iSchool Career Services Newsletter 4/15/2013

4/15/2013 Career Newsletter

Career News

  • Thanks to the students who registered and attended our iSchool Mock Interview event yesterday, it was a fabulous opportunity! An extremely important reminder about professionalism: If you register to an event, it’s important to follow through with your attendance. To register or RSVP means that people (including the employers!) will prepare specifically to see you. Be sure you’re avoiding conflicts in advance before you register.

Career Tips

Interview Feedback for iSchoolers from Hiring Managers

We had a fabulous mock interview session at the iSchool yesterday, with 10 hiring managers/ recruiters from companies such as KPMG, Seattle Public Library, PwC, Costco, Point B, and many others. I collected feedback from all of them on what they want to hear from the iSchool students they have interviewed, here is their collective input:

1. Confidence is key. Project confidence in your interview. If you don’t know the answer to a question an interviewer asks, talk about how you would go about solving the problem or finding a solution.

2. Take time to put your thoughts together. No need to rush right into responding to a question right away, taking a few seconds to collect your thoughts and formulate a response is helpful.

3. Give a firm handshake, especially for the ladies. A firm handshake projects confidence and self-respect.

4. You never know what kind of interviewer you will encounter. Practice both open-ended and specific questions. Be ready to answer vague or specific questions, and to respond to a wide range of questions.

5. The elevator pitch is key. Have one, practice it!

6. Prepare. Practice your answers to anticipated difficult questions, and prepare answers. Be overprepared, but practice your delivery so that you come across as smooth and confident, and not cocky or staged.

7. Prepare for negative questions. When I ask a question about a negative, I want to know how you recovered from that experience and resolved it.

8. Do your research, go beyond. Be prepared by knowing extra information about the company, like what’s in the news about them, who their clients are and/or what their products and services are.

9. We don’t want you to fail. Remember that your interviewer is a real person, and wants to see you succeed. Bad interviews are bad for us too, we don’t want to have them.

10. Come armed and ready to find out if the company is right for you. Interviewing goes both ways.

11. Don’t assume that an interviewer has read your resume in depth. They may have only skimmed it, some of them may not have read it at all. Describe detailed examples from things on your resume.

Career Events This Week

Mon., April 15 | 8:15 am – 4:30 pm


Mon., April 15 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Career Fair Success

Mon., April 15 | 3 – 4 pm

Resumes, CV’s & Cover Letters

Mon., April 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: Fisher Investments

Tue., April 16 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420

Employer Information Session: CIA

Tue., April 16 | 3 – 7 pm

Spring Career Fair

Wed., April 17 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 310D

MLIS drop-in job search

Wed., April 17 | 5:30 – 7 pm

Meet the Employer: Techtronic Corporation

Thu., April 18 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Successful Interviews

Thu., April 18 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm – MGH 420

Employer Information Session: Washington State Library

Thu., April 18 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet the Employer: AT&T

Fri., April 19 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Finding Jobs & Internships

Mon., April 22 | 2:30 – 4 pm

Identify Your Strengths


Highlighted Professional Jobs


Sr .Technical Data Analyst

North Olympic Library System – Port Angeles Library

Information Technology Specialist II

Yale University Library

Discovery Metadata Librarian

End User Support Specialist

Highlighted Student Jobs


Analytics Internship (HuskyJobs #69326)


Intern, Compute and Storage, ITS, Infrastructure Engineer (HuskyJobs #69317)

Sustainable World Coalition

Social Media Intern (HuskyJobs #69321)

Concur Technologies

Intern QA (HuskyJobs #69287)


Student Intern – User Experience


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