internship opportunities. SAP is specifically looking for candidates for a variety of design positions. Please bring a resume specifying your desired position(s).
Career & Internship Center
1/30: Exploring: Entertainment, Sports & Lifestyle Careers; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134
1/30: Appy Hour with City Year; 5:30-7:30pm, MGH 134
2/1: Amazon InfoSession; 6:00-8:00pm, PCAR 192
2/2: Getting Started: Internships Explained; 1:30-2:00pm, MGH 134
Spring Break: Career Treks to Bay Area and D.C.
Make your spring break count with career exploration trips to the Bay Area (March 19-22) and Washington D.C. (March 22-25)! Learn from pros at top companies and explore a new city with classmates. Apply by Feb. 1 at 4:00pm using the above link.
Top job/internship opportunities:
- Library Intern, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP); iCareers ID 5704
- User Experience Designer, Deloitte Digital; iCareers ID 5706
- Associate Java Developer, Expeditors International; iCareers ID 5690
- Entry-Level Cognitive Consultant – Commercial Sector, IBM; HuskyJobs ID 111224
- Branch Library Associate, WA Office of the Secretary of State; iCareers ID 5712