The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel was bustling with activity on September 27-28, 2012 as 53 students and 32 companies networked together at St. Louis Interview/Networking Days. On Thursday, an evening reception provided company representatives with the opportunity to interact informally with all the students, and on Friday, over 321 face-to-face interviews were conducted throughout the day. We were excited to have 12 new companies join 20 of our returning “regulars” in this exciting venue that is designed to bring Southeast Missouri State University’s business students into one-on-one contact with employers in the St. Louis area.
Feedback from students and company representatives has been phenomenal. A number of students have already gotten call-backs for second interviews and job offers have been made and accepted. Business studies today for tomorrow’s business successes is the mission of the Harrison College of Business. St. Louis Interview/Networking Days is a key component in fulfilling that mission.
Some of the feedback received from company representatives:
“The best I’ve been to. We’ll be back every year!....Thank you for everything—so impressed w/students and entire events’ experience.”
“Loved this!! Will be back next year!!”
“…SEMO did a terrific job organizing that event! Kudos goes out to you, the SEMO staff and SEMO’s students for making that day very productive!!”
“Thanks again for including us in the career day. Your students were more prepared than 90% of the candidates with whom we speak. Your staff does an outstanding job preparing the students.”
Feedback from students was just as impressive:
"The event was incredible. I think it will bring me a lot of opportunities that I would never have gotten otherwise."
"I think the STL Days was a great success and really helped all of us make contacts and potentially land some future careers."
"It was a great experience and I wish there was one every semester to help those that graduate in May. I am well prepared for interviews now and would recommend it to everyone."
"Overall, this was an excellent event to attend. Even though I won't be graduating until May, I have still been in contact with employers...The help from the School of Business staff was wonderful. They were excited for us, which was nice to see that we have professors and faculty backing us...."
"It definitely helped my nerves to meet with the people who would be interviewing me on Thursday night. By Friday I already felt like I knew them!"
"Overall, this is a great event for meeting employers all over the St. Louis area. I think all business students should attend at least one year as it is a great opportunity to get feedback on the resume and get valuable interview experience."
"Nothing but positive things came out of St. Louis Interview Days."
"Overall, St. Louis Interview Days was a great experience. I have already received a follow up from one of my companies and have started their interview process."
The Sheraton Clayton Plaza has already been booked for September 26-27, 2013 for next year’s event. We hope to see you there!