Employer Recruiting Practices Survey ResultsFunding Provided
by:MWACE Steele Grant AwardSurvey Conducted by:Saint Louis
To survey local and midwest employers about their recruiting
preferences, in order to provide a summary report on best interview
and job seeking practices to students who are internship or
job-seeking, and to respondents of this survey upon request.
Presenters: Kathy Day & Carol Lunning
August 4, 2004Purpose
Preferred Method to Receive Resumes & Cover Letters E-mailed
with cover letter as body & resume as attachment E-mailed with
both documents as attachments Online application Mailed in 9x12
envelope No preferenceNumber of Employers who selected this
answer(Select only one)
Most Important Things to Lookfor in a ResumeWork or internship
experience (222)Specific major or degree (140)Summary of
qualifications (120)Accomplishments (107)Clear Objective
(58)Extra-curricular involvement (54)GPA (53)(Select up to
Complaints Regarding ResumesErrors (spelling, grammar, etc.)Lack
of or unrelated experienceUnprofessional looking(Select up to
three)Missing or unclear datesLack of or unclear objectiveMore than
one pagePoor style or format
#1 Complaint Regarding Cover LettersNo clear connection between
job requirements and candidates qualifications (92)
Poorly written (60)
Errors (spelling, grammar, etc.) (48)
Lack of cover letter (29)
Cover letter more than one page (17)
What Influences Your Decision to Invite a Candidate for an
Interview? Relevant work or internship experience236Education that
matches the job154Referral from someone within the company94Cover
letter directed to specific job83Academic
Accomplishments60Follow-up contact from candidate 51(Select up to
What makes a candidate stand out most in an interview?
Personality that seems to fit position and team Answers that
include thoughtful examples Sincere, passionate interest in the
position Poised and professional attitude Providing evidence / an
example of intelligence or ability to learn(Select up to
three)Number of Employers who selected this answer
What makes a candidate stand out most in an interview?cont
Knowledge of company / organization Thoughtful questions to the
interviewer Professional dress Direct and appropriate eye
Is Telephone Screening Part of your Interviewing
How Important do you Consider a Thank You Note in your Decision
to Hire?Very Important34Important88Unimportant28Neutral122Very
In What Format do you Prefer a Post-Interview Thank You
Note?Hand-written84Follow-up phone call1E-mailed38Typed15No
Preference133Prefer not to receive one4(Select only one)
Preferred Method of Recruiting Entry-level Candidates Career
Fairs Internships / Co-ops On-campus recruiting (interviews)
Internal / company websites Referrals(Select up to three)Number of
Employers who selected this answer External websites (Monster,
Minimum Number of Interviews you Typically Conduct, Before
Making an Offer to a CandidateOne 20Two 113Three 91Four24
Do You Ever Conduct Long-Distance Interviews Via
Videoconferencing?Yes28No165Not currently, but may in the
What is Your Favorite Interview Question?Major Categories:
Behavioral Analytical Strengths / Accomplishments Knowledge of
Organization / Position Challenges / Areas for Development Who are
Give me an example of a time when you failed. What did you learn
from it, and how did you apply that knowledge in a future
Give me a situation where in order to solve a problem you had to
find a unique solution.
Describe a difficult co-worker. Include why you consider them
difficult and tell me how you work with that
Analytical Questions Why are manhole covers round?
What part of a car would you like to be and why?
What are the key elements to being successful in a career?
If you were the employer and could only make one job offer,
which one of your classmates would you hire and why?
Strengths / Accomplishments How do you feel your experience has
prepared you for a leadership role with our company?
What has been your greatest accomplishment in life?
What strengths do you bring to this position?
What teambuilding and people development skills do you feel you
What qualities will you bring to our company that will help us
Knowledge of Organization / Position Have you visited our
What do you know about our company / organization?
How does your work, educational, and volunteer / internship
experience relate to this position?
Why are you interested in this particular position within our
Challenges / Areas for Development Tell me about a stressful
situation and how you handled it.
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake on the job, how you
handled it, and what you learned from it.
Tell me about a job / task that you did not find challenging or
stimulating. How did you keep yourself motivated?
Give me an example of an area in which you would like to
Who Are You? How would you describe yourself in 5 words or
Nobody is perfect, but if there is something you could change
about yourself, what would it be and why?
If I were to contact a prior supervisor, how would he / she
describe you as an employee?
Why should I hire you instead of one of the other applicants for
What are your long-term career goals?
Advice to candidates applying for a position with your companyBE
Confident and enthusiastic On time Prepared and professional
Yourself Honest Assertive
DO Research about the company / organization Show respect to the
interviewer Focus on your field of interest Give examples of
leadership roles Follow up Relax Ask questions Dress
HAVE Passion for the position Previous experience Extra copies
of your resume and cover letter A list of references Evidence of
work or class assignments that relate to the position
KNOW Your target position Details about the position What
qualifications are required Your strengths How to think outside the
box What you are getting into before you commit Where you want to
work and why you are a good fit
Accurate dates of employment A real interest in the position A
clear and concise objective A positive attitude and maintain eye
contact How you can be an asset to the company
Provide thorough but concise answers to questions
Provide all information necessary to be considered as a
Conducting SurveysLessons Learned: Start Early! Prepare a
timeline & budget Get IRB Certified (check with your
institution for requirements Determine purpose of survey and use it
as a guide in developing questions
Lessons Learned Cont Plan distribution of survey and collection
of data (letters, e-mails, etc.) Update incorrect mail and e-mail
addresses Analyze and compile data Publish and distribute findings
(booklets, website, etc.)
AcknowledgementsKim Reitter & James BuckAssistance in
developing survey questions
Ellen Steichen, InternDeveloping powerpoint presentation
Career Services Student StaffAdditional survey assistance
Carol Lunning, Assistant Director, Career
Kathy DayDirector, MBA & Graduate Business
SLU Career Services Office Phone: (314) 977-2828 Website:
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