y all accounts, the second CTC-
PA Interview Day was an even
bigger success than the first!
The popular event grew this year to
include 18 CPA firms and companies
who interviewed 55 students from 13
colleges around the state.
The event was the result of a strategic
planning session of the CTCPA Advi-
sory Council two years ago.
"Interview Day is a real win-win for ev-
eryone involved," explained CTCPA Ac-
ademic and Career Coordinator Alicia
Strong. "It provides companies with an
opportunity to reach out to quality stu-
dents at schools they might not ordi-
narily be able to visit, exposes students
to a wide variety of companies in just
one day, and gives professors some
help in providing career placement as-
sistance for their students."
"I've already been in touch with at least a
dozen students who have been offered
positions or are going back for second
interviews as a result of this year's Inter-
view Day," Strong continued. "It's clear
this event is a success on all fronts, and
that couldn't be more exciting!"
How Does Interview Day Work?
The participating companies reviewed
resumes and essays from professor-
selected "best-of-the-best" students.
Each firm was able to select up to 10
candidates for the day's 10 interview
slots, resulting in 170 interviews sched-
uled throughout the day.
Interviews were conducted in special
10-foot-tall cubicles set up in the three
classrooms at the CTCPA Education
Center. While candidates met with one
or two firm representatives during their
formal interviews, students on breaks
had the opportunity to meet with firm
greeters, professors, and each other in
a casual lounge, replete with couches
and high-top tables and stools.
Beautiful weather allowed for a net-
working lunch both at outdoor picnic
tables and in the student lounge. In
fact, a couple impromptu interviews
took place at the picnic tables, allow-
ing some companies to exceed their
10 officially scheduled interview slots!
"We hire three or four interns during tax
season, so this was useful in identifying
a few candidates from schools that we
normally do not look at," said first-time
participant Scott Therrien of Ther-
rien & Associates in Wilton. "We have
extended internship offers to two stu-
dents, and one has accepted so far."
"We hired three people from last year,"
said Brett Settles, human resources
manager at O'Connor Davies. "We've
been talking to other state CPA soci-
eties where we have offices and sug-
gesting they do something similar,"
Students and professors found the day
"This event was a good way for stu-
dents to see an array of firms in a
condensed time frame, making their
interview process more efficient," said
James Bannister, associate professor
and department of accounting and tax-
ation chair at the University of Hartford
"It was very well done and I wish they
had something like this when I was in
school," agreed Michael Rolleri, as-
sociate professor of accounting at the
University of New Haven.
CTCPA INTERVIEW DAY 2014
18 Hiring Companies
Job and Internship Interviews