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Interviewing: General Advice

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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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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"Tell Me About Yourself." What Do You Want to Know?

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 … 

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8 Keys to Career Success

Success in the workplace requires a combination of skills, competencies, and experience. When recruiting talented engineers, employers assess your potential by reviewing your documents and interactions via interviews and events. Based on research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), ECS spotlights 8 Keys to Career Success. Does your resume reflect some of these competencies? When interviewing, are you able to confidently show your abilities related to critical thinking, communication, leadership, etc.? Let’s take a look at the 8 Keys below.

Critical Thinking: Analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems by interpreting facts and exercising reason.

  • Critical thinking skills are put to the test every day during your engineering coursework. The tough part often lies in explaining your decision making process. Practice the structured method as outlined in the Student Handbook (p.34).

Communication: Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively in written and oral forms to a variety of … 

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