It's funny how little things can have an impact on your application. One of those little things is having ready access to your e-mail at all times. Click through to see just how this can affect your candidacy.
I still remember my first experience with my blackberry during recruitment. I had been adamant against getting a smartphone ("I really don't need to have access to my e-mails every 5 seconds") but finally relented a few weeks before recruitment started. Here's how it helped -
1. A consulting firm came on-campus and announced that they were hosting a case workshop. It had been full but a couple of spots had just opened up, and were available on a first-come first-serve basis. While the presenter announced this, I discreetly whipped out my phone, quickly typed up an "I want in" e-mail and got one of the 3 spots that were left. During that workshop I connected with one of the consultants who would later put in a good word for my application.
2. I got an e-mail at 8 in the morning about an interview I had in two days. Interview slots were open on a first-come first-serve basis as well. Knowing that interview times do matter (take a look through "The 6 Steps to Success" - available to all registrants - if you don't know why) I quickly picked a 10am time slot as my first choice and got it.
3. I had a final-round interview with a consulting firm in Montreal at 8am, and both partners were late. The doors were locked and I couldn't get in. With access to my e-mail, I looked up the partners' contact information and sent them an e-mail letting them know I was there. I got immediate responses apologizing for the delay and with a note to the receptionist to let me in. In the 10 minutes I was waiting for them to arrive, I leafed through one of their pamphlets about "why this firm?". Well guess what? The partners were impressed that I had so many great reasons for why I wanted to join their firm.
These are just a few examples. Individually, none of these will have a significant impact on your application (if your interview is at 7am or 7pm, if you blow it out of the water then nothing else matters) but cumulatively, they make a pretty strong argument why having a smartphone will make your life easier during recruitment.