iSchool Career Services Newsletter 10/22/2012

Career News and Tips

Interviewing

Have you been called for an interview on a job or internship you applied to? Are you waiting to be called for an interview on a job you recently applied to? Peruse these tips to get started on preparing and make the best impression you can!

1. Give examples in response to interview questions using the PAR method. PAR stands for Problem, Action, Result, and is a great way to describe your experience in terms of actual experiences and examples of your work and school experience. Use PAR to provide examples for any behavioral question you get, such as those relating to problem solving, team work, strengths or weaknesses, accomplishments or failures. This framework ensures that you have an example for every question you answer, and that you stay on track in answering the question and providing evidence of your capabilities. Prepare your PAR stories in advance so you have a few to draw upon when you interview.

2. Anticipate and prepare for common questions. Questions like “Tell us a little bit about yourself” and questions about the experience on your resume, your experience solving problems or working on teams or demonstrating leadership are all common interview questions you should expect. If you’re applying for a software development position or one that is highly technical, you should expect some technical questions that involve actual problem-solving. If you’re applying for consulting, you’ll come across case interview questions. Ask your recruiter what to expect, if they have any sample questions that will help you prepare, and do research online and via books like “Cracking the Coding Interview” can help you prepare. Glassdoor.com is a good resource to find previously-asked interview questions, and talk to your peers who may have gone through the hiring process at the companies you’re interviewing at for their input on what questions to expect. Prepare possible answers in advance!

3. Practice. Mock interviews are proven to help with interview success, so practice your responses as much as possible. The more you interview and practicing answering interview questions, the better you will be. Enlist help from Janet or the Career Center to do mock interviews, and if there isn’t time to schedule something in advance, asking a friend, professor, partner, or mentor to run through a few interview questions with you so you can practice is an excellent way to prepare.

And, see below for some interviewing preparation workshops coming up through the Career Center for even more help and practice! Good luck!

Career Events

Mon., October 22 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm – MGH 258

Boeing IT and Library Internship Information Session

Mon., October 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Resumes, CVs & Cover Letters

Mon., October 22 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Successful Interviews

Mon., October 22 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Career Fair Success

Mon., October 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Accenture

Tue., October 23 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 430

Employer Research Time for SEBA Career Fair

Tue., October 23 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Resumes, CVs & Cover Letters

Tue., October 23 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm – MGH 258

iSchool Employer Information Session: Accenture Labs

Weds., October 24 | 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Science and Engineering (SEBA) Career Fair

Weds., October 24 | 5:30 – 7:00  pm

Meet the Employer: Hitachi Consulting

Weds., October 24 | 6:00 – 7:00  pm

Joint Info Session: Teach for America, Peace Corps, Americorps, City Year

Thu., October 25 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Successful Interviews

Thu., October 25 | 5:30 – 7 pm

Meet the Employer: Ernst and Young

Thu., October 25 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer – Schlumberger

Mon., October 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Expeditors

Tue., October 30 | 12:30– 1:20 pm – MGH 420

ASIS&T Speaker Series: User Experience / Information Architecture

Tue., October 30 | 3 – 4 pm

Finding Jobs & Internships

Tue., October 30 | 5 – 7 pm

HUGO BOSS – How to Dress to Impress

 

Highlighted Professional Jobs

Tableau Software

Technical Program Manager (iCareers #82)

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Instruction Librarian (iCareers #81)

WSDOT Office of Information Technology

Mainframe Database / Data Security Administrator

Contact EveretA@wsdot.wa.gov for more information (also listed on iprojobs)

Technical Library, Naval Air Warfare Center

Librarian

University of Washington

Network Engineer  (Req # 89840)

Highlighted Student Jobs

King Count Information Technology

Public Health IT Intern – Workstudy (iCareers # 83)

Amazon

Finance Analyst Intern (iCareers #79)

Boeing

Intern – Information Professional (iCareers #77)

GreenBridge Computing

Computer Systems Intern (HuskyJobs #65385)

 

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