One of the most exciting events at the annual SWE conferences is the Hospitality Suites. This event consists of a series of rooms in the conference center featuring numerous companies. Each suite will give you insight into the company culture as several employees will be available for casual networking.
If you are looking for a job or internship, be sure to check out the companies you’d like to target for applications – networking opportunities can lead to interviews, and will certainly give you more information about what the company values and how the company operates.
Even if you’re not currently looking for a position, visiting the hospitality suites can still help you build your network and stretch your networking skills!
Some tips to keep in mind while milling through the hospitality suites:
- Each suite will typically provide some appetizers and potentially alcoholic beverages. If you decide to drink any alcohol offered, be responsible. Remember that you have had a long and exhausting day at conference so you may start to feel tipsy sooner than usual!
- Not sure which companies to look at? Attend the hospitality suites with friends! Get a broad overview of different company cultures, regardless of specific field.
- Talk to a variety of people at a number of different suites – you can get new ideas about jobs that you might be interested in!
- Bring business cards! These are an amazing networking tool – by exchanging business cards, you can continue your networking connections after conference.
If you are attending WE18 in Minneapolis, the hospitality suites will be Thursday, October 18th, from 8:00-10:00PM. Look for the Hospitality Suites in the conference app or online planner for a list of hosting companies!
We are pleased to announce Praxair is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception (Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm) and the Rapid Fire research presentation competition at WE18. Through this sponsorship, Praxair and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Praxair is interested in students like you!
Praxair is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.
Check out their career areas and/or career opportunities for more information. If you’d like, feel free to explore their social media on LinkedIn and Instagram!
We are pleased to announce Autodesk is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception at WE18 (Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm). Through this sponsorship, Autodesk and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Autodesk is interested in students like you! They hire interns in many business functions including Engineering, Design, and Business so feel free to come prepared with questions you may have about their program!
Whether you are attending the conference or not, be sure to check out their Careers Page for more information. Learn about their career opportunities for graduating students.
Check out their LinkedIn and even their Instagram!
You are interviewing for your dream job, how do you prepare? Every email, phone call or interview conversation you have with the recruiter or company is important.
The basic list of topics are found below:
- Review your resume
- Review the job description
- Research the company
- Practice the STAR interviewing method
Everyone prepares for interview differently. I spend a lot of time researching the people and the company. Personally, I have found the following to be critical:
- Research the interviewers through Linkedin
- Prepare specific questions for each interviewer
- Try to determine the following through the interview:
- The leadership style of your manager.
- The work environment.
- The overall atmosphere of the company.
If possible finish all your prep for the interview in the afternoon before. This will allow you to relax the night before the interview. Day of the interview
- Leave an extra half an hour early
- Find a local coffee place where you can go if you are early
- Stay positive and focused the entire interview – turn off or completely silence your phone
- Take notes while each person is talking
- Give business cards to each person
- Follow-up within 24 hours with a thank you email to all interviewers whose contact information you have. Your notes will help to make each email individualized.
The most overlooked step is making sure to interview the employees of the company. Do not be afraid to ask the tough questions. When you are talking to other employees, try to determine the work environment. What is my ideal manager? How will I grow under the leadership?
Overall, if you want to have a good interview, you must prepare.