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Post Interview Checklist

The interview is over, and the waiting game begins. It seemed to go well, but you’re still waiting to hear back. What should you be doing after the interview?

Send a thank you.

A thoughtful thank you should be sent to the recruiter(s) within 24 hours. CareerBuilder conducted a survey, which showed that 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who did not send a thank you, and 91% of employers liked being thanked for the interview. Recognize that many company representatives conducting interviews are taking on recruiting as an addiitonal task to their engineering job, so thanking them for the the extra effort can go a long way.

Refer to your notes after the interview and write something thoughtful. Email is the quickest way to follow up. A nice additional touch would be promptly mailing out a personal, hand-written thank you note.  

Follow the interviewer’s guidelines, and … 

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Common Mistakes New Grads Make at Their First Job

A college diploma may get you a full-time job after graduation, but it doesn’t guarantee that you will stay employed or get promoted. Once you do secure that dream job, it’s time to work just as hard at getting off on the right foot. While making a mistake or two is, well, part of the job—and part of the learning process—below are a few common ones that new graduates often make:

Misdirection

We all get stumped or puzzled with a problem at work. Realize that unexpected problems are expected, and a manager’s job is to ensure his/her team is operating at top performance. Rather than waste hours or even days on trying to figure this issue out on your own, ask your colleagues or supervisor for direction and advice. Most bosses are more understanding than you’d think. Asking specific questions is expected. In fact, asking the right questions will show … 

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Your First 30 Days on the Job

You worked hard throughout college to keep your grades up, obtain relevant internships/co-ops, and now you’ve landed a great engineering job. CONGRATS!! As you prepare for your first job in the “real world”, there are some very important things to know in regards to being successful on the job. How you act and perform the first month are crucial to a successful career.

Below is a list of tips to help guide you in your first 30 days on the job.

  1. Be punctual:  As a new employee, you should arrive on time (if not early) and leave on time or a little later.  If you take a lunch break, it should be no more than an hour.  You want to establish a reputation as a hard worker, not someone who is consistently late.
  2. Build relationships:  Seek out your coworkers: do not wait for a colleague or manager to … 
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Food for Thought: Dining with Employers

Employers want to hire well-rounded individuals. You may have a great resume and impressive interview answers, lack of social skills and table manners could leave a negative impression that could ultimately cost you a job offer. Company representatives will observe you in less formal situations to see how you would represent the company in future social settings. So, be sure to show enthusiasm, maintain eye contact/good posture, and know the basic rules of dining etiquette!

Before the Meal

In addition to researching the employer, spend some time researching the restaurant to learn about location, parking, menu, etc. Pick out a few meal options on the menu that you might order. Remember- don’t go overboard with price just because someone else is paying! Narrowing down your options ahead of time will allow you to engage in better conversation with the employer.  It can also be practical if you have a dietary restriction … 

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Engineering Career Success Conference (Are You Ready?)

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and fall semester is right around the corner. I'm not sure what your summer highlights were, but definitely at the top of my list was the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Even though the U.S. didn’t make it all the way to then end, we had some great games, and I am already looking forward to the 2018 World Cup. It’s crazy to think that four years of preparation and anticipation goes into this one season, but I think that’s what makes it so great!

As the summer wraps up, many of you are heading into you first full-time engineering career search. In a similar fashion, you have spent the last four (or more) years preparing for this season too. Almost 70% of our on-campus interviews take place in the fall and the Engineering Expo will be here before you … 

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