Recruiting Process for Technology

To increase your chances of landing a job, it is important for you to use all of your available resources. The recruiting process has many steps including career exploration, industry & organization research, applications, networking and interviewing. The Villanova Career Center has resources including Handshake, Big Interview, Vault Career Guides and many others (including our staff) to help you along the way.

  • Common Entry Level Job Titles include Entry Level Software Engineer, Software Developer, Systems Engineer, and Software/Data Analyst.
  • The recruiting timeline and hiring process for the tech industry can vary since the field spans nearly all industries. However, the largest and most well-known tech companies tend to recruit early for internships and full-time entry-level roles, so it is important to begin your search in the early fall for these types of roles.
  • Check employer websites for interviewing information and application details. See below for more details on how to prepare for technical interviews.
  • Summer internship programs often serve as feeders to full-time positions. Many organizations have a goal of converting their interns into full-time employees.
  • Search for jobs and internships on Handshake, CareerShift, company websites, social media, Linkedin, industry and job association sites, professional associations, through university recruiting programs and recruiters. Since Villanova is a target school for many companies, it is recommended that you search first on Handshake.
  • For more information on internships in tech, check out Vault’s 2023 Best Tech & Engineering Internships or Vault’s 2023 Best Internships for Software Engineering & Development.

  • Technical interviews are a common part of the recruiting process for technical jobs, or jo bs that require a very specific skillset, such as computer programming skills. Technical interviews typically assess a candidate’s technical skills, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking skills, in addition to gauging the candidate’s fit in the company and passion for the role.
  • Parts of the interviewing process for jobs in the technology industry might include an at-home technical assessment, a first-round interview or phone screen, and a second-round interview that includes technical questions, logic/problem-solving questions, and fit questions.
  • Review the Villanova Career Center’s Guide to Technical Interviews, which provides an overview of how to prepare for technical interviews and includes mock interview questions, sample coding questions, and company-specific tips/resources.
  • To prepare for the at-home technical assessment, you can utilize the following resources: Hackerrank, Leetcode, CodeSignal for Developers, and CoderPad. Plus, practice your technology interviewing skills with Big Interview, Villanova’s online training platform where you can practice virtual interviews and receive industry-specific interviewing questions!
  • For additional information, check out Vault’s 6 Common Data Science Interview Questions and Tips for a Successful Cybersecurity Interview.

The Career Center offers one-hour mock interview appointments that can be scheduled via Handshake to further develop interview skills and receive feedback. Students can also reserve interview rooms within the Employer Engagement Suite. For more information on interviewing, please visit the Career Center’s Interviewing webpage