The Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo was another success this year. There were 87 companies in attendance with 16 companies conducting interviews the day after the Expo.
Below is some of the feedback from the employers:
What qualities did those candidates that you favored most possess?
-“Communications, encourage candidates to relax and be confident”
-“Many presented themselves in a confident manner with great speaking skills. The ability to speak to questions of technical nature set apart from others. For those who have some work experience a great attribute (campus work is considered in this)”
-“Direct communication, willing to share/talk about themselves, calm/collected, comprehensive/thorough”
-“Excellent technical skills, understand job responsibilities and objectives, analytic skills, resume”
-“Strong analytical skills, good communication skills, knowledge of industry and company”
-“Honesty. Our company values honesty and a strong worth ethic. When candidates were talking about resumes you could quickly tell if they were honest. This is because we are all ERAU graduate recruiters”
-“Maturity, preparedness/knowledge of company”
-“Practical experience, well-rounded, multitask”
Do you have any advice for our students to help make them stronger candidates?
-“Obtain more co-ops and internships and get involved in on-campus groups and program”
-“Projects, leadership, organized resume, list GPA if impressive”
-“Research company and know history. Read job responsibilities and functions”
-“Be honest about your background. Do not be afraid to say ‘no, I do not know.”
-“Research website and understand company, prepare specific questions and always be positive when asked about future education opportunities”
-“Students should be encouraged to look at local businesses. It was our impression that many students did not realize the opportunities that presented themselves locally. Also, we found that many of the engineering students liked the area and enjoyed water activities in their spare time, but had not thought of using their degrees with regards to boat-building.”
-“Be sure to do homework before interviews; Check out company website understand their services and initiatives”
-“It is great for Freshmen to come to this event, I would highly encourage it. They gain a lot of experience in the environment and from absorbing the whole process. They should meet with companies they want to work for and at least make introductions to themselves, and each year afterward.”
-“I followed the 3 rules stated by all recruiters:
1. Take on a leadership role within an organization
2. Keep GPA above 3.0
3. Complete one internship before graduation”