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February 2009

View from the front desk: Interview Feedback

One of my responsibilities at Engineering Career Services is to take comments employers write about students they’ve interviewed and present them to that student into helpful advice through email, a telephone call, or a scheduled appointment with an advisor for interview coaching.

Sometimes the comments are clearly individual: "don’t wear a party dress to your interview" or "iron your shirt next time." Most of the time the advice recruiters provide can be helpful to all applicants.

Here are the top five suggestions:
5. Work on a firm handshake.
4. Practice an introductory speech about yourself.
3. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
2. Answer questions in the STAR (Situation Task Action Result) format

And the #1 suggestion:
1. Know what you are interviewing for. Research the company before the interview and ask questions that show you did.

"Perfection does not exist - you can always do better and you … 

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Transferable Skills

You may be asking…

What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are the skills that a person develops by performing a job or task that can be applied in other situations. In other words, these are skills that you may acquire through jobs, classes, internships, co-ops, research opportunities, study abroad experiences, campus or community activities, etc., that can be “transferred” to your next career pursuit.

Examples of transferable skills: dependability, time management, teamwork, customer service, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, responsibility, creativity, initiative, integrity, interpersonal skills, technology skills

Many students have some part-time and/or full-time experience, either related or unrelated to the position(s) for which they are applying through ECS. These experiences may be in restaurants, lifeguarding, construction, landscaping, baby-sitting, volunteering in the community, studying abroad, and so forth; the type of experience doesn't matter. You're developing transferable skills without even thinking about it. It's … 

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The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program

The economy might be struggling, but there is a great way to keep your job search moving in a positive direction…

The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program is the chance for you to visit a company, observe engineers, and learn more about professional roles related to your major. The program takes place for one day over OSU’s Spring Break week (March 23rd -27th). All of the participating companies are located in Ohio…usually (but not always!) in a metropolitan area like Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, etc. As long as you are registered with ECIP/ECS and are available during Spring Break, you can participate!

Since each employer offers limited space, you can look forward to knowing that you’re not only going to get an inside look at an industry or company, but also that you’re going to get a day’s worth of face time with an employer (unlike a career fair where there’s … 

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Kappa Theta Epsilon

Maybe you’ve heard of the group Kappa Theta Epsilon…you may have received an email invitation to join or have seen a bulletin board in ECS, but perhaps you brushed the group aside thinking it was just another random honorary. KTE is not some random honorary. It’s a national honorary society that is specific to intern and co-op students that are the most qualified in the country. At Ohio State, KTE members officially serve as the “voice of co-op and intern students" for the College and University community and provide feedback to Engineering Career Services (ECS).

There are many compelling reasons to join KTE. Members have access to exclusive employer networking events, unique opportunities to develop leadership and service skills, and the chance to have fun and relax with other engineering students. Last year KTE underwent a transformative process to improve the organization. Some new features include an annual KTE members-only … 

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