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Old 02-19-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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Just looking for any tips or advice for how to prepare myself for job interviews and what kinds of things impresses employers the most.

I wont graduate until in a year, but I am starting to look for things I can do to boost my resume and appear attractive for future employers.

How important are grades?
How about clubs and organizations?
Internships?

I plan on moving to a bigger city in a different state when I graduate, would that be a reasonable goal though?
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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Good luck finding a decent job in this economy.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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When I interview people, I am looking for excellent communication and people skills. A good attitude and willingness to learn is important.

You can teach people how to perform most tasks....but you either have good communication and people skills and a good attitude....or you don't.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:12 PM   #4
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BTW....I never care about grades and clubs when doing an interview.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:26 PM   #5
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BTW....I never care about grades and clubs when doing an interview.
Me either....I want to know 3 things:

1) How fast you can really learn without disrupting the office. Take a notebook and write down everything they tell you - It's a gesture that shows you want the job and want to learn from day 1.
2) If you can deal with problems by yourself instead of being a problem in the workplace.
3) What you bring to the office that I can't find in someone else your field.

There are some other items...but for the most part, do things better than your boss and you'll always have a job.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:37 PM   #6
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Listen .... listen .... listen to the interviewer. And if appropriate, repeat the question (or part of it) at some point in your answer.

Be calm but very attentive ... do not be the first to speak after any pause of any length.

Mirror the interviewer's body language and speed/characteristics of speech.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:49 PM   #7
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:51 PM   #8
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internships are key. employers love experience.
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When interviewing, I look for the following....in no particular order of importance:

1. Errors on the resume'

2. Excellent communication / customer service skills

3. Team player / someone that seems to be personable and isn't so set in their ways that they can't bend.

4. Professionalism

5. Attire - wear nice cloths, shave etc. It seems like a no brain-er but you'd be surprised.

6. Ability to work in a fast pace environment with many changes in policies, systems and standard operating procedures.

7. Someone who is able to focus and strive towards goals but still think "big picture".

8. Someone that doesn't melt down every time someone rubs them wrong.
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I do what everyone else mentions but most important...
I always look for someonr who will fits the organization culture. I believe its so important because you can coach high performance, but not culture. Either the prospect has it, or not. Ofcourse high culture and high performance is ideal.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:54 AM   #11
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Just looking for any tips or advice for how to prepare myself for job interviews and what kinds of things impresses employers the most.

I wont graduate until in a year, but I am starting to look for things I can do to boost my resume and appear attractive for future employers.

How important are grades?Meh....they only matter in your first job after school
How about clubs and organizations?depends, president of your fraternity is not as beaming as president of your class
Internships?very key, shows you take initiative.

I plan on moving to a bigger city in a different state when I graduate, would that be a reasonable goal though?
Study the company you are interviewing with, know the inside and outside details. What do they do? What is there profit? What are the core beliefs?

Practice the interview, what are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What is your primary goal? What do you want to do in 5 years? 10 years? 30?

Ask key questions, What is the job ladder like there? How do I move up? Ask if they offer the chance to further your education. Ask you potential boss what he/she looks for in an ideal employee....

stuff like that.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:29 AM   #12
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Just looking for any tips or advice for how to prepare myself for job interviews and what kinds of things impresses employers the most.

I wont graduate until in a year, but I am starting to look for things I can do to boost my resume and appear attractive for future employers.

How important are grades?
How about clubs and organizations?
Internships?

I plan on moving to a bigger city in a different state when I graduate, would that be a reasonable goal though?
I suggest you take an English grammar course.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:34 AM   #13
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I do what everyone else mentions but most important...
I always look for someonr who will fits the organization culture. I believe its so important because you can coach high performance, but not culture. Either the prospect has it, or not. Ofcourse high culture and high performance is ideal.
What field are you in?
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:46 AM   #14
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Just looking for any tips or advice for how to prepare myself for job interviews and what kinds of things impresses employers the most.

I wont graduate until in a year, but I am starting to look for things I can do to boost my resume and appear attractive for future employers.

How important are grades?
How about clubs and organizations?
Internships?

I plan on moving to a bigger city in a different state when I graduate, would that be a reasonable goal though?

Grades only get you in the door, they don't prove anything. And after your first job no one cares
Club/Org don't mean anything
Internship are good if they are in the field that company is working in. It an experience thing that you can build on.

- First rule, relax. You will be nervous (everyone is) but just take a breath and think before you answer the questions.
- Second do research on the company, know what it does, and depending on the size of the company know the key players.
- Third dress correctly for the interview. Get a hair cut, have clean shirt/suit/tie etc and take out any body piercing and if you are guy no ear rings. If you have tattoos cover them. First looks are important.
- Fourth be ready to answer the following question. What interest you about the job, explain how you have solved a problem (looking for skills set), what would make you an asset to the firm.
- Fifth be prepare to smart questions about the company. What is the growth goals, what are the challenges in the market that you looking to overcome, tell me about you clients, why do they like doing business with you, who are your competitors (do research on this).
- Finally when you are done, end it - don't waste their time

Good luck
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:30 AM   #15
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When I interview people, I am looking for excellent communication and people skills. A good attitude and willingness to learn is important.

You can teach people how to perform most tasks....but you either have good communication and people skills and a good attitude....or you don't.
Amen to that......My degree is Communication with an emphasis in Business
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:02 AM   #16
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I graduated from Arizona State a couple of years ago, and I did not have one person in any interview ask me about my grades. The most important thigs are:

Willingness/ability to learn and be coachable

Team Player

Good people and communication skills

Make the point that you can do anything somebody is willing to teach you
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:05 AM   #17
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Grades never came up for me. The fact I played sports did, as some employers like that you showed commitment to organization. Frats are hit-and-miss as some see value in them and others hate them. The big thing for me were internships.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:12 AM   #18
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A big thing I noticed during that whole process (been through it twice now, and now I interview others) is that the personality of the applicant is much more important thatn whats on paper....


ALSO, a huge thing to do is to ASK QUESTIONS....the worst way to end an interview is to have the person say "so, do you ahve any questions for me" and you say "no"

always have like 3-4 questions about the company or industry

and don't ask about sick days or vacation
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:15 AM   #19
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Just looking for any tips or advice for how to prepare myself for job interviews and what kinds of things impresses employers the most.

I wont graduate until in a year, but I am starting to look for things I can do to boost my resume and appear attractive for future employers.

How important are grades?
How about clubs and organizations?
Internships?

I plan on moving to a bigger city in a different state when I graduate, would that be a reasonable goal though?

I would only worry about grades if you finace/accounting/medical

If your other business or anything else, grades aret to worry about.

But I would try for an internship this summer, even its not a high profile one. My internship helped me out. If your looking at Clubs, I would say business clubs are a good way to go. Even if your not in business , you can join the "environmental business club" to help us go green. Most business clubs are low involvement, and they look good on a resume. They also let you meet some cool people.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:29 AM   #20
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My advice to you. Get your Masters or Doctorates. Its going to be hard out here for a grad for the next few years. But if you want to market yourself best do an internship. And don't do an internship because its called an internship. Speak to your faculty and seek their advice and find an internship that is prestigous and hard to get. Looks better on paper that way. Also join student organizations in your field. Surprisingly, volunteer work helped me land my internship that turned into my job.

Have your resume edited by someone heck even have a specialist help you. It may cost money but trust me I see resumes that suck complete ass all the time. These people may be freat candidates but a poorly constructed resume full of errors will kill it. Remember treat your resume like gold its your reputation on the line.

thats my $.02
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My advice to you. Get your Masters or Doctorates. Its going to be hard out here for a grad for the next few years. But if you want to market yourself best do an internship. And don't do an internship because its called an internship. Speak to your faculty and seek their advice and find an internship that is prestigous and hard to get. Looks better on paper that way. Also join student organizations in your field. Surprisingly, volunteer work helped me land my internship that turned into my job.

Have your resume edited by someone heck even have a specialist help you. It may cost money but trust me I see resumes that suck complete ass all the time. These people may be freat candidates but a poorly constructed resume full of errors will kill it. Remember treat your resume like gold its your reputation on the line.

thats my $.02
i agree with this 100%.....internships right out of college are such a good idea...it will suck to not be making money, but its an investment into your own professional life....
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:49 AM   #22
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Real life experience in your appropriate field is most important. Internships, part time jobs, summer jobs, etc.

Talk with some of the counselors or career people around school and see about doing some mock interviews. See if some of your professors can help with this. The more times you interview the more comfortable you get in them and can relax. It prepares you for some of the questions that get constantly asked.

Do lot's of research on the companies you will be interviewing with. Take the initiative to know what it is the company does.
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When I interview, I want to know the the prospect did some homework and tried to learn as much about the company and position as possible. I especially get excited when the interviewee starts asking well thought out questions and even suggests some business ideas or solutions to a problem. That shows me they have initiative, are thoughtful, and some guts.

Other than that, make sure you take some coke and talk a lot. You will be fine.



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Get a financial report from Yahoo or something for the company you are applying to. My first interview landed me a killer job and so I cancelled the others that I had scheduled. A month or so after I got hired my employer was filing for Chapter 7.
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lol yep that is me
My grades are fine, but I guess I need to keep them a priority then?
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