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Interviewing: General Advice

Using STRENGTHS During Interviews

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

A job interview can be a very stressful experience.  However, by taking the opportunity to develop and rehearse your responses to frequently asked interview questions, you can eliminate much of that stress and perform more successfully in an interview.  One way to prepare answers for an interview is by focusing on your strengths.  If you have completed the StrengthsQuest assessment previously, focusing on your 5 Signature Themes is a great place to start.  If you have not done the assessment, simply being aware of your accomplishments and talents is a great way to ace that interview.

Start by listing three of the most meaningful and important jobs, leadership roles, or volunteer positions you have held.  For each item listed, identify five responsibilities or outcomes that you … 

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Using Social Media and the Internet to Your Advantage before an Interview

“So, can you tell me what attracted you to our company?” 

Are you prepared to answer this question during a job interview? All too often students show up for an interview dressed to impress and prepared to answer questions about themselves, but balk when the conversation turns to the company itself.

It is imperative to research the company with whom you are interviewing so you can sell why you’d be a great fit. You can be spot-on with all other responses, but if it’s apparent you don’t know anything about the company, it’s an immediate turn-off to a recruiter. Plus, how do you know you’re a qualified candidate if you haven’t done your homework about the employer?

It’s not necessary to memorize the entire profile of an organization, but it is smart to at least browse their website, especially the “About Us” section. Also, many employers hold information sessions prior … 

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Don't be discouraged, technical interviewers expect you to fail

Today's blog post is written by Ohio State alum, Nathan Stuller, who has a degree in Computer & Information Science. He's currently a programming consultant living in Cincinnati who primarily focuses on Microsoft technology. He has over nine years of experience developing, designing, and supporting enterprise software systems has come from a variety of roles, including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Charter Communications as well as software start-ups. Nathan will be providing tips on how to keep your cool during a technical interview...

Do not strive to “ace” a technical interview. To try to do so would be flawed thinking because:


  • Trying to be perfect is stressful

  • It is not necessary to get the job

  • The interviewer is trying to stump you




Consider this, interviewers challenge many candidates and have a great deal of experience evaluating responses. They are trained to increase … 

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Recruiters' feedback on OSU engineering students' interviewing skills

When recruiters come on campus to interview, we ask them to give us feedback on individual candidates and on our students in general. We then email students with individual feedback. I wanted to share some general comments with you.

We ask, “How can our students improve their interview skills?”

Answers from our employers:

  • Prepare for behavioral questions that are in the ECS Student Handbook.

  • Fairly pleased with the interviewing skills.

  • Practice!

  • Research the companies you are interviewing with and develop a career path.

  • Their skills are very good compared to what I’ve experienced.

  • Try not to use the same example for the multitude of questions asked.

  • Be more excited, get involved, and improve resumes!

  • Have solid, prepared questions.

  • Bring materials with you – resumes, examples of work, etc…

  • Familiarity with STAR interviewing. Be able to describe your individual role in a project (not just “we”).

  • Make answers more relevant to … 
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Be Prepared for Interview Emergencies

Today's blog is written by ECS graduate advisor, Tara McCarron...

Interviews are an opportunity to put your best foot forward and make a positive first impression on a company you hope to work for. Part of making a positive first impression includes presenting a polished appearance with appropriate attire. I recommend putting together an “Interview Emergency Kit” to help you overcome potential wardrobe malfunctions.

What to include:


  • A small shoe shine and repair kit…it’s so easy to scuff your shoes walking up or down stairs. Nasty weather could muck up your shoes too.

  • A sewing kit…in case you lose a button.

  • A few safety pins and some mending tape…if you are not sure what mending tape is, it’s similar to two-sided tape. It works great in holding up hems that have come down or sleeves that are too long. The sleeve can be folded under and mending tape can … 
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