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October 2008

Stress in a Good Way

I remember my first on-campus interview. I was so nervous I did not know what to say. I wore my roommate's jacket with the piano pin on it. I never played piano and was embarrassed to let the interviewer know that when he asked about it. Fortunately, I was honest and explained that I wanted to look as polished as possible for the interview and had to borrow a jacket.

I see many of you waiting in our lobby for your interviews and can tell you are nervous too (and some of you may be wearing your roommate's jacket). A little stress is a good thing, as long as you use it in a positive way. Prepare for that interview, get a haircut, polish your dress shoes and iron your best or borrowed clothes. So, when the interviewer calls your name, stand up, smile as you approach, and extend your … 

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International Students: Know When You Can Work

International students: If an employer asked you the following questions, would you be prepared?

• “When can you start to work?”
• “Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?”

Not only will you be asked these questions by a recruiter, but you may also have to answer them when completing an online application. You should know your employment options so that you can answer these questions with confidence.

If you are currently on F-1 Visa, you can legally work prior to graduation using Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships or after graduation using Optional Practical Training (OPT) for career employment. CPT allows students to work as interns prior to graduation – but only for one quarter per year and only if the work is directly related to their major field. OPT allows students to work in their major field for 12 months following graduation. If an employer … 

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Interviewing Part II: What Not to Say

 

 

 

 

Here’s what is “off the table” during an interview…

• Salary, benefits, perks, vacation, etc. These are not appropriate questions during the interview stage…asking them might give an employer the wrong impression about you (that money is your only concern, that you are assuming you already have the job, etc.). Once an offer is formally extended, then these topics are up for discussion.

I would also recommend against…

• Asking anything that’s obviously stated on the employer’s website or materials that you have been given in advance about the company. You don’t want to appear ill-prepared by asking what you should already know.

One last tip…

• When asked the question, “Why do you want this job?”—a good answer never includes, “because I want more experience.” Of course you want more experience…who doesn’t?! But this doesn’t sell you at all to a recruiter. When … 

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Interview Clothing on a Budget

The interview process is one of the most important aspects of the job search, both for internship, co-op and full time employment candidates. After the resume and initial correspondence, the next impression that you present is in person at an interview. Appearance says a lot about you as a person and as a potential candidate for employment. Presenting a positive image is a key component in face-to-face interaction with recruiters. A well-kept, polished candidate displays confidence, professionalism and ambition to the employer, and shows that you are serious about your job search.

That said, you do not need to spend “big bucks” to look and feel your best. Gently used items work just as well as expensive ones if you look neat, clean, and professional. In the current economy, money is often an issue for students who are trying to make a good impression during an interview. Here is information … 

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Engineering Activities Fair

Piggybacking on my previous post, The College of Engineering’s Annual Activities Fair will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 10:00-3:00 on the plaza between Hitchcock and Knowlton (in case of bad weather the fair will be held in the lobby of Hitchcock). This is a great opportunity to get learn more about engineering project teams, engineering honoraries, and engineering student organizations.

“The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.”
-Henry Ford
 

 

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