The last job I applied for was a Risk Management Assistant position with OSU’s Insurance and Risk Management Services. I applied for the position in January of 2019, was hired later that month, and I have been working in this role ever since. Overall, I had a really positive recruitment experience. Looking back, the initial application process felt very impersonal. Because it was a job posted at OSU, the process to apply went through an application portal that is used for all student jobs. This portal served its purpose, but it was not directly related to the department on campus I would be working for, and it did not help me form any kind of connection to the people or role. The portal was very straightforward and the questions asked of me when I applied were relevant to the job. Following this step, I was contacted shortly after the window to apply closed, and I was reached out to personally by an employee of the Risk department to schedule an interview. My email exchanges with this employee were very friendly and I was excited for my interview. Come my interview, I was pleasantly surprised by how well I meshed with the two individuals who interviewed me. I had expected a very formal and serious tone to the interview, however, the two individuals who I sat down with made me feel at ease. I was handed a sheet of 7 or 8 questions that they would ask me, which allowed me to view them all over briefly and also take a second look at the question while I spoke, if needed.
The most memorable part of this recruitment experience was the interview portion. The two employees who interviewed me came across as very warm and unthreatening, and this helped calm my nerves and gave me confidence. I got the impression that I would really like working with these people and in this particular environment. The interviewers were very honest and straightforward with me about the role and what they were looking for. I appreciated this, and it ended up being a truly great fit.