ICF Tip #6: 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 38 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 narrowing the focus of your research, be sure to download the official ICF app (available on both iOS and Android). There, you’ll find overviews of the companies in attendance, along with the specific position-types for which they’re hiring. If you see a company you like is searching for data scientists, you can spend some extra time studying up on the qualifications for the position, or common questions asked during the interview stage.
*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.
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(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool events you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
1/29: Fast Enterprises iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Fast Enterprises will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities in advance of the iSchool Career Fair. Stop by to connect!
1/30: Bagel Breakfast with Allstate’s Data Science Team; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Allstate’s data science team will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities in advance of the iSchool Career Fair. Please RSVP via Facebook using the link above. Contact Anushree Shukla with questions.
1/30: iSchool Career Fair; 12:30 – 4:30pm, HUB Ballrooms
Just in case you forgot! iSchool students only for the first hour.
2/1: Negotiation Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
Learn the skills you’ll need to successfully negotiate salary and other aspects of your job. Hosted by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
UW Career & Internship Center
1/29: Getting Started: Career Fair Success; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
1/30: Defense Intelligence Agency InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
1/31: Intel presents: Technical Resume Writing 101; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134
1/31: Diversity Career Fair; 5:30 – 8:30pm, HUB Ballrooms
2/1: Intel InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
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