I would assume that most of us have had at least one interview. My first ever interview was for a job at Taco Bell when I was 16. Surprisingly, there are not a ton of differences between having an interview with Taco Bell and having one to be an intern at one of America’s Fortune 500 companies. Not to mention that there are not a lot of differences between interviewing at a company’s headquarters (or wherever their interviews might be) as opposed to interviewing at UMD.
You may be asking yourself, “Why would I interview at UMD if I am applying for a job at Target or Thomson Reuters?” for example. That is a good question, and has a simple answer: convenience. I won’t speak for everyone, but the majority of us students are busy people and do not have time to drive to Minneapolis for a day where we will interview for maybe 30 minutes, at most. This gives all students a great reason to take advantage of interviewing on our campus.
It is a great resource that at times seems somewhat underused. Though you need to be qualified for the interviews, i.e., certain GPA, a particular major, etc., it is quite simple to sign up.
To sign up for an interview you need to have an active GoldPASS account. All UMD students have free access to GoldPASS and can use it whenever they would like.
When you have a completed profile (fill out the required fields and you will be good to go) look at the top of the page, and there will be a gold bar with five drop down boxes. The second to last one will read “On-Campus Interviews.”
You will want to hover over that and then select the “Sign-up for Interviews you qualify for” underneath.
All you have to do from there is browse the posted companies and select which positions that you want to interview for.
You can rest assured that the interviewers that come in are from exceptional and well-established companies, so you know that you have legitimate opportunities when they interview you. Half the challenge is getting the interview, but once you are there it is essentially a conversation that is all about you! The process of getting an interview can be a challenge, but on-campus interviews at UMD take a lot of the stress and hassle out of the process.
So, take advantage of another one of the great resources that we have here at Career & Internship Services. If for whatever reason those 400 some words were just a bunch of jibberish that made me sound like the most confusing person ever, come to Career & Internship Services and we will personally assist you!