Day in the Life of a Campus Recruiter: Sarah Dennis Shares Her Story

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Gartner’s campus recruitment team is dedicated to engaging with and hiring top talent from university and college campuses around the globe. Interested in learning more about the expanding team? Below, Sarah Dennis is sharing how share came to Gartner and giving exclusive insight into what her day-to-day looks like on the team.

Like many of the candidates I recruit, I first of heard of Gartner when I was a student. While earning my M.B.A., I was working for the College of Business Career and Internship Office at Florida State University. I helped align students’ academic skills and experiences with internships and full-time roles, and very quickly learned about the amazing opportunities at Gartner. The respectful manner that professors, staff and students used when speaking about Gartner made a lasting impression on me.

Fast-forward a few years, and to keep up with Gartner’s growth, the campus field recruiting team was expanding. I joined the team based in our beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, office.

Early career experiences play a large role in shaping long-term career aspirations. Our team finds the greatest talent from across the country for programs that allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to support Gartner’s expansion.

As a campus field recruiter, no two days are alike. We follow the academic calendar, and fall and spring semesters are filled with visits to universities across the country to attend career fairs, host on-campus interviews and information sessions, conduct case study workshops, attend conferences hosted by our national partners, give classroom presentations and work with a variety of student organizations. Each field recruiter builds the Gartner brand at six to eight schools, and supports recruiting efforts for aligned internships and full-time roles. We spend seven to nine weeks traveling each semester, then shift our focus to creating campus-specific recruiting strategies and conducting initial interviews.

I am currently conducting screenings for Gartner’s rotational development internship programs, planning my spring campus travel schedule and sourcing campus candidates through a variety of platforms. I am looking forward to attending my first hackathons to recruit for our IT teams. Many of our programs are conducting final-round interviews, and it is immensely rewarding to hear about offers being extended and accepted.

One common question I receive from students is: “What do you like most about working for Gartner?” My answer is always “The people!” To be part of such a collaborative and supportive team with the most incredible leadership makes me excited to go to work each day.

“Teamwork makes the dream work” is the mantra of campus recruiting and creates a positive, cohesive experience for our candidates. Over the past three years, the campus team has grown from three associates to nearly 50 — and  I cannot wait to see the continued growth of our campus recruiting team and our candidates!

Interested in joining Sarah’s team? Search for an available role here.


Are you interested in pursing a career opportunity with Gartner? When you join our team, you’ll be given all the tools needed to succeed and accelerate your career path. Discover more about our limitless growth and professional develop opportunities here.

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