Hiring Resources

  • Identify job responsibilities and skills and competencies students will build
  • Determine pay rate, hours, budget, and other details
  • Will you hire Federal Work-Study? Non-Federal Work-Study? Both?
  • Create PER form to obtain a PIN number through HR/Payroll system (Syracuse University departments only)
  • Contact Student Employment at cuseworks@syr.edu or 315.443.2268 for assistance with posting the job
  • Review applications and identify candidate to interview
  • Extend job offer in person or by phone and provide them with hourly pay rate, start date, schedule, and other details. Follow up by emailing the final candidate.
  • Hire final candidate(s) into HR/Payroll system
  • Refer student to Human Resources to complete I-9 form

  • Welcome the new student employee and introduce them to others in the department
  • Confirm that student employee completed I-9 and acknowledged pay notice
  • Review Onboarding Checklist with student
  • Review time entry and approval process
  • Discuss goals and expectations
  • Meet regularly to discuss performance and goals
  • Contact Student Employment at cuseworks@syr.edu or 315.443.2268 with questions or for guidance

  • Can you provide an example of a problem you encountered in a job or on a class project where you took responsibility to ensure it was resolved? What did you do? How was it resolved?
  • Give an example of a time when you made a mistake/error. How did you handle the error and what was the outcome?
  • Can you provide an example of a problem you encountered in a job or on a class project where you took responsibility to ensure it was resolved? What did you do? How was it resolved?
  • Give an example of a time when you made a mistake/error. How did you handle the error and what was the outcome?
  • Give me an example of a class project or job situation when you had to change the way you were working? Why did you have to change?  What happened?
  • Provide an example when a policy changed at work. How did you react?
  • Give me an example when you had to work with others on a project? What was the outcome?
  • How have you improved in working with others on a team?
  • Do you have a writing sample of which you are particularly proud? Was it effective in getting your point across? Why?
  • Give an example of a time you had to present in front of a group.
  • If something unpleasant happens to you, how do you respond? How do the people around you respond? Could you give a recent example?
  • What style of behavior do you like best? What styles do you find difficult and what are the limits to what you can handle?
  • Provide examples of when you came up with an idea that was implemented at your last job?
  • From what you know about the department, what are some ways you can make positive impact on our organization?
  • Give an example of when you had to lead a team or group? What were the outcomes?
  • Provide an example of a time when a team member was not meeting your expectations? How did you address the issue?  What was the outcome?
  • Provide an example of when you were faced with a problem. How did you address the issue and what steps did you take?
  • What steps do you take when analyzing a problem?
  • How would you describe your working relationship with your supervisor? Your co-workers?
  • Give an example of when you provided outstanding customer service?
  • How do you stay organized? How do you set goals and priorities?
  • What goals did you have over the past year? How did you accomplish them?
  • Have you ever had to revise your plan?

If you are experiencing any workplace issues, please reach out to us as soon as possible at 315.443.2268 or cuseworks@syr.edu.

In addition, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Resolution Services is committed to creating an environment where students, faculty, and staff, who have experienced harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, or have come across an access barrier, are encouraged to contact them at EqualOpp@syr.edu or 315.443.4018.

Please check back as we are developing training opportunities for both student employees and supervisors.

  • Student Employee Pay Policy
    • Syracuse University students who work on campus or in University-sanctioned off campus jobs are considered part-time casual wage employees. Conditional language is included on all on campus student job postings and offer letters:
      • As a part-time student employee, you are an employee at-will, meaning you have the right to end your employment at any time for any reason, and the University may do the same. If employed using a Federal Work-Study award, once the balance is exhausted, the employer reserves the right to end your employment. Your employment is also specifically conditioned on your being and remaining a student in good standing, satisfactory performance of work, availability of work, and legal eligibility to work in the United States. Work may become unavailable due to health or safety concerns, or a change in instructional form.
  • Student Employee Benefits
    • Student employees are not eligible for benefits such as holiday pay, vacations or retirement plans, but they are eligible for worker’s compensation under provisions of New York State law. Worker’s compensation covers expenses for medical care and certain benefits for loss of pay resulting from injuries or disabilities incurred on the job. Supervisors should be contacted as soon as possible in the event of on-the-job injuries to complete the necessary reports.
    • New York State Sick Pay: Effective Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, student employees are now eligible for New York State sick pay benefits.  In short, for every 30 hours worked, they will accrue 1 hour of sick time, up to 56 hours in one calendar year.  Sick time accrues on all jobs and will carry over from year to year.  Student employees can enter their sick time directly into MySlice and you would approve the hours as part of your normal process.