With recruiting season around the corner, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Our Crowe BGK team wants you to succeed, so we put together a list of our top 7 tips for you to ace recruitment.
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1. Do Your Homework
Nobody you meet during recruitment expects you to be an expert on their firm (or even on accounting in general). They do expect you to ask educated questions and be knowledgeable about the field you are going into. Make sure you go into recruiting events knowing about each firm’s specialties and structure. Also, make sure you understand how the CPA process works; that way, you can focus on getting to learn more about the opportunities and culture of each firm.
2. Practice an Elevator Pitch
Firms meet with so many equally-qualified students it may take effort to stick out from the crowd. If you had one minute to sell yourself, what would you say? What differentiates you from another candidate? Why are you going into accounting? Do not save this information for the interview. Instead, use these personable moments to make a lasting impression.
3. Update Your LinkedIn
Be sure to include key information such as your contact information, school and expected graduation date. You can even add a professional photo. Connecting with our team members on LinkedIn can help you stay top of mind.
4. Engage with all Recruiters
You never know who makes the final decision, so it is important to speak to everyone you meet and treat everyone with respect regardless of their level – always put your best foot forward. As you talk to more individuals, you will understand the firm’s culture and what distinguishes it from other firms.
5. Ask Meaningful Questions
Avoid asking general questions you can find on the firm’s website or social media or that you could have learned at an information session. Your time is limited during recruiting, so ask questions that matter in your decision-making. The questions you ask representatives will help you figure out what firm you want to work at and give the firm a better idea of who you are.
6. Take the Time to Say Thank You
Whether you met for a few minutes at an information session or participated in a firm tour, sending a thank you note or email shows that you are interested and appreciate the time the recruiter took to answer your questions. This small gesture can leave a lasting impression.
7. Make the Best Choice for You
If you are in a position where you receive multiple offers, you may find it difficult to choose which firm to work for. Don’t make a decision based on outside pressure. Where do you see yourself working and supported? Where do you have the greatest chance to learn and grow professionally? It is time to make your mark in the professional world, so make this important decision for yourself and no one else.