Power In Connections: College2Career Panel (3/17/2017)
By: Tabby Miller
Stacie Garlieb, the President of Successful Impressions, an organization that assists recent college graduates, as well as working professions, with finding a career, moderated a panel of recruiters during the American Marketing Association’s 39th Annual International Collegiate Conference. The panel consisted of Ryan Ayo, Talen Acquisition Manager at Aerotek; Melanie Parker, Campus Recruiter at CDW; Lauren Peters, University Relations Recruiter at TEKsystem; and Thomas Lott, Diversity Recruiting Programs Manager at Oracle. They answered students’ questions to help them understand what they can do to be successful when looking for a career.
Before the Interview: Resume Tips
Make sure your resume only includes relevant information. You should tailor your resume for each position you’re applying for. It’s a good idea to use the job description of the job or internship you’re applying for to edit your resume. Look for keywords in the job description and incorporate those words into resume by connecting your past experiences to the keywords. You should also make sure that you include quantitative information in your resume. For example, if you managed a cash register as part of your job, include the average amount of transactions per day. As a general rule, it’s safer to stick with the traditional method of formatting a resume. Employers spend an average of 20 seconds looking at a resume, so they want to know exactly where the information they’re looking for is. However, it’s up to you to research the company you’re interviewing with and decide if a more creative approach to your resume is appropriate.
During the Interview: Interviewing Tips
When preparing for an interview, make sure you have examples of how your experiences are relevant to the job description. You want to be able to relay your actions and results in order to show your interviewer that you’re the correct candidate for the position. If you’re not sure how to answer a question you are asked during an interview, it’s okay to ask your interviewer for a moment to think of a response or ask them to repeat or rephrase the question. Also make sure you have physical copies of the items in your portfolio. Hosting your portfolio online is also acceptable as long as you also present a physical copy during your interview.
It’s important for you to show your personality during an interview. While tangible skills are important for any job, interviewers look for intangible skills, such as motivation, energy, and enthusiasm, to determine whether you’re a right fit for their company’s work environment. Body language is another important aspect of an interview. Having a firm handshake and maintaining eye contact is important for a good interview. Fidgeting in your chair, touching your hair or fair, and checking the time on either a watch or cell phone shows your interviewer that you’re not giving them your full attention.
Make sure you ask questions at the end of your interview. It’s a good idea to prepare questions beforehand, but some of your questions should incorporate information from your interview. Asking questions about the content of the interview shows that you’re attentive and interested in the company. The questions you ask should help you determine whether or not you want to work for the company. It’s also important to take notes during an interview. Taking notes shows your interviewer that you’re engaged with what they’re saying and that you care about the information you’re hearing. Your notes can also be used to personalize your thank you follow ups.
After the Interview: Follow Up Tips
Always send a follow up after an interview to thank your interviewer for their time. It shows that you are truly interested in the position. Follow ups should be sent no later than 24 hours after the interview. It’s important to make your follow ups and thank yous personal by including information from your interview. Sometimes it can be appropriate to send a second follow up if you don’t receive a response form the first one. However, you should wait at least 5 days after your initial follow up to send a second follow up.
There’s no one-size-fits all answer when it comes to interviews. Every company is different and every interview is different. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an interview is research the company to assess how to best present yourself during your interview.