4/15/2013 Career Newsletter
- 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.
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
Mon., April 15 | 3 – 4 pm
Mon., April 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tue., April 16 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 420
Employer Information Session: CIA
Tue., April 16 | 3 – 7 pm
Wed., April 17 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm – MGH 310D
MLIS drop-in job search
Wed., April 17 | 5:30 – 7 pm
Thu., April 18 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thu., April 18 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm – MGH 420
Employer Information Session: Washington State Library
Thu., April 18 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fri., April 19 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Mon., April 22 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Highlighted Professional Jobs
North Olympic Library System – Port Angeles Library
Yale University Library
Highlighted Student Jobs
Sustainable World Coalition