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Recruiting Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I have never recruited business students at Penn State, what is my first step?
2. How do I advertise job postings and set up interview schedules for internships and full-time positions?
3. Where do the interviews take place?
4. If I have a full time position I am seeking to fill, do I need to offer an interview to a student who previously interned with my firm?
5. Is there a schedule of career events?
6. What is the timeframe for interviewing students for full-time positions and internships?
7. When do Smeal students select their major?
8. How do I obtain a student’s transcript?
9. How do you read a student’s transcript?
10. What can I tell about the student’s course of study from his or her transcript?
11. Are all business students Smeal students?
12. Are there dual majors within the Smeal College of Business?
13. What minors are available to Smeal students?
14. What is the two-piece sequence I hear student’s talking about?
15. What do I do if I can't hire International Students?
16. Can the department release major information? What other information is available to recruiters?
17. What are the most useful web pages for recruiters?
18. What are the policies for extending offers to candidates?

If I have never recruited business students at Penn State, what is my first step?

Contact Meg Brower, Associate Director of Corporate Outreach. She will assess your situation and put you in touch with the appropriate contacts.
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How do I advertise job postings and set up interview schedules for internships and full-time positions?

For undergraduate internship and co-op opportunities, contact Krista White, Internship Manager (Smeal).  For MBA full-time and internship opportunities, contact Carol Lockard.  For full-time positions, contact Leslie Pollard, Recruiting Coordinator (Career Services).
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Where do the interviews take place?

Interviews are typically held in either 114 Business Building or the Bank of America Career Services Center. To reserve interview rooms, contact Krista, Carol or Leslie (see above for contact information).
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If I have a full time position I am seeking to fill, do I need to offer an interview to a student who previously interned with my firm?

No. It is up to you as the recruiter to decide whether you would like to re-interview the student for the full-time position or make an offer based on the performance during the internship.
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Is there a schedule of career events?

Yes, the career events calendar. This calendar contains basic event information to assist in your recruitment planning purposes.
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What is the timeframe for interviewing students for full-time positions and internships?

Fall 2012 on-campus interviews begin on October 1st and run through December 14th.  Spring 2013 on-campus interviews begin January 28th and run through April 26.

If you are seeking Accounting or MAcc students, helpful information for planning purposes will be listed on the recruiting calendar.
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When do Smeal Undergraduate students select their major?

Students apply for their majors in the spring of their sophomore year. Students can indicate up to three different majors in rank order. The departments admit students on the basis of their GPAs. Some Departments impose a GPA cutoff. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement for their first choice are considered for their second (or third) choice of major.
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How do I obtain a student’s transcript?

When posting your position through SmealConnect, you can request that applicants submit an unofficial transcript as part of the application process.
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How do you read a student’s transcript?

All courses for each major within Smeal have a corresponding prefix:

Course prefix and corresponding course name
PrefixCourse Name
ACCTG Accounting
FIN Finance
MGMT Management
MIS Management Information Systems
MKTG Marketing
R M Risk Management (Enterprise Risk Management, Real Estate, Actuarial Science Options)
SCM Supply Chain & Information Systems

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What can I tell about the student’s course of study from his or her transcript?

The student transcript provides a breakdown of courses per semester with the grade for each course, along with the cumulative GPA per semester. At the top of each transcript, you will find the high school they attended and the year the student started at Penn State. The bottom of the page indicates several items: major, college, minors, any changes to their transcript (such as being accepted into a graduate program), study abroad information, and possibly a few other miscellaneous items such as any transfer credits. If the student received academic credit for an internship or co-op through BA 395A, the bottom section of the transcript will also contain the name of the company with which the student had the internship or co-op.
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Are all business students Smeal students?

Some students enter Smeal as first-year students; although not all Smeal students begin their studies at University Park. Many Smeal students spend their first and second years at another Penn State campus. Additionally, students who are not admitted to Smeal as a first-year student, but who wish to pursue a business degree, are enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). DUS students who meet the entrance-to-major requirements of a Smeal major are admitted to Smeal in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Smeal students receive a Bachelor of Science with a major in one of the following: Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Risk Management or Supply Chain & Information Systems. Smeal students take their major courses at University Park. Some other Penn State campuses also offer a Bachelor of Science in business majors. Additionally, some other Penn State campuses offer the Bachelor of Science in Business, or BSB degree, and some campuses offer associates degrees in business.
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Are there dual majors within the Smeal College of Business?

No. Smeal students may have concurrent or double majors with another college, e.g., a second major in economics through the College of Liberal Arts. The only exception to this policy is for Masters of Accounting (MAcc) students. Only Smeal Accounting and Finance majors are admitted into the MAcc program. A Finance major admitted to the MAcc Program is registered as a concurrent Accounting/Finance major.
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What minors are available to Smeal students?

Smeal students can take any minors provided through Penn State. The minors available through the Smeal College of Business are:

  • Information Systems Management (ISM)
  • International Business (IB)
  • Legal Environment of Business (LEBUS)
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems & Technology (IST & SCM)

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What is the two-piece sequence I hear student’s talking about?

To allow students to broaden their knowledge of a functional area of business outside of their majors, each department offers 2-3 courses to all Smeal students.
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What do I do if I can't hire International students?

Through your SmealConnect account, you have the option to filter the students who have applied to your postings based on their visa sponsorship status. Instructions on how to do this are listed on each employer’s homepage.
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Can the department release major information? What other information is available to recruiters?

Yes, as long as the student does not have “confidentiality” listed on his/her account. Major is considered part of “directory information” (the information on a student’s record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy). Directory information includes:

  1. Student Name
  2. Address (local, permanent residence and electronic mail)
  3. Telephone number
  4. Class level (semester class or level: first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, etc.)
  5. Major
  6. Student activities
  7. Weight/height (athletic teams)
  8. Dates of attendance
  9. Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, or not enrolled)
  10. Date of graduation
  11. Degrees and awards received and where received
  12. Most recent educational institution attended

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What are the most useful web pages for recruiters?

Smeal Career and Corporate Connections

Smeal Undergraduate Education

Smeal MBA Program Website

Smeal Academic Departments
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What are the policies for extending offers to candidates?

We ask that employers communicate decisions to candidates within a reasonable time frame and communicate that time frame to the candidates. We ask that employers provide a reasonable time frame for acceptance of offers extended to candidates. No candidate should be given less than ten (10) business days to make a decision on an offer; our preference is 15 to 25 business days. If employing organizations make full-time offers to previous interns, we ask that a response be required no earlier than November 1st to allow students to fully participate in fall on-campus interviewing and career fairs. Employers are expected to refrain from using any undue pressure to accept the job offer (including, but not limited to, rescission of offer if not accepted in less than the two-week time frame), or to renege on an acceptance of another offer.
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