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by Ashley Taylor | September 24, 2019
The dreaded “Tell me about yourself” question seems simple enough, but it’s the one that trips up many candidates during interviews. It’s such a broad question—what exactly do employers want to know about you? Since this question is usually one of the first asked, having a polished and well thought out response can be the difference between starting with a great impression or getting off on the wrong foot.
While this question seems broad, it is important to remember you are in an interview. Therefore, irrelevant personal information is not necessary to include. An ideal response would offer a brief academic summary and a quick highlight of strengths and relevant experience. Finish out your answer by connecting how your experience and skills support the needs of the position for which you are applying.
If you haven’t already, reflect on why an employer should hire you and why you want to … Read More
by Alex Austin | February 13, 2018
When meeting with students I frequently get asked these two questions in regards to interviews: “How can I make the best impression?” and “How can I avoid giving damaging answers?” While these are great questions, usually a hiring decision is not based on one thing that went really well or really poorly. Oftentimes the final decision is a combination of pros and cons given throughout the interview. With that in mind, here are a few tips that will help you demonstrate how you are the best candidate.
Research the company – Every company has different goals, values, and ideals that shape the culture for their employees. A large part of landing a job and ultimately being successful is your fit within the company. Doing research on the employer means learning about what they find important. Look at their mission statement, corporate values, and recent news events. Then, you can show how … Read More
by Danielle Corrigan | November 15, 2017
Being prepared to talk about your strengths and to support them is a common interview tip. Many of us cite soft skills such as teamwork, adaptability, or communication as some of our answers, but may fall short when highlighting technical skills. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in 2017 that “a composite ‘ideal’ employee… [is] a hard-working individual with appropriate technical training…solid problem-solving skills, and the abilities to communicate well, work in teams, and to continually learn new things.” Finding an appropriate balance between soft and hard skills shows that you are a well-rounded candidate.
What are the main differences between hard (technical) skills and soft skills?
Hard skills can be learned or taught. Think of the skills you have developed thus far in your academic career. Have you learned how to program? Do you have a lot of experience using a certain software system? Do … Read More
by Amy Thaci | September 26, 2017
One-way recorded video (on-demand) interviewing, otherwise known as “asynchronous” interviews, are on the rise and since it can be somewhat awkward for candidates, it is all the better to be prepared! What exactly are these types of interviews, you ask? They are conducted with software that companies use for distance interviewing that takes the place of an actual “live” person asking you the questions.
There are 2 kinds: either the employer will request a video from the candidate in which you answer pre-scripted questions due by a certain deadline OR in the video interview, you will be the only one visible but you’ll hear an interviewer ask you the questions. Certain software might only allow a specific number of attempts at answering the question, so being prepared will ensure that you provide an impressive response with the time and attempts allotted. Here are a few tips to ensure your success with … Read More
by Laura Pizoli | September 19, 2017
You landed an interview - Congratulations! You tell your friends, call your folks, and maybe even share with a professor. You bask in the “what’s possible” for a while, but soon the “what’s imminent” sets in and you start to worry. …What will they ask me? …What will I say? …Will they like me?
Channel that nervous energy. Use it to prepare for the interview rather than fret about it. You can do a Google search to find advice ranging from getting enough rest, exercise, and proper diet to using imagery and power poses. All of that can be helpful, but the best use of your time and energy would be in preparation.
To prepare you with what to expect and how to respond to interviewers, ECS suggests using any/all of the resources below.Read More