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Virtual Interview & Presentation Tips

To say things seem a little chaotic right now would be an understatement, and a lot of companies (and people!) are working and interacting digitally. You may find that your interviews are now happening online; either through Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a variety of other programs. I hope to provide you with a few tips to make the most of your upcoming virtual interviews or professional presentations.

Be Prepared and Practice

As with any interview, it is imperative that you are prepared before you begin. Make sure you research the company, understand the position, and reflect on your matching skills. Have some questions prepared to ask the interviewers, and make sure you have thought through your answers to potential questions you may get asked. They’ll expect the same level of preparedness and engagement as if you were there in person!

To practice for this different type of interview format, visit OhioMeansJobs’ … 

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How to Politely Avoid Shaking Hands

Adapted from a  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  resource written by Will Zwikelmaier.

Whether for health, personal, or religious reasons, turning down a handshake in a professional setting can be uncomfortable. If you are actively interviewing or networking and find yourself asking “Can/ Should I decline a handshake?”, you’ll want to read on. 

You have likely heard that a confident handshake can set the tone for a great interaction. While it’s true that people can pick up on cues like nervousness and confidence from body language, it is also important to note that your handshake is not indicative of your professional skills. Shaking hands is a learned activity and, in many cases, simply a social norm. 

It is your choice to decide whether or not to handshake, and it can sometimes be best to err on the side of caution. But, with no communication things can … 

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You've Accepted the Internship Offer, Now What?

Congratulations to you, your hard work has paid off. You have officially accepted an offer, reported it to ECS,  and are ready to soak in this new opportunity! Now that you have settled back into the normal routine from time spent interviewing or maybe even traveling to your future internship site, you may be thinking “what are my next steps”? If you are looking to get the most out of your experience, consider the following 4 checklist items prior to your first day!

1. Map out the logistics

Learn the commute. Map out the best route to your new position and if possible, practice the commute if you plan to drive to your new location. Practicing the drive around the same time you would plan to leave will get you familiar with the traffic patterns especially if you are commuting within the city. If you are going to be … 

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Career Competencies Most Valued By Employers

The results are in… and for the past few years, critical thinking, teamwork, professionalism, and communication have been consistently rated by employers as the four most desired competencies according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Engaging in activities, projects, and experiences that develop these competencies will not only enhance your resume, but will also provide strong examples for upcoming interviews.

Most employers use behavioral based interviewing questions to learn from your past experiences and understand how you might approach a similar situation in the future. These questions require a specific example and often relate to a competency or personal characteristic. As a step in your interview preparation, reflect on the eight keys to career success and recount stories that show your mastery of the competency. This will help you anticipate question topics and recall the specifics of the situation. Using the STAR format to respond to questions ensures you … 

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Preparing for an On-Campus Interview

So you’ve taken all of our advice and now you’re preparing for your interview—bonus: it’s right here on campus! The company obviously likes you and thinks you’re qualified – so how do you make the most out of your interview? Follow these tips to prepare, and hopefully ace, this opportunity.

Prepare All of Your Materials

It seems simple, but having all of your materials prepared can show employers that you are organized and offer you some peace of mind. Having copies of your resume, cover letter, and questions ready to go for the interviewers and your own personal use is a worthwhile step in preparation.

Prepare Follow up Questions

At the end of every interview you’ll get the opportunity to talk with your interviewer or company representative, and this is a crucial step in the process. They’ll expect you to ask questions, so make sure you come with a few … 

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