Does Power of Influence Help Get a Job in USA?

I am New to HSB, So sorry if i ask any silly questions – By Harish

On Campus Work

Q1. Many people say your not allowed to work off campus when you do M.S in U.S but my friend works in a small scale I.T company in U.S relevant to his field of study. Is it legal? I am working in a power plant consultancy and planning to apply for fall 2013…Incase if I get a part-time job relevant to my field of study out side campus am I allowed to work(i am planning to take M.S Power Engineering)….or if i get any part time job in any food outlets or any of that sort i am allowed to work…..Incase i do, what is the consequence i have to face?

  • Are you allowed to work off-campus (food outlets, grocery stores) – No
  • Can you work in company relevant to your field – Yes, you can work as interns.  You have to get internship offer, then apply for CPT (after completing 2 semesters)
  • What if you are caught working illegally  – Deportation to your home country. Read this – F1 Student Deported at Port of Entry for working at Gas Station

Campus placements

Q2.Do Universities in U.S offer campus placement like India?

If you attend top schools in USA, companies do hire directly from universities. I will give more details in future blog posts on this topic. But, most of the universities have Career Fair, but that’s not like on campus placements.

Typical Masters students have to learn about  job search techniques, acquire interview skills, apply and find a job. Are you following Job Search tips series of posts?

Also, following 2 books (aff) are MUST Buy for any students.

Internship vs Freshers

Q3.I have work experience and hopefully if i get admission to do M.S is it necessary to do an Internship, As in like i will be an experienced candidate and when i go to get a job they may think that i went down a step from an experience candidate to freshers level of doing an internship, Or will they consider that i took it for global exposure…???

You have incorrect perception about internship.

Internship is for everyone. Its true freshers should find internship before graduation and work as intern for atleast 2 semesters. But, with experienced folks, internship will open several opportunities to find a job and give networking contacts.

Your experience working for US company is will be much different compared to working in India or other countries.

Intern vs Full Time Job

Q4.And i often get confused about the Internship process…..
Some people say if you have talent, after your Internship you get a permanent job in the same company, Others say however talented you are, they wont give you a permanent job and through the Internship you have to find an another job?

I would agree to the first part of the question. Most likely you will be hired as full-time employee in the same company where you complete internship.

I have seen students who worked as intern for 2 semesters, but company had hiring freeze and they were not hired.  But, comparing both options, chances of being hired is high compared to not getting a job in same company.

Why talk about others, I worked as intern for 2 semesters while doing Masters. I had 2 courses to complete MS and graduate. I was offered full-time job in the same company, the day after I completed my internship.  I had full-time job offer even before I completed my last semester.

Power of Influence

Q5.Does the power of Influence play even in U.S. Another friend of mine again said that with the help of college seniors you can get an Internship and later you can get a job easily….Is this mentality correct…???

Yes, what your friend said is 100% correct. That is called as professional networking. You call it as power of influence.

Major source of hiring employers is through employee referral in US companies.

Same power of influence doesn’t work in other places to much extent I know. In India, you go to a hospital and say  “I’m so and so’s son”. You will be let to see the doctor right away before other patients. Such things don’t happen in US.

Hiring Process in USA

6.What is the selection Process for big companies in U.S
I heard that they have 4 to 5 rounds ….is it that tough?

Let me ask you this question – What made you think that 4 to 5 round of job interview means selection process is tough?

In Job search Tips #3 I explained in short about Passive and Active Phase.

Getting Ready in Passive phase refers to process of understanding how the interview process works and how you should prepare for that.

US Admission Consultants

Q7: Was about US Admission consultant and I need separate blog post to discuss that topic.

I have 2 examples of students who recently went to seeks help from US admission consultant and answers provided by them shows they are in for making money from ignorant students.

Old GRE Scores

Q8.And when i am applying for 2013 i am going to apply with my Old GRE pattern score which i took in 2011, Is it valid……(many say most of the Universities consider only new GRE)

GRE Scores are valid for 5 years. You can apply for Fall 2013 with Old GRE Scores.

All the Questions I posted are because of the news what i heard from what others tell (Except Q.7)….so I’m sorry if my questions are stupid…!!

I really enjoyed answers all your questions. It was actually bit thoughtful and I have answered pretty much all your questions before, but not as single post.

If you spend enough time in the blog, you will be able to find answers to all the questions you had asked, but this should help lot of other students too.


  1. harsha on October 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Thank You very much HSB ….

  2. karan on October 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    This article proved to be of great help .Good work HSB.Thanks! 🙂

  3. sreeram on September 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Hello HSB,

    Some times my eyes catch HSB mails due to interesting subjects. Though not regularly, some times i read your posts. Very informative. It gives me an idea about MS students,their life and job search in USA.

    BTW, in the above post, you mentioned that there will be difference in India and US related to companies and work culture. This is not completely correct. I find almost same work culture in both countries with minor exceptions. If you step out of the company,then only these two are entirely different countries. Some times, i feel that working in US is much easier and relaxed than india. (offcourse there can be exceptions to what i mentioned here.)

  4. Sam on September 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Dear HSB,

    I have to say THANK YOU but that doesn’t express my heart felt gratitude I have to you and your blog. It’s just like being mentored down to how to apply to universities, get admission, be prepared for visa interview (know the whole stuff), get on with F-1 visa, be prepared for cultural differences, how to be an “A” student and now how you can get a job!!! Sounds good and following every piece of information posted on HSB am here in US studying my MS, the support is endless…’s time for me to learn now ‘how I can get a job’, I know I will get one and the rule is that simple I WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW HSB. So how can I pay back HSB????…..’I WILL DO THE SAME FOR OTHERS AS IT’S BEEN DONE TO ME!!!’ At least. I wish to see HSB becoming a big social network like others and (me) dreaming to be a witness, where all it begins!!!


    • HSB on September 21, 2011 at 11:38 PM

      Sam – Thanks for your support.

  5. Pawan on September 21, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    Hello HSB,

    First of all thanks for all the invaluable info.

  6. Rohit Sanjay Pethe on September 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Can you give me the links of different manufacturing industries in mechanical field in canada,US,Australia,Newzealand where openings are there for international students who have done bachelor of engineering in India.

  7. Harishkumar subramani on September 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Thanx HSB…….your thoughts were very useful…..will follow the blog regularly from now….:)

  8. Sreejan on September 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Hello HSB,
    After reading this post and “Complex Job Search Process in 5 Simple Steps”, I got confused a bit. If there are no friends who can recommend me, will only a good score from a Grad School help in getting a job? Or it all depends on recommendations,contacts and networking?

    • HSB on September 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM

      You have to find and build contacts.

      • Sreejan on September 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM

        It is too early for me as I will be applying for Fall 2012. Still, its a bit disappointing as I thought getting a job will be easy if I get into a good school. Thanks a lot for the info and the Blog. It helps me to prepare anticipating the hurdles.

  9. Rohit on September 20, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Thanks alot HSB. It’s very helpful….

  10. Ankita on September 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Certainly very helpful. Thanks a ton! 🙂
    ps: d thing about chinese….was it a joke or for real????

    • HSB on September 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM

      Time: Tue Sep 20 13:20:00 2011 -0400
      IP: (CN/China/-)
      Failures: 5 (smtpauth)
      Interval: 300 seconds
      Blocked: Permanent Block

      • Ankita on September 22, 2011 at 2:35 AM

        OMG!! Wonder why!!
        but guess that’s a feather on ur cap!
        GL 🙂

  11. Mohammed jaradat on September 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Thank you very much for the post HSB.
    I am going to the us to complete my studies and work as a research assistant what are my chances to get a full time job after graduation?
    Please answer me

  12. John Samuel on September 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM



  13. Abhiram Muktineni on September 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    This really answers the common questions, that a student aspiring for MS gets…. awesome response from the author and by the way, it helps current students pursuing graduation in US… as I am one among them.

  14. Tapan on September 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Thank you…it was helpful…and now i got the reason why chinese tried to hack happy schools blog :):)

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