From: Career Services News
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 11:04 AM
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Subject: Career Services eNews - Oct. 26, 2007
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Oct. 26, 2007
Nervous about Interviewing? Practice!
If you haven’t checked out our practice interview system, there is no time like the present! Our system has over 1500 questions available to practice with and you can customize a different interview experience every time you use it! You can stop by Career Services to use our system in a private room, or if you have your own webcam you can use the system in your own room! Click here to read more and find out how to make your own account! Once you’ve recorded your interview, you can also meet with a Career Services staff member to review your answers and get input on how to improve.
A No-show for a Campus Interview is a No-no
It is easy to get excited when the offers for campus interviews start rolling in, but before you accept the invitation to have an interview, please be sure you can actually attend. Company representatives take time out of their busy schedules to come to our campus and interview students, and when students do not show up for their scheduled times, it is not only frustrating for the interviewer, but it can also cast a negative light on you as a candidate, and on the school as a whole. If you are invited for an interview, be sure to think before you act. Do you really have an interest in the company? Is your schedule really free at the time of the interview? Will you be prepared for the interview? If you are uncertain about any of these, then perhaps accepting the interview is not in your best interest. Another student who really wants to interview with that company would appreciate the time slot, and having a student no-show creates a situation that can be difficult for our office to diffuse. If you are ill on the day of an interview, please let us know as soon as possible so we can let the interviewer know, but for other possible no-show scenarios, the best way to avoid them is to not get into them to begin with!
Keep us Informed of Salaries along with Offers
Hey Seniors and Graduate Students! Even if you’ve dropped by to see us or sent an email telling us that you have an offer from a company, please also consider reporting the salary you were offered. We track placement of seniors separately from how we track senior and graduate student salaries, so the offer amount is as important to us as the fact that you had an offer! Please use our Offer Report Form to let us know your offer and salary. You can also drop by our office and fill out a “green sheet” as well. Your salary information is kept confidential and only used along with other offers to determine salary averages. Without your salary information, our averages are less accurate. We share these averages with other students who have offers so they can see how their offers “stack up”, and we also share it with companies who are preparing to make offers. So make sure your salary offer is part of the mix!
On-site Interview and Plant Trip Tips
As companies move forward with their hiring processes, plant trips and on-site interviews become common. If you have never been part of an on-site visit before, here are some tips that might help you:
· Remember that the whole visit, from the time you get there until the time you leave, is one big interview. Even when you are small talking and walking from place to place, they are observing you. At this point they are fairly certain you have the skills to do the job, so they now want to know that you will “fit in” with their operations.
· Read the paper and watch the news that day. Being able to sustain small talk is easier when you have some current topics to bring up. Asking questions about their facility and their work is a great start, but chatting about the weather or local sports teams is also okay, especially during “down time” between tours or interviews.
· Find out what the appropriate attire for the trip will be. If they do not tell you ahead of time, it is okay to ask. You want to remain focused on business attire for interviews, but find out if you have any social events planned on your agenda that would call for different dress, and plan accordingly. For women, you may want to inquire about foot wear if you will be taking plant tours. Some facilities cannot allow open-toe shoes on the plant floor.
· Research continues to be as important for site visits as it does for on campus interviews, perhaps even more so. You need to be able to articulate what it is you are interested in, why you want to work there, and what you can bring to the table. Have questions prepared ahead of time, and don’t be afraid to bring them up during your time there.
For more information about site visits, check out pages 14 and 15 of the Career Services manual or stop in and chat with one of us.
Located in the Hulman Memorial Union, 812-877-8212