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Interviewing Part I: What to Say

When I’m conducting interview workshops, many students want me to provide them with the answers to specific questions. That’s not really helpful (and I bet you know already know why)…because every interview is different. Answers vary based on the person answering the questions and the company conducting the interview. One piece of advice though, that is very important is this: prior to the interview, be sure to thoroughly review the job description and/or the company website and identify at least 3-5 aspects of that specific job and that specific company that not only appeals to you, but also matches up well with your qualifications and background. Also ask yourself: what more do I want to know?

Expanding on this concept, it’s important to ask early on in an interview…”what qualities is your company looking for in a candidate?” Asking this key question early on can help you frame your answers … 

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What to do if an employer won't take your resume

It can be frustrating when you are waiting in line, resume in hand, to speak with an employer at a career fair or other employer event, only to find that when your turn comes around that the employer won't take your resume...

Why do they do this?

 

Most likely they have been directed by their Human Resources and Legal Departments to direct all interested applicants to the company website or to a specific email belonging to the University Relations or Talent Acquisition teams. Some may have travelled to the event by plane and can't fit it all in their luggage. Others are simply concerned that they will be unable to get your resume in the right hands once back at the office.

 

 

What to do next?

 

 

Ask the employer what they suggest:

 

 

 


  • Is there a specific person or email address I can … 
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Working a Career Fair

Career fairs can be pretty intimidating...hundreds of companies, even more students, and those distracting freebies. I'm going to put myself in your shoes and share how I would maximize my results for success...

I've arrived early to beat the rush and get more face time with recruiters. (It is usually busiest during lunch time, and it's hard to have a real conversation when lines start forming.) I'm dressed in pressed business attire (although business casual would be fine too). I'm armed with resumes, reference pages, my unofficial transcripts (advising report) and a portfolio (for jotting notes and storing business cards). I've left my coat and book bag at coat check and my cell phone is turned off.

 

I've identified my top priority companies that I'd like to talk to. I've researched what products or services they provide and determined why I'm interested in their specific company. I've … 

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Career Fair Prep

There’s only one week left before Engineering EXPO…it’s go time! A lot of students have been asking me, “How do I best prepare for the career fair?” Well, there are some things you could be doing to put your best foot forward…


  1. Make sure your resume is up-to-date, error free, and formatted properly. Check out guidelines for formatting in the Document Library section of your CareerEngine homepage.

  2. Spend some time on the EXPO web site and see who is coming for your major. Decide which companies you are most interested in. Familiarize yourself with the company’s profile and get acquainted their web sites.

  3. Apply to companies of interest in advance! Go to your job search account and apply if there are postings…if there aren’t, go to the company’s site and view the “careers” section to apply for openings.

  4. Also print out the number of resumes that you will need for … 
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How long should your resume be?

If you’re an intern, co-op, or graduating senior, one page is the standard resume length. If you’re a graduate student with multiple publications or presentations (especially if you have four or more years of engineering experience), you will probably need at least two pages to effectively market your background.

If you’re a senior with a lot of work experience, a long list of campus activities, and a full “qualifications” section, you may be thinking, “How can I fit everything on one page?” or “What should I cut?” The answer depends largely on your unique circumstances, but these guidelines should help.
 


  1. Everything on your resume must be accurate – but everything doesn’t need to be on it. You probably have been adding things every year without editing out the earlier information that should be replaced with more current stuff. For example, by the time you’re a senior, those first-year engineering … 
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