“Do You Have a Job Lined Up?”
While firms in a few areas, like finance, recruit seniors before commencement, many companies fill positions as they open up. So this type of question can make students heartsick. Instead, offer them any industry connections you have. And be sure to ask them how they are feeling, listen to them express frustration, and offer hope.
Mark Presnell is the director of the Career Center at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.