Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 1, 2015
Most larger companies will begin recruiting for spring 2016 graduates in the fall/late summer of 2015. The fall campus recruiting season is the most active and therefore, it is important for you to be active during this time as well. Of course you should begin applying for positions, but this is also the time to research the companies that are of interest to you, and to begin networking with those companies. If those companies come to your campus, visit them at the career fair and participate in any other events that they conduct on campus. Also, seek out potential contacts with which to network on LinkedIn and connect with them. Once connected, ask if they are open to informational interviews. All of this will get your name in front of the key decision makers at your target companies and positively impact your brand as a potential employee.