Timelines and tips on preparing for full-time and internship recruiting in tech

Our employer team has been speaking with our tech employers and we’ve compiled what they had to say about their hiring plans and processes for 2021-2022 recruiting cycle.

Check out the latest information about recruiting timelines below and read on for strategies and resources for staying current about recruiting at specific firms, preparing your applications, and getting ready for interviews. 

Facebook recruiter at a Tech Connect event in Lerner Auditorium.

Recruiting Timelines 2021-2022

Postings

Internships and early-career roles are expected to be posted in late July through early September. This is a good time to look in LionSHARE and on company websites.

Wrap-up BY END OF DECEMBER

The entire recruiting cycle for tech roles is expected to wrap up by the end of December.

Non-Tech roles with tech companies

If you’re looking for a non-technical role in the tech space, many of those will start to be posted around the beginning of the year. The recruiting cycle for these roles tends to come a little later than the tech-focused positions. 

Staying Current About Recruiting at Specific Firms

Here are a few ways to stay up-to-date on trends in recruiting and learn company-specific hiring information.

  • Develop a target list of employers.  See Vault’s list of Best Technology Companies to find potential companies of interest to you. 
  • Favorite companies on LionSHARE, tech job boards, and LinkedIn. 
    • On  LionSHARE, you can review and apply for jobs and internships, participate in on-campus interviewing, and see and RSVP for information sessions and recruiting events.  Also, you can review company profiles on LionSHARE and note any recruiter contact information.  If you have questions that you can’t find answers to on company websites, you can reach out to recruiters directly.   
      • Note: Not every employer will post positions in LionSHARE. Some employers may post positions only on their own platforms. 
  • Bookmark the websites of companies of interest.
  • Make a profile on each company’s careers page or student careers page and sign up for alerts about the type of position that you’re seeking. Some companies will only post positions on their own website.

ADDitional toolS for your search

  • You’ll find lists of job boards on our industry exploration pages in the Engineering and Tech and Startup sections.
  • You can use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to check out alumni majors, career paths, and organizations and stay abreast of info from the inside. You also  have access to school specific contacts to connect with alumni - Resources for Connecting with Alumni
  • Use our tracker tools to manage deadlines, the status of your application, and next steps along with other key information to keep yourself organized.

Application Tips

Rolling Deadlines

 Apply sooner (as soon as you are ready) rather than later for any rolling deadlines to increase your chances.

Tailor Materials

Ensure that your application materials, including your resume and cover letter, are updated and tailored to each position. Feel free to schedule a career counseling appointment to build your skills to create or improve your internship or job application materials. 

Resume resources:

Interview Process

The interview process is similar for internships and full-time positions. Each organization has its own version of a multi-tiered process, so be prepared to engage in a number of assessments and interviews.

Here are some common elements in tech recruiting:

  • Technical Assessment: After the application, you may receive an invite to participate in a preliminary assessment activity. This may be some sort of coding assignment, project, or evaluation.
  • Recruiter Screen: You may be asked to speak to a recruiter before or after a tech screen. The recruiter will likely ask more traditional and behavioral interview-type questions including asking about your interest in the role and company. 
  • Technical Screen: Anticipate speaking to someone on the team you might be working on, so they can assess some of your technical skills. This may take the form of a phone screen or a more formal interview.
  • Final Interviews: Count on some version of the final interview(s) where you will engage with various teams and managers. You may be participating in a number of different interview formats throughout the day. 

The entire process could take 3-6 weeks, especially during the very structured recruiting season from September – October and if the organization has multiple stages in the process.

Interview Preparation

We have many resources to help you prepare for an interview, including:

ADDITIONAL INTERVIEW RESOURCES

Connect with us to prepare for recruiting season

We are open all summer to support you in your internship or job search process. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions!

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