Archive for the ‘Interviewing Skills’ Category

Network to Find Your Perfect Job

by Virginia Jones (’06), marketing major

Upon entering college, faculty and staff at the College of Business drill into your head the need to get involved in student organizations on campus. The reason is simple – get involved and it will help you develop in your future career. Peer networking was very important to me during college. I worked full time in offices on campus and I joined every marketing-related student organization that I could. While doing that I got to know the entire marketing faculty as well as many other faculty in the College of Business. Continue reading


Your Interview Agenda

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

The job interview is where image and substance come together. You must present yourself professionally in how you speak and dress, and even in how you gesture. Tips on creating a great physical image are in the articles What You Wear Can Get You Somewhere…or Nowhere and Looking Cool Isn’t Always Cool When You Interview. You must support a good first impression with a powerful presentation of your talents and experiences. Fortunately, by creating an interview agenda, you can walk into interviews with a clear idea of what you will offer employers – your experiences, talents, and skills – and how you will use your assets to get the job done.

Here are six common problems employers see on interviews, and how building your interview agenda before the interview will help you avoid them.

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Looking Cool Isn’t Always Cool When You Interview

by Kelly Brewer (’07)

Effectively presenting yourself during interviews can be crucial to a successful job search. Companies often look beyond a winning resume and decide if they will hire you or not based on your appearance, self confidence and how well you present yourself to the interviewer. There are steps to take before and during your job interview that will help you present yourself with energy, confidence and professionalism.

Who would you rather hire?

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Ulmer Center Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

Resume Rx
Do you know how to ensure that your resume survives a 10-second scan and gets you an interview? Find out what employers are looking for and how you can highlight your best qualities on a single sheet of paper. If you’re looking for a co-op/internship or if you’re just about to graduate and need a job, invest 45 minutes of your time in this informative workshop.

Interviewing Essentials
Most interviewers know who they don’t want to hire within the first 60 seconds of an interview. But what do you do after surviving that first minute? Discover the secret to answering just about any interview question. You’ll still have to prepare for interviews, but you will be amazed at the difference this method will make on the number of offers you get! Find out how to prepare, what to say, and what not to say in this 45-minute session.

Presentations Without Panic
Nearly everyone has heard that public speaking is the number one fear of most adults. There are skills you can learn, however, that can help reduce your panic when you have to address a group. You will not be asked to make a presentation in this workshop, so relax–and come prepared to pick up tips that may help to ease your presentation jitters.

Networking for Introverts
Job-hunting by computer may be appealing if you’re an introvert, but employers agree that the Internet is the least-effective method for finding qualified applicants. Because 75% of jobs are filled through some form of personal referral, networking is an essential skill for all job-hunters. But if even the idea of networking exhausts you, come to this workshop to learn practical, low-stress ways you can build your own group of career champions.

The 21st-Century Job-Hunt
Job-hunting can seem easy, until you’re unemployed and not getting interviews. This workshop describes a variety of ways to approach the job-market – including internet job-boards, search firms and recruiters, networking, and targeted marketing. Explore job-searching activities that will uncover the right jobs for you.

What You Wear Can Get You Somewhere… or Nowhere

by Tom Keith, former Director of Business Development

You roll out of bed late, take a shower, and quickly get yourself together. No time to eat breakfast, so you head out the door. Before leaving, you check the mirror.

  • Hair combed? Check.
  • Shirt and tie? Check.
  • Khaki pants? Check.
  • Clean shoes? Check.

“I look good,” you tell yourself, dressed to impress for your 10:00 interview.

But you aren’t. Not even close.

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Table Manners Matter in Some Job Interviews

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

etiquette (ĕt’ ĭ-kĕt’, -kĭt) n. [Fr., etiquette, label < OFr. estiquet, label. – see TICKET.] The forms and practices prescribed by social convention or by authority. n. The rules governing socially acceptable behavior.

Etiquette is simply the practice of socially acceptable behavior. The definition of etiquette seems straightforward enough. But what does it look like in practice? Who cares? YOU SHOULD. Dining etiquette can be crucial to a successful job search. Companies often look beyond a winning resume and a successful interview when evaluating job candidates. They judge social behavior, which may include a dinner meeting—that’s especially true if the job you’re pursuing requires interaction with customers or company executives. Prepare to dine with prospective employers by following these 10 basic guidelines: Continue reading

“Why Should We Hire You?”

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

Most job candidates fail to realize the single most important thing employers need to know about them. No matter how many questions are asked on interviews, they all boil down to this: “What can you do for our company?” Preparing to answer this question before it’s asked will put you ahead of the competition. In fact, the theme of what you can do for a company should be woven into all marketing communications you use during your job search—resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

How do you determine what you can do for a company? One way is to make sure you know what you’re marketing about yourself—your strengths, those things that have earned you compliments, promotions, or challenging assignments. But sometimes it’s easier to assess your value by first uncovering problems in the company or industry that need to be corrected. Continue reading