Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration

Job Search & Interviews

Job & Internship Search

The CPE offers many resources for students seeking jobs. The most significant resources are Handshake, career fair events, info sessions, and on-campus interviews. Handshake is used by students and employers to connect with each other by listing job openings available. Career fairs are the perfect opportunity for students to meet and connect with potential employers who are ready to meet the right candidates to grow their teams.


One of the main CPE resources is Handshake, a career management system. Handshake focuses on COBA students. Your job postings will also be seen by COBA Graduate students and Alumni who are registered with Handshake. If you do not already have an account, then register for a new account. After logging in, please be sure to fill in your profile information. If you have any questions, please let us know by sending comments to or calling us at 501-279-5555.

Career Fairs

To participate in career fairs, you must have a COBAlink account. To see upcoming career fair events visit Handshake. Dress codes for career fair events are professional, unless otherwise stated. The major career fair events are Meet the Firms, for accounting/finance and MIS students, and the annual Career Fair for all COBA majors.

Info Sessions

The CPE regularly hosts companies who travel around the state or nation to recruit college students through info sessions. These are events where students listen to representatives from an organization and have a chance to speak with them about which positions they are hiring.


The CPE hosts many organizations that travel to Harding to recruit students for jobs and internships through on-campus interviews. Keep an eye on the Events page and on COBAlink for a schedule of upcoming interviews and registration deadlines. In addition to coordinating on-campus interviews, the CPE offers other helpful interview resources. Practice your interview skills at the CPE office by scheduling a mock interview. Mock interviews help you practice the interview process and provide you with feedback on how to improve your interview to get the job you need.

Tips for the interview process:
  1. Wear business-professional clothing.
  2. Bring at least one copy of your resume per interviewer.
  3. Use a firm handshake.
  4. Make good eye contact.
  5. Exercise good posture (leaning slightly forward, back straight, shoulders slightly back).
  6. Speak clearly and confidently (but not arrogantly).
  7. At the end, ask the interviewer about follow up steps.
  8. Close by thanking the interviewer for his or her time.
  9. Send a follow up email and/or letter thanking them again.

Ace the Interview