Employer Information Sessions

Scheduling Successful Employer Information Sessions

An Employer Information Session is an educational presentation that allows organizations to communicate their brand and mission, and describe opportunities and career paths with students. With more than 300 employer information sessions being conducted throughout the year, there is a great deal of competition for student attention. Planning an event that is appropriate for your firm's hiring needs and presence on campus is the best road to success. We strongly recommend that your organization schedules one employer information session representing the different functions for which you are hiring rather than a separate session for each function or division. You may want to discuss your plans with the Recruiting Managers.

We ask all organizations, regardless of where your information session will be held, to adhere to our Employer Information Session procedures. It is imperative that we be aware of all of your recruiting activities so that we may advertise them to our student body, facilitate your visit and assist, wherever possible, in avoiding scheduling conflicts. Please Note: We do not schedule competing employers in the same time-slot.

The first available information session date is Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Employer Information Sessions are hour-long events, beginning on the hour, Monday to Thursday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.

To increase your visibility on campus, you should consider attending our fall corporate career fair, Career Link (for opportunities in business), which typically attracts over 1,400 students. To promote engineering and technical opportunities, you should attend the fall Engineering Career Day, which also typically attracts over 1,400 students. To view a comprehensive list of career fairs organized by Career Services, please click here.

Employer Information Session Procedures

Schedule your interview dates PRIOR to scheduling an information session, so you can plan the timing of your session accordingly. We find the most effecrtive time to have your general Employer Information Session is during the student resume submission period. It is imperative you be aware of recruiting deadlines and holidays that may affect participation at your event. Please see the 2014-2015 On-Campus Recruiting Deadlines Calendar and Academic Calendar for important university recruiting dates and deadlines.
Requests to schedule employer information sessions during the 2014-2015 Academic Term will be accepted in PennLink (not via email or telephone) beginning at 12:00 noon EDT on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 for Pathways advertisers and corporate donors. All other employers may submit their requests starting Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon EDT.
  • After logging into PennLink, click the "Request New OCR Employer Information Session" link.
  • Complete and submit the Information Session form. Make sure to include all fields. Be sure to select an alternate presentation date in the event your first choice is not available. You will need to complete a separate form for each presentation you wish to schedule.
  • Please be patient in awaiting your information session confirmation from the On-Campus Recruiting office.
  • Guidelines for arranging audiovisual support, catering, and the shipment of materials for your employer information session can be viewed here.

Publicity & Marketing

  • Advertise your session in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper, which publishes 7,000 copies on campus Monday-Thursday. Ads placed a few days before and on the day of the presentation seem to get the most response. Internet advertising is also available, with online ads linking to your company's website or recruiting page.
  • Your employer information session will be publicized online in the Career Services Calendar and in PennLink, our online recruiting system. This advertising is only done if your information session was coordinated through the On-Campus Recruiting office.
  • If you are having an information session the Night Before your interviews, it is very strongly suggested that you contact all students on your schedules to invite them to attend - otherwise, they may think it is an optional event.

For questions about Employer Information Sessions not answered here, please contact us.