Asked by JB on March 28, 2013
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on April 8, 2013
1. Internship experience that outlines specific deliverables and achievements. (Something more than "provided customer service." --> "Increased customer service survey scores by 15% during a 3 month internship."
2. A strong GPA
3. Significant leadership and/or volunteerism
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on April 9, 2013
Thanks for the question!
I am impressed when a student has an intern or co-op assignment and, in addition to the basic facts (job title, location, company, responsibilities, etc.), he/she lists concrete accomplishments during that assignment and how those accomplishments furthered the project or work. To me this demonstrates that the student understood the impact of his/her work.
I am also impressed with students who have paid a significant part, or all, of their college tuition by working while going to college. Additionally impressive is when they maintain a great GPA in the process. That signifies to me that the student has worked hard and earned his/her way.
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on April 10, 2013
I think this question will receive a different answer from each person you ask - it's kind of a personal preference.
I always look at accomplishments that a person lists under each position they have held - that helps me understand not just what they did but how well they did it. I also like to see leadership experience outside of the work environment, too. Officer positions with student groups while in college, committee leadership or project leadership for non-profit organizations. It shows me that this person brings a lot of potential, not just for the position we are considering them for today, but for the future.
Answered by Kristin, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on April 11, 2013
I am in complete agreement with John...any student that has paid a significant portion or all of their tuition by working while attending college always gets my attention. A high GPA in addition, shows a level of dedication and commitment that we don't see all the time these days.
In addition, I also am impressed when I see longevity with a company coupled with progressing advancement within the organization. It is a tell tale sign that the organization most likely views this person as a high performer and as such has rewarded them with increasing levels of responsibility.