I am a VP at a BB in a BO role. In addition to my daily duties, I'm also assigned to HR to work with the summer analyst program. Last year I had 3 SAs working for me and this year I've also been assigned to some OCR activities. I'll remain a little vague for my own privacy, but let's just say that this recruiting season I've been involved with a career fair and another recruiting night event (think of like case competitions and things like that).
I'm open to keeping this as an AMA and will reply as time allows. Here's some things I'll pass on:
1 - When you rep at a career fair, HR only wants you to send them the best resumes.
So, most of the time your resume is going to end up in the trash. The resumes that I held onto (and requested interviews for) were the ones who presented themselves well, showed enthusiasm for my company and were well-spoken in their replies. Don't just jump into introducing yourself; say hello, ask about my day, thank the reps for coming out to visit your school. This type of "soft" approach goes a long way towards me remembering you and writing a positive note about you.
2 - At most large companies, recruiting is a nightmare.
It's super hard to co-ordinate people's schedules and make sure that interviews are carried out in time to fill positions. So, when I ask you to send in your resume do it right away! I had to turn down at least 3 candidates this year because they took 5 days after a career fair to send me their resume - my deadline was 2 days after the event. One of them told me that they had to revise their resume before sending it to me - you're at a career fair, you should have a copy ready to go, otherwise you're wasting your time.
3 - Be on LinkedIn.
Yes, I know this may sound basic to some of you, but there's still plenty of students out there that are not on LI and you're missing out. Most recruiters that I know live and die by LI and I am also 10x more likely to reply to your LI message than via my corporate email.
4 - Don't lose hope.
Yes, not everyone will get an SA position but there's always full-time after your senior year, there's always another position down the road in your career. Just because I can't pick you today doesn't mean that we won't cross paths again. It's a small world out there and job postings are coming up every day. Make the best impression you can and stay in contact.