Monday, October 17, 2016

Kill Your Next Job Interview!

                As an intern in the Career Services Center, it is an amazing experience to be able to see the other side of the table.  Everything that students have to focus on for their careers; resumes, interviewing, networking, skill building are very daunting for many reasons.  It’s easy to go with the flow and hope to come across opportunities that may come your way, but you can’t sit around and wait.  I feel getting a perspective from a recruiter, an interviewer, a supervisor, etc., lends a lot of benefit to improving your ability to get out there and find opportunities. 
                101 Great Answers To The Toughest Interview Questions is a great resource not only because it gives more insight to what kinds of questions may be asked, it tells you the do’s and don’ts of answering some of the tougher questions.  What is really interesting is being able to understand why certain questions are asked.  It’s easy to give your answer based on what you feel is right, but there is usually a reason why certain questions are asked, and being able to understand why helps you avoid potentially devastating mistakes. 
                I took a look at a question that I personally have always heard in an interview, and I think the reason it is asked is because it is so open.  It tells a lot about you as a person, but also a lot about where you qualify.  Does this ring a bell?  “So, tell me a little about yourself.”  If seeing this got your heart racing, sweat pouring, and eye twitching, then you know what it is like to be interviewed.  What makes a question all about you, your own person, so difficult?  Well, you’re probably going in 100 different directions at once, but good thing there are 101 great answers.
                There are a lot of things an interviewer is looking for during an interview.  The body language you have, whether you are making eye contact, are you stumbling over your words, how confident are you about what you are saying, etc. are all being observed.  It’s easy to slip up, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you prepare yourself.  If you are prepared for this question, right off the bat, you may be able to leave a great first impression, and get that job offer that you having been striving for.  Now there are a lot of ways to prepare for a question like this, but I want to go back to what I mentioned before about perspective of an interviewer.
                If you are an interviewer, what do you believe you would be looking for in a candidate?  What is most important?  What you do, or what you can do for a company?  If you know what skills you possess, how do you apply them to a position you are seeking?  If you get a position, how you do grow and develop as a professional?  If you see from the perspective of an interviewer, it’s easier to understand what they want to hear from you, and it will help a lot when you prepare to tell them about yourself.

                This book does a great job at covering all of these topics, and will help tremendously with your interview skills.  By gaining this type of perspective, you will gain very valuable skills in developing a thought process pushed more towards understanding and applying rather than just responding.  This book helps lay down a plan for you to help you prepare, and also provides specific examples which is something that can be very helpful.  Whatever it is that you want to accomplish with your career, this book will benefit you.  You can take what you learned with this book and apply it to many aspects of your career whether it be interviewing, networking, marketing, or even helping others.

October Intern of the Month

Jerry Jansen is a senior at Ashland University studying Supply Chain & Business Management & Information Systems. During the Summer of 2016, Jerry worked as the Materials Management Intern & Senior Buyer for ShurTech Brands. This internship gave Jerry a challenging experience that allowed him to do real work that he can apply to his later career.

During his internship, Jerry was given a huge role to fill that gave him a lot of valuable experience. The full-time senior buyer had to go on medical leave, so Jerry had to continue to maintain high fill rates and great service for ShurTech Brands in place of the full-time member. Jerry's experience required him to use the SAP system to schedule supply and demand of products and communicate with suppliers to ensure products were being delivered properly. This role allowed Jerry to demonstrate and strengthen many transferable skills such as management, communication, and leadership.

Jerry thinks that looking for an internship early is very important for all students. Even if companies might not be looking for something particular to you, there may be opportunities if you do a little digging. At the least, you gain valuable experience speaking to recruiters and networking yourself. Jerry also mentioned "Internships are meant to help prepare you for a potential future job. Get outside your comfort zone and don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help." This is a great point. An internship is meant to challenge you so that you can learn. Making mistakes is okay, that will lead you to success in the future when it really matters.

We appreciate your effort Jerry and wish the best of luck to you in your future. Thank you for supporting Career Services and representing your fellow students.

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month click here to apply.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook Now Available!

Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook

The Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook is now available on Google Drive! To access the guidebook, you will need to have a current Ashland University Google account (the same login informaiton used to access your email). If you are an Ashland University student or alumni without a current account, please contact our office for access to the guidebook. This guidebook will be continually updated as more information becomes available between now and the career fair, so please check back for updates regularly.
When reviewing the Guidebook think outside of the box (i.e., accountants aren't only needed at accounting firms, nurses aren't only employed in hospitals). 
The Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 12th from 1 pm - 4 pm in the upper level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center. Students and alumni are encouraged to attend!