iSchool Career Services Newsletter 5/21/2012

Career News and Tips


If you haven’t already found a summer internship or post-graduation job, you’re probably in the stage of interviewing for positions! If you haven’t come to me for help and advice on interviews, here are the tips I most frequently dish out.

1. Research! Anticipate the questions you’ll get by thinking back on your previous interviews and what you were asked, by doing a google search on common questions, or searching on for interview questions specific to that company. Common questions include: Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths/weaknesses, talk about a time when you solved a difficult problem, worked in a team, or used innovation and leadership on the job, why should we hire you or why are you applying for this position, and what are your questions for the interviewer. Review information on the company, including recent news items about them, and look specifically for information on the group that you’ll be working with if it’s a large company. Did that group win any awards or work on any major projects recently? Do a search on the names of the people you’ll be interviewing with to find out more about their role and achievements.

2. Use the “PAR” method to answer questions. PAR stands for Problem, Action, Result. Begin the answer to an interview question by stating that you have an example (or a few examples) of that situation from your past experience, and describe an example by starting with what the problem was that required your attention, what actions you took to resolve it, and what the outcome of those actions was. Outline several of these examples and stories in advance of your interview.

3. Practice. Do a mock interview at the main UW Career Center or with Janet, or simply practice telling your PAR stories to a friend/partner/classmate. The more speak your examples out loud the more natural they will sound when you tell them in an interview.

4. Refresh. There are a ton of resources on interviewing, and our UW Career Center has a fabulous online workshop with lots of other great information. In addition to preparation, remember the little things like bringing your resume with you, prepare smart and engaging questions for your interviewers, be polite and pleasant with everyone you meet, and send a thank-you note afterward.

If you need more support, contact me: Happy Interviewing!

Career Events

Mon., May 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm

Job Search for International Students workshop

Tue., May 22 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

iSchool “Don’t be Awkward” Networking Workshop: MGH 420

Tue., May 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Summer Language Internships & Career Info Session

Tue., May 22 | 2 – 3:30 pm

Fame Fortune or Fun! Workshop

Tue., May 22 | 4 – 8 pm

SAA-UW Tour of Seattle Municipal Archives/SPL’s Seattle Room – Seattle City Hall

Tue., May 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer –

Wed., May 23 | 3 – 4:30 pm

Successful Interviews workshop

Wed., May 23 | 4 – 6 pm

Women who Tech Happy Hour – Deca Lounge

Wed., May 23 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet The Employer – Tableau Software

Thu., May 24 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Job and Internship seekers drop-in group: MGH 310-D

Thu., May 24 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Job Offer & Salary Negotiations workshop

Fri., May 25 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Resumes & Cover Letters workshop

Tues., May 29 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Digital Librarianship Advising Pod – MGH 420


Professional Jobs

Design Commission

Front-end developer

Contact for more information (also available on iprojobs)

UW iSchool

Oregon State University Libraries

Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement

Contact for more information.

US Forest Service

Physical Science Technician

Contact ischildress@fs.fed.usfor more information (also listed on iprojobs)

Mercer Island School District

2 full time Library/Media Specialists

For more information contact

Pierce County

IT Project Manager and IT Analyst

Contact for more information.

Associate UX Designer

Associate Visual Designer

Associate UX Researcher

UX Intern

Contact Shawn Elson [] for more information.

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Greenlease Library (Kansas City, MO)

UC Riverside

Oregon State Library

Principal Executive/Manager D (Government Research Services Program Manager)

Contact for more information.

Starbucks Coffee Company

Executive Research Associate

Contact Jim Hedington for more information (also listed on iprojobs)

University of Houston Libraries

Library Instruction Fellow

Contact for more information.

Oceanside Public Library

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library- George Washington University

Web/Electronic Services Coordinator

Contact for more information (also listed on iprojobs).

University of Michigan Music Library

Alexandria Library

Children’s Librarian, Librarian I, PT/20 Hours

Contact for more information.

Serials Solutions

Lead Software Developer

Lead Technical UI Software Developer

Bilingual Software Support Specialist

Contact Shari Fox at for more information.


Technical/Customer Support Engineer

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs)


Software Developer (on HuskyJobs)


Analyst (on HuskyJobs)

Sonoma State University

Instruction and Outreach Librarian

Internships/Student Jobs

Wine World

Intern for Ecommerce

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs)

Maxwell IT

Intern – Technical Writing/Informatics

Contact for more information (also listed on istujobs)

UW Medicine

Web Production Intern

Contact Melinda Partin, for more information (also listed on istujobs)


University of Washington Libraries

Student Reference Specialist



Contact Elizabeth Higgins for more information (also listed on istujobs)


Pentagon Library

Summer Intern

Contact Betsy Jayasuriya [] for more information (also listed on istujobs)

Knowledge As Power

Interaction Design Intern (on HuskyJobs)

Scribes STAT, Inc. (TPES)

UW Medicine IT

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