Audrey Inniger is a campaign recruiting program specialist here at Vantiv. As college career fair season is about to kick off, I asked her what she loves about her job, and what advice she has for college students approaching recruiting tables at their college's job fair.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love the variety; truly no day is the same! I experience the most variation in regards to the different groups with which I work. From current students to University career services to the business functions I support, there is a wide range of partners I encounter on a daily basis, who I am always learning from.
Also, I love the opportunity for growth throughout campus recruiting initiatives at Vantiv. As our campus recruiting programs are fairly young when compared to other organizations, this leaves room to experiment with new ideas in order to attract talent.
I know, I know – This is two favorites, but there is a lot to like about my role!
How did you get into HR?
Funny enough, I started my college career at Miami University (Go Redhawks!) believing I wanted to be a Speech Pathologist. After realizing the years of school required and the amount of tuition debt I’d accumulate, I stumbled upon an internship within Human Resources, as a Generalist. After my internship, I changed my major to Business Management & Leadership, with a focus in Human Resources. As I had several mentors from my first internship through Miami University, my mentors advised me to begin my Human Resources career within Talent Acquisition. I took their advice and began my fulltime career hiring in-house talent for a small PR and Marketing software company. Through this position, I was asked to build a campus recruiting program, which I enjoyed immensely. In February 2016, I joined Vantiv and the rest is history!
What are some tips for college students or recent graduates looking to stand out at a job fair?
Showcase what makes you, YOU. The best and most memorable conversations I have are those in which the student talks about their passions, interests, and quirks. Enjoy skydiving? Have a passion for cooking international fare? Rap music enthusiast? Tell me about it! Highlighting those characteristics will make you most memorable at the career fair and will spark a more natural relaxed conversation.
Do you have any advice for college students or recent graduates on acing their first interview?
Do your homework, which includes homework on the company, on the people you are interviewing with, on the city where the role is located. LinkedIn should be your best friend!
Once you’ve done your homework, prepare thoughtful questions to ask the recruiter or hiring manager in which you are interviewing.
Can you do a little “myth-busting” on any career advice you’ve heard dispensed that is flat-out wrong?
“Accept the highest paying job offer.”
Money doesn’t buy happiness. Although salary is one factor to consider, also consider the company culture, your team (especially your direct manager), as well as career advancement opportunities.
Want to know when Vantiv will be recruiting at your college or university? Click here for a list of our upcoming career fairs.