Job Search Resources

Interviewing Smarter

Procrastination is one of the first and most formidable symptoms of fear. Don't give in to it. An opportunity deferred is, often, an opportunity lost.

A good interview is a good conversation. Don't make the recruiter drag the information out of you. Develop your answers so the interviewer can get a clear picture of your experience and abilities.

Keep your sense of humor. When things go wrong - and they will go wrong - you can only hurt yourself in the eyes of a potential employer if you are too easily upset by the unexpected.

The job looks good but relocation is required and you aren't sure you're ready to move? Interview first, then decide. Give yourself every opportunity to find the best job available to you.

Have you prepared a list of references? Contact instructors, appropriate people for permission to use them as references. Make sure you get accurate daytime phone numbers from them. Send them a copy of your resume - it will make it much easier for them to talk about you.

Lots of good interviewing opportunities in the same week? Don't stretch yourself too thin and try to do them all. Write, call, or e-mail some of the employers and ask to interview at their places of business during a week when you aren't so busy. If you're a good candidate, they'll fit you into their schedule.

Make notes after an interview. What was the recruiter's name? What went well in the interview? What questions could you have answered better? What kind of follow-up is anticipated?

Asking for lots of interviews but getting few or none? Talk to a career counselor. Maybe your resume isn't helping you as well as it should.

Two words about practice interviews (interviewing for a job you don't really want): DON'T BOTHER. If you don't prepare for an interview as though you really want or are at least somewhat interested in the job, you'll just be practicing bad habits. Recruiters are less impressed by a person who is a polished interviewer than a person who shows real interest in the job that's being offered.

Campus Recruiting may be your best and only shot at some of these employers, so don't waste a lot of time "getting ready to get ready." You can polish your resume, shop for the perfect suit, and read job search advice books into the next century, but the best way to get a good job is to interview, interview, interview.

You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion.

Calm down! Were you a completely confident freshman when you came to college? Like most of your peers, you probably experienced some anxiety and fear of failure. This job search thing isn't a bit harder than that.

Some people will tell you that the campus recruiters are here to "weed you out." Not true! A good recruiter begins every interview hoping that that person will be a star. But if you can't connect with a recruiter within the first few minutes of the interview, you're history. Good eye contact, good listening skills, well-reasoned responses . . . it's COMS 100 all over again, and never more important to your success.

Common sense: If the weather is bad (really bad ice, heavy snow, stuff like that), call the Campus Recruiting office before you leave home to make sure your recruiter got here.

Never ever refer to a woman as a girl, as in, "The girl at the front desk said to talk to you." She's a grown woman and it's disrespectful to speak of her as though she were a child.

Bring an extra copy of your resume, a copy of your transcript, and your reference list to an interview. You probably won't need them in a first interview situation, but it's best to have them anyway.

If you don't find a job through campus recruiting, don't despair . . .There are other career services available to you.