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2012

Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Tara McCarron, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Interviews are a two-way street; they are an opportunity for employers to learn more about you and for you to learn about a prospective employer.  In order to get the most out of the interview process it is important to have a list of questions ready before you start. 

Here is a list of questions to ask employers before, during, and after the interview process:

Before

  • Whom will I be interviewing with? – Knowing who you are interviewing with ahead of time gives you an edge.  Researching the interviewer enables you to personalize your response and have more insightful questions. 

During

  • What are your short and long term goals for this position? – Knowing what an employer wants an employee to achieve can help you better evaluate … 
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Using STRENGTHS in the Job Search

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Gallup’s studies of the top achievers in most careers and professions indicate that they “invent” ways to apply their greatest talents and strengths as they work.  If they are unable to do so, they move on until they find a career in which they can.  A large benefit of co-ops and internships is having the ability to try out different work environments in order to find the best fit.  After identifying your strengths (or Signature Themes), you will have a huge advantage to be able to understand your areas of strength and to find a way to incorporate them daily at a job site.

A strengths-based approach to career planning and development starts with self-knowledge and awareness.  This means understanding what we do best and what we … 

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The Importance of the Information Session

Information sessions are one avenue for companies to get the word out at OSU about who they are and what they are all about. Companies of all sizes hold these events for students, but they can be especially important for companies who may not be household names. It is always a good idea for you to take advantage of this valuable time with a company, especially if you’re interested in potential job opportunities. 

So what can you expect from an information session? Well, the short answer is…great information about a company! There is only so much one can learn from perusing a website or reading a pamphlet. Sometimes it takes interacting with employees to get a good feel for not only the potential opportunities available, but also for the company culture, which is sometimes just as important as the job itself. Sometimes companies will incorporate a few additional components … 

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Engineering Expo: Wednesday, September 19th!

Today’s post is written by Dean Pidcock, Engineering Co-op and Internship Program Manager

Engineering Career Expo:  Wednesday, September 19th

Are you looking for a full-time job for after your upcoming graduation in December or May?   Are you looking for an internship or co-op for anytime within the next 12 months?   You will not want to miss the Engineering Career Expo on September 19th!  The Expo will be held from 11AM-4PM in the Ohio Union.  Over 220 companies will be on hand to discuss their internship, co-op, and career opportunities. 

Advanced copies of the programs will be on sale for $3 (cash only) outside of the ECS office in Hitchcock Hall on the following dates:  Sept 13, 14, 17 and 18 from 10AM – 4PM.  Programs will also be available at Expo on Sept 19.      

Be prepared for the fair by … 

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Using STRENGTHS During Interviews

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

A job interview can be a very stressful experience.  However, by taking the opportunity to develop and rehearse your responses to frequently asked interview questions, you can eliminate much of that stress and perform more successfully in an interview.  One way to prepare answers for an interview is by focusing on your strengths.  If you have completed the StrengthsQuest assessment previously, focusing on your 5 Signature Themes is a great place to start.  If you have not done the assessment, simply being aware of your accomplishments and talents is a great way to ace that interview.

Start by listing three of the most meaningful and important jobs, leadership roles, or volunteer positions you have held.  For each item listed, identify five responsibilities or outcomes that you … 

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