May 11, 2018 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, recruiting methods, interviewing, spotlight
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
When it comes to helping students land their dream jobs, employers and career services offices should form a partnership, with each bringing their expertise to the effort. One area that employers can help career services is with preparing students for case interviews.
“In general, career services professionals are excellent at prepping students for interviews,” says Ryan Robinson, senior campus recruiter with Capital One. “As employers’ selection processes continue to evolve, we want to help career services stay current. We think that case interviewing will continue to increase in popularity, and employers need career services to help students get ready for this type of interview.”
Case interviews, he explains, are radically different from traditional interviews, which seek to understand candidates’ past experiences and how these candidates performed in different situations.
“The purpose [of behavioral interviews] is to gauge how their past performance would translate into future performance in the available role,” Robinson says. “With case interviews, candidates are not asked to draw on past experiences; rather, they are presented with a business scenario and are asked to consider different variables that could impact recommendations. Calculations are often required, and candidates will draw conclusions based on the limited data that is available.”
Adds Kelsey Indorf, campus recruiting manager for Capital One: “The purpose is to gauge candidates’ comfort with data, with incorporating new info, with drawing reasonable conclusions, and with making sound business recommendations.”
Robinson and Indorf recommend that career services practitioners position themselves to help their students with case interviews by:
“Students who are comfortable with the format are best able to demonstrate their skills when it’s time to engage with an interviewer,” Indorf notes. “For students, familiarity and practice with case interviews can be the key to landing their dream job.”
Ryan Robinson and Kelsey Indorf will discuss case interviews during their presentation titled “Helping Students Land Their Dream Jobs” at the 2018 NACE Conference & Expo.
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students to professional staff member
Median square footage of the career center
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent frequently discussing career readiness competencies with faculty
2018-19 Career Services Benchmark Survey