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Employer on-campus interviewing feedback

As generally the last person to talk to recruiters after they finish a day of on-campus recruiting at ECS, I hear a lot of feedback about our students. Most of it is positive; I often have recruiters tell me how refreshing it is to interview so many great candidates in one day. However, I also hear about it when students don’t exactly meet their expectations. Here are a few of the most common recruiter complaints—and what to do to avoid these mistakes!

  • Wear proper interview attire!

I cannot stress this enough! First impressions are absolutely critical. If not explicitly stated by the interviewer in advance, formal interview attire is expected every time. I’ve had recruiters tell me that a candidate had great credentials but that the casual dress made them reconsider. Formal interview attire may seem a hassle when you are also have class and other activities on the same … 

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Common Greeting Etiquette Mistakes

How you greet someone professionally is one of the most important parts of your job search. Most people know what constitutes good manners in their culture, and very few people deliberately set out to be rude. And while in my position at the front desk of Engineering Career Services I rarely see anyone with overtly bad manners, I do see many opportunities to have better manners. It’s not enough to KNOW what the right thing to do is, you must then DO it.

Many of the slip-ups that I see come from the same source—nervousness. When your adrenaline is high for an interview or any kind of meeting, you can sometimes forget the niceties that will make the best first impression possible. The key to overcoming this is, of course, practice. Practice your professional greetings until they are second nature. Trust me, with a few minor polishes, you can stand … 

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Holiday Workplace Etiquette

It’s December once again, and the holiday season is upon us. Amidst all the fun and festivity, be sure that your New Year’s resolution isn’t to make up for gaffes at the holiday party. In the season of office gift-giving, parties, and karaoke, some common sense and a few simple rules can make sure that you can both enjoy yourself and face your co-workers on Monday morning.

1.Know the company culture

Company culture is how the company does things and what expectations are. How does the company celebrate (or not) during the holiday season? What are the gift-giving policies? What level of formality is expected at social gatherings? Some companies will have written policies available, but often asking is your best bet to make sure you’re not the only one with your desk decorated with lights (or vice versa).

2.Be friendly and polite

This is also a time … 

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Professional communication key to positive first impressions!

So many of your first encounters with a potential employer will be by email or by phone. Don’t let bad habits sink your interview before you even know it’s being offered! Here are some common sense tips on how to make sure that your phone and computer are helping you in your job search!

1.       Clean out your email inbox!

If your inbox is at capacity, then anyone sending you a message will have it bounced back to them. Likely, an employer won’t try twice, they’ll just move on to their next candidate. Also, if you have a full inbox, you may miss important messages as they get buried in the mix.

2.       Clear your voicemail!

On the same note, make sure that you not only have a professional voicemail message, but that employers can leave a message if they choose. Employers find the canned “This subscriber’s … 

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Professionalism on the Job

Today's blog post is written by Jillian Baer, ECS Graduate Assistant

Whether you will be participating in a volunteer, part-time, co-op, internship, or career employment position this summer, you will want to make the best impression possible to ensure a good reference and build your network for future employment.  You are a representative of The Ohio State University as well as the company that has hired you.  This means you must meet professional standards.  Based on a collection of resources, ECS has compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to consider when managing your professionalism on the job.

Relationships on the job:

  • Do find a respected co-worker to be your mentor and sounding board
  • Do make sure you clearly understand what your supervisor expects from you
    • Check in frequently and ask a lot of questions!
  • Don’t take things personally, but use the constructive feedback as an opportunity … 
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