Accountancy Career Fair Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Is this career fair the same as the all-campus fairs held in the Convocation Center?

The Department of Accountancy conducts its own career fairs which are restricted to upper-division accountancy majors. Students who attend are juniors, seniors and graduate students who major in accountancy at NIU. We work closely with NIU Career Services, but this event is not listed on the Career Services website and is definitely a separate event.

How many students attend a career fair?

We expect over 200 students at the Career Fair.

What types of positions are these students seeking?

NIU accountancy students may work at an academic internship after they complete two semesters in the upper-division program; they are eligible for an internship in the summer after their junior year.  Juniors who attend the Spring Career Fair are typically seeking an internship in the Summer or Fall of the same year or in the Spring of the following year.  Seniors who attend the Spring Career Fair may be seeking an internship in the Summer or Fall of the same year or in the Spring of the following year.  Seniors who choose not to pursue a graduate degree at NIU may be looking for a full-time job.  Graduate students may be looking for a Summer internship or a full-time position.

Are employers required to adhere to the Job Offer Policy?

Yes, all employers who register for the Accountancy Career Fair are assumed to adhere to the Job Offer Policy. In essence, this policy requires all students to have at least two weeks to consider a job offer for an internship or a full-time position. All offers extended during the Spring 2020 semester must expire no sooner than March 16, 2020.

Must we post an open job on Huskies Get Hired to attend the career fair?

Students attending the fair expect that employers have open positions and that employers will be interviewing students in the two to three weeks after the career fair. Students attending the fair must post a resume to Huskies Get Hired and must register in advance.

May employers require students to complete an employer-exclusive application?

Some employers require applicants to use Huskies Get Hired plus an application on the employer’s website. This may be confusing to students, so employers should be very clear and concise in explaining any additional application requirements to students.

Are resume books available on Huskies Get Hired?

Yes, students do post resumes into semester-specific “resume books” for internships and into a general accountancy resume book for full-time positions. Employers who post jobs on Huskies Get Hired can access these resume books and may contact any student who has posted in a book. For more help with resume books, contact Carolyn Ramsey in NIU Career Services at 815-753-7170.

Career Fair Logistics

Where is the Accountancy Career Fair held?

The fair is held in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center. The Holmes Student Center is located in the middle of campus and has a multi-story tower.

What time does Career Fair check-in and setup begin?

Check-in and setup begin at 5 p.m.

What size table(s) do we have?

Each table is six (6) feet in length.

Is there help available if needed to carry items in?

Yes! Accountancy students will be present on the east side of the Holmes Student Center to carry in career fair materials. These students will be wearing accountancy polo shirts.

How much space is there between booths?

There is about three (3) feet between booths.

Is electric power available?

Yes, please indicate this on the registration form. Tables can be located close to an electric outlet.

Is Wi-Fi connectivity available at the Holmes Student Center?

Students, faculty, staff and guests can take advantage of open wireless networking at the Holmes Student Center.

May we send recruiting materials in advance of the Career Fair?

Yes, materials may be shipped directly to:

Kristy Ross
Barsema Hall 345
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

Please arrange for materials to arrive at Barsema Hall by Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Please send an email to Kristy Ross, alerting us that a package is coming to us. The Accountancy staff will transport shipped materials from Barsema to the Holmes Student Center. The accountancy staff will transport shipped materials from Barsema Hall to the Holmes Student Center.

Do not simply ship materials to "Northern Illinois University" or "Holmes Student Center." Such method will result in materials entering NIU Central Receiving, and they will not be available in a timely manner.

Where can we park during career fairs?

The visitor parking lot is a surface lot located half a block south and west of the Holmes Student Center. The main campus parking deck is located one block south of the Holmes Student Center and may be accessed via Normal Road. Get more information about parking at the Holmes Student Center.

Do you require names of our attendees prior to the event?

No, but we'd like a count of the number of attendees prior to the event.

What is the Career Fair dress code?

For students: Business professional
For employers: It varies. Some firms come in business professional, others wear business casual.

Questions about Recruiting?

Contact Tamara Phelan, Director of Accountancy Internships, at 815-753-6208 or tphelan@niu.edu 

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