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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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My Internship at Tesla: A Student's Perspective

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Sanchi Arora, a December 2016 Industrial Systems Engineering graduate, shares her experience as an Intern with Tesla. After graduation, Sanchi accepted a full time position with Accenture.

Tell us about your Production Control Analytics Intern role at Tesla:

Once I started working, I soon learned that my role would change from day to day. I mainly focused on improving the line side sequencing and car customization processes.

During my internship, I expressed my keen interest in analytics and using big data to draw insights. Because I spoke up, my team offered to give me work that complimented my interests resulting in live Tableau dashboards that traced inventory around the factory, addressing part shortages, and triggering safety stock replenishments. 

My time at Tesla was an extremely unique experience as the structure of the company is flat and everyone works together to achieve the company goal. I was able to communicate with … 

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Converting an Internship into a full-time Job

If you’ve accepted a summer internship or co-op, congrats!! You are about to embark on what I’m sure will be a fulfilling, engaging, and challenging 12 week experience.  Whether you are graduating next year or not, it is crucial that you proactively think about what you can be doing before, during, and after your work term to impress your employer. Below are my top tips for converting an internship into a full-time job.

  1. Establish goals. Within the first week of your internship, schedule an appointment with your supervisor to establish goals. Talk about projects that you would like to be a part of and the skills that you bring to the table.  Your goal is to show your boss that you are motivated while also giving them something to hold you accountable.
  2. Be dependable. I read all of the intern/co-op performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Every … 
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New Gig, New Location

The summer is right around the corner; you have a new gig, and potentially even a new location. In the university setting, it is pretty easy to get comfortable in your own element: spending time with the same people, eating at the same restaurants, interacting with the same professors. A lot of your life at Ohio State has likely become familiar. That's not a bad thing! However with new opportunities, you may be feeling excited to venture somewhere new, OR you might have a case of the nerves.

What should you consider when moving to a new place? First, I would encourage you to check out the “Think Housing” blog. This post covers various considerations when relocating.

Here are some questions to consider prior to your move:

  • Will the company assist in your moving cost? If so, how do you need to report your traveling expenses?
  • Will my cost-of-living … 
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Mobile Etiquette

The mobile phone…possibly one of the best conveniences created in recent history (some of the time). We can think of many positives for having a mobile device, but the one thing that many of us may forget is our manners when using our phone or tablet. Mobile etiquette is important, but it is probably most critical to observe at work. Here are eight tips when using your mobile device to ensure you are remembering your tech manners.  

  1. Pay attention to other people. Put your phone down when others are talking and really listen to what is being said. What your co-workers are sharing with you may be an important piece of information that you may not want to miss.  
  2. Notice others’ mobile manners. Are other co-workers bringing their phone to meetings, lunch, one-on-one conversations? If you must bring your phone for an emergency, let others know at the beginning … 
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