Preparing for Fall Accounting Recruiting
FROM: Kristin Hunt, Employer Relations Manager Career Services, University of Washington Bothell
UPDATE: Click here for the PPT Slides as presented on Sept. 12th, 2012
This memo is to help prepare you for the recruiting activities and choices you will have during your junior year for internships and senior year for full-time positions. Recruiting activities start over the summer and during the beginning of fall quarter and we want you to be prepared! Click Here for PDF Version from May 2012.
WHAT IS ACCOUNTING RECRUITING?
Accounting recruiting consists of local and national public accounting firms, government agencies, industry employers looking to recruit interns and full-time associates for hire. Typically interviews take place on-campus at UW Bothell OR at the company’s office during the month of October. This is the one time of year that most of these companies recruit new hires, so if you are interested in working at any of the organizations participating in the fall accounting recruiting process, this is your chance to work for them for the upcoming winter or summer. The purpose of accounting recruiting is to help you get a great job or internship and explore your career options!
ACCOUNTING RECRUITING ELEGIBILITY
Generally speaking, to be eligible for fall accounting recruiting you must be a junior, senior, or fifth year student with a 3.0 GPA or above. Each firm has different requirements however, so you may be eligible to recruit with just a few firms or you may be eligible for all of them.
FALL RECRUITING CHECKLIST
If you plan to go through public accounting recruiting fall quarter, here is a checklist and timeline for recommended activities:
- Summer (June-August)
Prepare or update your résumé & draft of cover letter
- Need help? Make an appointment with Career Services – http://www.uwb.edu/careers/appointments
“Like” the Accounting Recruiting Facebook Page – this is where you’ll get updates about recruiting events, workshops, job opportunities, etc.
Login and get familiar with HuskyJobs (https://washington-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php) –
- Set up your profile – check that the details are accurate and complete. Your class level, major, and GPA must match recruiter requirements or you’ll be overlooked.
- Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript to the “My Documents” section
Put together your outfit for professional events and interviewing
- For men: suit, shirt and tie, minimal jewelry, no scent, dark socks, highly polished shoes.
- For women: suit (knee-length skirted with nylons or pant) or professional dress, minimal jewelry, no scent, closed toe and highly polished shoes.
- Need help? Visit Career Services for advice on how to dress for an interview or go to http://www.uwb.edu/careers/job-search-tools/interviews/wear.
Get involved with Beta Alpha Psi
- To get involved you can start by attend a meeting.
- For more information visit http://uwbbap.com/ or email Ron Tilden (RTilden@uwb.edu).
Research the companies – Thoroughly research each company’s website. Talk to representatives and alumni at the firms. Know which firms or companies you want to work for.
- Many of the firms will offer summer networking events – do your best to attend as many as you can – this will make you stand out as a candidate.
Audit or Tax? Decide if you want an audit or tax job or internship. Not sure which way you’re leaning? Do a few informational interviews or talk to some of your accounting professors.
CPA Eligible? Are you planning on taking the CPA exam? Determine when you will reach 225 credits and be CPA eligible. You will want to list this information on your resume.
Check your UW email
- We will be communicating details with you over the summer – make sure to keep checking your email, even if you’re not taking classes.
- You will receive an email from Career Services over the summer (in August) with more detailed information about which firms will be on-campus, what the required application materials are, and application deadlines.
Finalize your résumé
- Schedule a résumé critique with Career Services -http://www.uwb.edu/careers/appointments
Upload the finalized version of your résumé and cover letters to HuskyJobs
- This goes under the “My Documents” section. Make sure to accurately name your resume and cover letter (for example, MossAdamsCL.doc), it will simplify the application process.
Find out what the application procedures are for the firms you’re interested in
- The positions will be posted on HuskyJobs and open for applications at the beginning of September. Begin completing your applications right away as each application is different and has different essay questions.
Attend the HuskyJobs and Interview workshops
- Led by Career Services, these workshops will be offered during the summer and the first week of classes. Check out the Facebook page for more information and look for an email from the Career Center and/or Ron Tilden in August.
Attend firm events!
- Attend pizza dinners, office visits, information sessions at UW Seattle or other special firm events, including “Meet the Professionals Night,” which is typically the first Friday in October.
- Information on dates and times available on the Facebook page or from Beta Alpha Psi.
Submit your applications
- Submit ALL of your application materials for each of the firms with which you wish to interview through HuskyJobs
- The deadline to submit your application materials will vary by firm, but typically this date is the first week of October.
Prepare for interviews
- Most firms and private companies are adopting “behavioral interviews.” Applicants are asked questions about their competencies via prior experiences. It’s important to have concrete examples and stories of how you’ve managed projects, resolved conflict, solved problems, etc.
- Schedule a mock interview with Career Services.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the firm or notified through HuskyJobs
- Please check your HuskyJobs account and pay attention to emails from HuskyJobs since you may be notified of your interview that way.
- If you are selected to interview via HuskyJobs, you will sign-up for an interview time through your HuskyJobs account.
Participate in on-campus interviews and first round of off-campus interviews
- The interviews will occur sometime during the month of October.
- November/December: If you move forward into second round interviews, you will be interviewing on-site with firms during November. Job and Internship offers are typically made in late November or early December.
Keep us informed! When you are asked for a second interview, made an offer or have accepted/rejected an offer let us know!
Questions?: Visit the Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/UWBAccountingRecruiting) to find documents, instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, notices, event dates, etc. You can also email Kristin Hunt, Employer Relations Manager at email@example.com or call 425-352-5408.
We’re looking forward to working with you this summer and fall!
Career Services, University of Washington Bothell