Career Management

Career Close-Up Events

Willamette's Career Close-up Events include Personalized Career Fairs, Employer Spotlights, Mock Interviews, and Company Treks.  These personalized career-focused events are designed to provide students with small group or one-on-one interactions with employers and corporate partners.  Employers and Recruiters tell us that they prefer small group interactions with an opportunity to get to know students on an informal basis.  Students also prefer the intimate atmosphere of our career events with opportunities to get to know employers over candid conversations.  Over time, many of these initial relationships result in internships and job offers. 

Description of Events

Personalized Career Fairs
Unlike traditional large career fairs, our Personalized Career Fairs allow small group and individual interactions.  To engage both employers and students, these events are highly choreographed and involve two simultaneous activities.  

The first activity is small group information sessions (similar to "speed dating").  Five to ten students sit at each round table in the room. Each employer is assigned to a particular table to start with and has 10-15 minutes to give an overview on their company and engage the students in discussion.  A bell is rung and the employer rotates to the next table for the next 10-15 minutes and so on until each employer has visited every table.  What is amazing is that students become interested in companies they would have never visited at a traditional career fair and employers are able to engage with a small group and identify potential talent.

The second simultaneous activity is 10-15 minute mock interviews.  Each second-year student is scheduled with 2 to 3 mock interviews. 

These Personalized Career Fairs have been highly rated by both students and employers.  They are typically held on Fridays when students do not have class and are typically between 3-4 hours, but we are flexible if your schedule only allows you to join for a limited duration.

Employer Spotlights
Spend a lunch hour with students, sharing about your organization, its hiring opportunities for MBA candidates, as well as your own personal career path.  Lunch provided by Career Management.  AV equipment available.  Employer Spotlights typically take place on Wednesdays during the Career Management Hour (12:00pm-1:00pm) on the Salem campus, but we are happy to accomodate you on a different day/time/location if you prefer.   

Mock Interviews
Participate as a Mock Interviewer!  Students customize a resume and cover letter for a posted mock job, then have a face-to-face mock interview with a professional.  As a Mock Interviewer, you will be given a sample interview format and questions that you are welcome (but not required) to use.  You will then be asked to complete a brief evaluation and provide verbal feedback to the student interviewee, for future improvement.  Students come away from Mock Interviews better prepared for their real interviews to come.  As an employer, Mock Interviews give you an opportunity to see the quality of Willamette MBA candidates for your own potential hiring needs.   

Company Treks
Let students experience your organization first hand.  Site visits and company treks are an excellent way to introduce MBA students to your culture, your people and your facilities.  Most treks include 10-25 students and are 1-3 hours in length and may include an overview of the company, small group information sessions with alumni, recruiters or your staff, and a tour of the facility/office space.  

Purpose of Events

  • recruit MBA candidates
  • gain exposure to your company
  • develop a strong candidate pool
  • make professional connections with our future leaders
  • provide professional advice and feedback
  • view the quality of Willamette MBA candidates

No charge or fees associated with Willamette MBA career events.  You are our guest!

What to Bring
Company brochures, handouts, recruiting materials, business cards, etc...
NOTE: No need to bring heavy booth materials for Personalized Career Fairs since you will be moving around to different tables throughout the day

Willamette's Salem Campus - 900 State St, Salem, OR 97301
Willamette's Portland Campus - 1120 NW Couch St, Ste. 450, Portland, OR 97209
If an event is not located on our campus, it will be clearly specified.

For additional questions, contact Career Management at 503.370.6167 or

2014-2015 Schedule of Career Close-Up Events

Fall Semester 2014

Spring Semester 2015

Fall Personalized Career Fair
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Spring Personalized Career Fair
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Fall Company Trek
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Spring Company Trek
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Fall Mock Interviews
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Spring Mock Interviews
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Fall Employer Spotlights
Dates Available:
Wednesday, September 10
Wednesday, September 24
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, October 22
Wednesday, November 5
Wednesday, November 19

Spring Employer Spotlights
Dates Available:
Wednesday, January 28
Wednesday, February 11
Wednesday, February 25
Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 29

Want to Participate? 

To REGISTER for the 2014-2015 Career Close-Up Events, please follow these steps:
  1. Log in to MBA Focus here.  If you are a first-time user, you'll be prompted to create an account.
  2. From the main dashboard, click on the tab On-Campus Requests from the top menu bar.
  3. Click on Single Company Event to sign up for an Employer Spotlight.
  4. Click on Multiple Company Event to sign up to attend a Personalized Career Fair, Company Trek, or Mock Interviews.
  5. Career Management will contact you to confirm details, once we receive your request.

Check back soon for schedule!