How to decide between companies?

Originally Posted: March 2016

So, you had a successful Spring ICE, performed well in a few interviews, and were fortunate enough to get a few offers!  Now you have a good problem on your hands: from which company do you accept the offer? There are many factors that can aid in this decision-making process.

  1. First, you should do research on all of the companies who gave you an offer and read a few reviews to learn more about the culture of the firm. Glassdoor is a great resource to find reviews and learn about different companies. By exploring each company’s website, you could get a lot more information about different programs that you had no idea existed.
  2. Second, you should consider the big picture. You should choose a company where you see the potential of personal growth in the upcoming years and the opportunity for you to achieve your goals.
  3. Finally, after taking all your research into consideration, you should go with your gut. Choose the firm that you feel is right. After completing an office visit during your final interview and learning about its culture, you have most likely already formed an opinion. Just listen to your gut and you won’t go wrong!

How to decline opportunities?

Many people often have trouble or get nervous when having to decline offers from companies. The first piece of advice I have is to always remain professional. Acting professional not only gives you a good reputation, but could also lead to further opportunities. You never know who the hiring manager may pass your name to. No matter what you choose to do, handling the rejection letter professionally not only represents a positive outlook on yourself but on the student body as a whole. Our policy states that you have three weeks from the time offered to accept or decline; so don’t be afraid to use this and not make a rushed decision. The second piece of advice is you shouldn’t feel bad for rejecting an opportunity because companies are used to having people decline offers.  Feeling guilty will not only make you accept at the wrong place, but will also leave you doubting other opportunities. No matter whom you know in the company or how bad you feel, you should always go with your number one choice and have no regrets.

What if Spring I.C.E. was not successful?

There are still many opportunities available if things at Spring ICE did not go as well as expected. Many of the companies who recruit at Spring ICE offer summer leadership programs (KPMGDeloitteErnst and YoungPWCP&G).  This is a great way to get involved with the company and make your mark. Speaking from personal experience, I participated in one and it helped get my foot in the door for my internship this upcoming summer. Also, consider making an appointment on Handshake with Monique Frost or Brenda Homan to see what opportunities still may be available. With their expertise, they may know of a few resources that can steer you in the right direction.

Whatever path you are on, there is definitely something for you to do! Always act professional and stay encouraged if things don’t go the way you were hoping!