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Interviewing: General Advice

Eliminating Pre-Interview Nerves

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.

ECS suggests using any/all of the resources below. They prepare you with what to expect and how to respond to interviewers.

  • ECS Student Handbook – The section on interviewing, located on pp. 25 – 31, gives concrete … 
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Attention Seniors: Network with Employers Before Expo at ECSC

Not only is it a new semester, it’s FALL semester! And fall semester means seeing your college friends again, football games, changing leaves, cool weather… the list could go on! For all of you seniors – this is an exciting yet bittersweet time. Be sure to enjoy your last year as a college student while also planning for your future.

Even though graduation is several months away, NOW is the time to begin your full-time job search! Yes, you read it correctly – seniors should begin job searching as soon as the first week of classes kicks off. Many companies begin to seek out career employment talent in the fall by participating in information sessions, career fairs and on-campus interviews. Make it your goal to network with employers at all of these events! One unique event that is exclusive to seniors and offers the chance to interact with employers is the … 

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"That Didn't Go So Well." How to Avoid or Recover from Awkward Job Search Moments

We have all had at least one—an awkward job search moment that makes you panic even more than you already were.  While I maintain that preparation is key to success, I also understand that sometimes we cannot anticipate situations. And other times (let’s be honest) we just weren’t prepared. Here are a few job search concerns I’ve heard from students and ways to recover or respond.

You can’t think of a response to the behavioral interview question:

First of all, brief silence is OK. If you take a moment to gather your thoughts, you will likely be able to come up with a response. What happens if you can’t? Stay calm, cool, and collected. Let the interviewer know that you are unable to think of a response at the moment and ask if you can come back to the question.

“That’s a great question. I know I have an example … 

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ECS launches Buckeye Engineers Work!

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign for the month of April and enter to win a free suit!

Are you excited about your upcoming co-op, internship, or full-time employment? Or are you looking for that right opportunity? During the month of April, ECS is celebrating the exciting work opportunities our engineering students have done and will be doing, and we are also doing a push to help those who are looking! See below for opportunities!

Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy a new suit.  Multiple activities = multiple entries!

Already got work?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  1. COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie.  Note: Enrollment in … 
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What is VIA Character Strengths--and how can I use it my job search?

What is VIA Character Strengths?
The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. VIA focuses on the science of strengths through research, surveys, and tools.  To date, over 4.6 million people have taken the VIA Survey. This survey takes inventory of your character strengths, offering a tool for reflection and giving you a vocabulary to use when communicating them. It is a psychometrically validated personality test revealing your positive character attributes.

How can I determine my strengths and why should I know them?
First, take the free survey HERE. Remember that this is an inventory of your character strengths, not an invitation for you to immediately jump to the last page and focus on your weaknesses! 

Upon taking the survey you will receive a report of the 24 character strengths, beginning with your strongest. Short descriptions of each are provided, and it is recommended that … 

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