On-Campus Information Sessions
An information session allows you to communicate your organization's brand and mission as well as describe employment opportunities and career paths to potential candidates. While an information session is typically used to complement on-campus interviews, it can also be a stand-alone event.
We invite all organizations hiring for permanent, full-time, degreed career opportunities or for internships related to specific degrees (e.g. economics, engineering) to organize an information session. The type of information session you hold and when you hold it will largely depend on the purpose of your event.
Purpose of Your Information Session:
- Create Awareness - Some companieshold information sessions to create awareness of your organization.
This type of information session can be held several weeks prior to your interview
date or even without a scheduled interview date as an effective way to:
- Increase your campus presence and visibility
- Stimulate interest by providing a company and career path overview
- Communicate your recruitment process to candidates
- Collect resumes from potential candidates
- Maximize Interview Time - This type of session is most effective when scheduled the day before your interview
date. This session can be used to:
- Meet candidates in an informal setting prior to one-on-one interviews to reduce nervousness for the candidates and increase their knowledge of your company
- Explain details about your recruiting process to students who have signed up for interviews
- Address topics such as your corporate culture, benefits packages and other topics that otherwise would take up valuable interview time
- Talk to candidates who did not submit a resume in advance in order to fill any available interview slots on your interview schedule
Do you need an information session?
With over 100 employer information sessions being conducted during the fall and spring semesters, there is a great deal of competition for student attention. Information sessions are a great opportunity to build your company’s presence on campus - however, students will not simply show up without effort on your part. We encourage you to consider the purpose of your information session and then publicize it appropriately.
Schedule Your Session
Call 801-585-3298 to schedule one of our rooms for an on-campus information session. Space is limited so make your request as soon as possible. Once your reservation is confirmed, our recruiting coordinator, Sara Jarman, will be available to help you arrange catering, audiovisual needs, room set-up, etc.
Publicize Your Event
If your information session is scheduled in conjunction with your interview date, it will be publicized to students online on our events calendar, the student’s version of UCareerPath.
Other ways to publicize your event
- You can invite student organizations to your information session to increase attendance. Names and contact information for all student organizations can be found on ASUU’s Student Group Hub.
- If your event is open, you can advertise your session in The Daily Utah Chronicle, the independent student newspaper. Ads placed the day before or on the day of the presentation seem to get the most response.
4 Tips for Success
- Publicize, publicize, publicize
- Just in case you didn't catch it the first time, publicizing your event is critical. Career Services will post the event in UCareerPath; however, due to the high number of information sessions held at the University of Utah, we are not able to market each information session nor do we maintain an RSVP list.
- Come at the Right Time
- Fall Semester: Mid-September through the end of October
- Spring Semester: Mid-February through the end of March
- Days: Monday through Thursday
- Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Invite potential candidates
- If you are holding an information session the day before your interviews for selected candidates only, it is strongly suggested that you email all students on your schedules to invite them to attend.
- NOTE: Mandatory evening events are strongly discouraged. Students may have evening classes and exams that conflict with evening events.
- Educate and entertain
- Students say the best information sessions:
- Last only about an hour
- Offer an opportunity for Q&A or one-on-one discussions
- Include information about the company besides what is available on the website
- Include personal accounts from recent hires about what it is like to work for the company
- The promise of food always boosts attendance
- Students say the best information sessions: