I say it to students all the time. Finding a job is kind of like….dating. Think about it. You’re trying to impress someone, but you don’t want to seem overbearing and arrogant. You want to show someone that you know a little something about them….without seeming creepy. You want to highlight the fact that you’re a match made in heaven. Employer or love interest…it’s pretty similar.
Now, perhaps you’re reading this and thinking…”Great, I’m not so suave at the dating…there’s no hope of a job!” But fear not! Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll come off like a pro in the job search. But sorry, we can’t make any promises when it comes to your love life.
Do you have an interview coming up? If so, good for you! But are you ready? Chances are, you’re planning to prepare some answers to the typical questions. You know, “Why are you interested in this position?” and “What’s your greatest strength?” But did you know there are other types of interviews as well? The traditional interview is just one type, and it’s important to know what type of interview you’re walking into. And once you do…practice, practice, practice!
This article walks you through 5 different types of interviews, with great info on how you should handle each one.
Posted by Galina Romantsova, Career Services Graduate Assistant
This to-do list can help you with your preparation:
Mark your calendars! OSU wide Career Fair is on Tuesday, October 20th, 11am – 4pm. Engineering Career Fair is on Wednesday, October 21st, 11am – 4pm.
Go to Beaver JobNet and find out what companies are coming to the Career Fair.
Research the top companies that interest you. Spend time researching, so you’re aware of what each company does, and so you can ask great questions at the fair.
Get your resume ready. Go to Career Services and get help with your resume. Bring lots of resumes to the fair — at least two for each company for which you have an interest. If you have multiple interests or job objectives, make sure you bring enough of each version of your resume.
Prepare your one-minute “infomercial” to be ready to tell about yourself (education, professional experience, professional goals, the reason you are interested in this company, the key benefits that you can offer the organization).
Get ready for an interview. Sign up for a mock interview at Career Services. Prepare answers to interview questions just as you would do for any employment interview. Make sure you also have some questions ready to ask the interviewer.
Create your Game Plan. You need to determine an order of interviewing. Some experts suggest meeting with your top choices first thing in the morning, interviewing with your other choices in the middle of the day, and returning to your top choices at the end of the day to thank them again for their time. But remember to stay flexible as your top choices may be the top choices of many, creating long lines that you may wish to avoid.
Choose the right attire. Know what the expected attire of your profession is and dress accordingly. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Let’s say you have a really important interview coming up. (This is no doubt because you attended our fall Career Fair and you scored an on-campus interview opportunity!) Anyway, you’ve done your prep work. You’ve prepared a list of strengths and weaknesses, generated your top 5 “success stories” from college, and practiced in front of the mirror til you’re tired of looking at yourself. You waltz into that interview room, and nail those questions. And then the interviewer asks…
“So, where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
Yikes. The one question you didn’t prepare for. You were so focused on what you’ve done that you forgot to explore where you’re going. You’re so focused on this job, that you forgot to plan ahead. This is common, and this particular question can be a tough one. The best answer will differ depending on your industry, but here are some great pointers and some responses you want to avoidwhen elaborating on your future goals.
By Linsey Stripling, Career Assistant and OSU Junior
Career Services is a great resource for every student on campus—from the anxious first year to the exhausted fifth year. There’s just one problem…all the time, I talk to students who DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT US!
As a Career Assistant who spends lots of time at Career Services, I have compiled a list of many of our “Hidden Secrets” that every student should know.
Our Location: We are located in B008 in the Basement of the Kerr Administration Building; once you get off the elevator turn right and you can’t miss us.
Drop Ins: We offer drop in hours Monday through Thursday 1pm-4pm. This is the time you can stop by and get advice and tips on how to create your resume and cover letter.
Beaver Job Net: This is our online database for student jobs, internships, and careers.
Mock Interviews: Do you have a job interview coming up? Schedule a practice interview with one of our career counselors and receive feedback on how you presented yourself as a professional, and receive tips on how to improve.
If you are looking for more information on the services that we offer, feel free to visit our website at http://oregonstate.edu/career or you could even stop by our office…now where is that located again?
Research shows that 55% of overall perception is based on looks.
It may seem unfair, but when you walk into a job interview, but looking ‘the part’ for a job interview is just as important as what you have to say about yourself and articulating your job qualifications.
It’s important to know your audience when interviewing. You may not want to wear a three-piece-suit to an interview with MTV, but you also want to err on the side of conservative and professional.
Check out this funny, but helpful, video about how to dress for success in a job interview. Following some of these helpful tips will guarantee that from the start, you’re a cut above your competition!
Have you ever played the question game with friends or family where you ask off-the-wall silly questions like, if you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? Well, if you haven’t played that game, you might want to start!
According to Dana Knight, as published in USA Today, interview questions for jobs are getting trickier, and more random! While questions like, which movie star would make the best employee or what color best describes you, seem crazy, the reality is potential employers are assessing your creativity, looking to find out how you best think on your feet, and trying to shake up the interview process.
Career Choice Guide offered helpful tips on how to deal with crazy interview questions. They suggest: 1) give an answer that reveals something positive about yourself, 2) take time to think about the question and be intentional about your answer, and 3) avoid cliché answers.
There’s no perfect way to prepare for extreme interview questions, but it can be fun to learn what other job seekers have experienced in their interview process. Below is a compilation of some of the most random interview questions asked. Take a moment and think how you might respond to these questions!
If you could each lunch with one of the founding fathers, who would it be and why?
If you had to be a tree, what would you be and why?
Which animal do you most resemble and why?
Are you more like a placid pool of water or running horse?
What beverage at Starbucks would you compare yourself to and why?
If I take a look inside of your refrigerator what would I find?
Do you like Tom or Jerry?
How would you react if you were transformed into a fish?