Interview Woes

I have had a couple of interviews in the past weeks and I have to come to the realization that I might not be very good at interviews.  Having fun and leaving the interview with a smile on my face does not necessarily mean that I wowed them with my professionalism and intelligence.  It probably just means I enjoyed talking to the person and that I am a spaz!

I do not get nervous for interviews.  I think this is mostly because I know I have a lot of great experience and I tend to feel if I am too uptight that it will make the interviewer uncomfortable.  I was in charge of recruiting at the company that I used to work for and we usually hired the people who we had the most fun with and who weren’t afraid to show their personality.  It worked out well for that particular company, but that was a small, family owned business.  We used these measures to judge if the person would fit in with our culture.  I think culture fit is so important, but I think it is almost more important in a small business because if you have one person who has a bad attitude or doesn’t quite fit in with everyone, the entire organization feels it and it becomes apparent very quickly!

Oh goodness, what am I to do?  It looks like it is time for me to call the Career Management office to set up my mock interview.  I have heard many good things about this process and I hope it will help me learn how to portray all of the positive attributes I have to offer a business.  It would also be nice if they could give me some tips on how to be less bubbly.  I just can’t control my excitement sometimes!

Go Team!

With week 5 right around the corner and the deadline of my three group projects looming overhead, I find it appropriate to dedicate this post to group projects.

So far in MGT 863 we’ve had 4 presentations on Current Issues in Business. They’ve all been pretty good, but one last night added some unintentional entertainment. On a presentation about companies going green, the entire class was given pencils which were made out of recycled newspaper. Pretty awesome, huh? All of the pencils had Chinese characters on them, so one of my group members, Lindsay (pictured below) and I asked our other group member Elle what it said. I won’t repeat what mine said, because it’s not very appropriate, but Lindsay’s said “blessed”. It was kind of cool. A really neat thing about group projects is that you have study buddies. My group has set aside 2 hours every Thursday before class where we can work on our group project or work on class work. I work almost 40 hours each week so it’s nice to have time devoted to nothing but studying because it’s hard for me to find the time otherwise.

Shameless plug: go out and vote! It’s your patriotic duty. I voted this week. What did you do for your country?

I’ve been researching internships. I’m limited in what I can do for an internship next summer. I have to stay in Columbus, so my options are a little more limited. I’ve found a few companies that have corporate headquarters in or near Columbus that I’m looking into, but if anyone has any brilliant suggestions, let me know. But OH!!! I got an interview for the Initiative for Managing Services (IMS) next week and I’m REALLY excited. I’ve recently had a eureka moment where I’ve planned out my entire life. I find intrinsic motivation fascinating. I want to discover the best ways – through training and compensation – to better motivate people to do a better job in the workforce and determine what employers can do to keep people motivated, but it’s more-so I want to find out how people are intrinsically motivated and incorporate that into training programs. IMS is a research center through Fisher and researches training programs, etc, so I think it would be a perfect fit. Excited/nervous about the interview.

That’s all for today! Happy Weekend! Go Bucks beat the Boilermakers!

Lindsay and her "blessed" pencil
Lindsay and her "blessed" pencil

Getting Productive

The quarter is definitely in full swing, and it is taking a full effort from me to keep up with everything. Just this past week (Wednesday really) I got fully into school mode, and I am now seemingly going from 9am to 9pm. I find I am most productive when I wake up early, get over to campus, and start taking care of things.

Whether that is reading, working on a group project, or filling out yet another candidate profile on a company website, there are plenty of things to do!

I am still waiting to hear back from the three companies I interviewed with this morning, hopefully it will be soon!

Some of the projects I am currently working on are pretty awesome though. My finance project includes taking Ford and analyzing the results of what would have happened had they implemented different dividend plans back in 2000 when Ford was sitting on ~10billion in cash. Pretty interesting stuff!

Nothing else matters, except……

Last week we had the Marketing Boot Camp. It was an inspiring experience. There were many wonderful speakers and alumni.

I will like to share with you one of the fascinating experiences from the camp.

Mr Brad Davis,Vice-President, Nationwide Financial Individuals was giving us an inspiring talk as to how we can make a headstart in a good marketing career.He asked us “What are the companies looking for in a prospective employee”

We said “Leadership, Teamwork, Creativity, Analytical abilities, Passion,etc…..

The answer was “Leadership”

Then he asked us “What is the second thing that matters?”

We tried – Teamwork, Creativity, Analytics, Passion,etc…..

The answer was “Leadership” again.

Then he asked us “What is the third thing that matters?”

We tried – Teamwork, Creativity, Analytics, Passion,etc…..

The answer was “Leadership” again.

Then he asked us “What is the next thing that matters?”

This time we all said “Leadership” but the answer was “Teamwork”  [:(]

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Jajaja!

This weekend I attended the NSHMBA Conference in Minneapolis, MN. I went with a group of nine great Fisher students also in the Fisher Latino Graduate Association. We had an extremely productive, fun-filled weekend. I don’t know how many total attendees there were, but I’d guesstimate around 1000-1500. The company list was impressive as well. Most of the top MBA employers were represented, along with most of the top 25 MBA programs. The highlights of the weekend were:

  • Interviewing with three of the top companies on my short list.
  • Making solid contacts at several other companies.
  • Networking with MBA students from other top schools.
  • Going to the corporate-sponsored parties. The Target party was amazing!
  • Watching Ohio State receive the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence.
  • Seeing some of my friends in the MBA program from last year on the other side of the table, recruiting for their companies.
  • Spending some quality time with the incoming first-year MBA students.
  • Hearing from several different recruiters how highly regarded the Fisher College brand is.

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Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Hispanic culture and people. It was great to be back in that warm, loving environment after a year in Columbus (not that I don’t love the Midwest, it’s just a different kind of nice here). My cheeks hurt a little bit from laughing so much the entire weekend. As my buddy Jorge would say, there was much jajaja’ing the entire trip ( how some of my Hispanic friends say “hahaha” in a text message or Facebook post). I know one thing for sure, no matter where I’m at next year, I’m going to the 2010 NSHMBA Conference in Chicago.

On a similar note, I just decided that I’m spending my Spring Break in Brazil. Fisher College has a program called Emerging Market Field Studies where students take a class in the Winter to learn about and become experts in one particular emerging market. Upon finishing the course, they spend their Spring Break in that country. Upon return from the country, students are required to write field study case reports. I had friends go to Bolivia, Vietnam and Ethiopia last year and they all had a great time. I can’t wait!

In not so good news, I’m getting to the point now where sleep is a thing of the past (currently it is 2:31am Sunday night/Monday morning). I usually work from 8am-10pm most days and catch up on emails and manage my career search from 10pm-2am. I feel bad for my friends with iPhones and Blackberrys, but it’s the only time I have right now to go through my 100 emails a day. So sorry if your email notification goes off in the middle of the night.

Well, I’m off. I have a dozen or so emails to finish and a couple cases to read before I call it a night. Make it a great week!

Mike ^_^

Finding Your Passion

When I was younger, I came to school one day excited to do my first ever writing sample.  Our teacher told us the day before to get some rest because the next day we were going to do a writing assignment that was to be sent in and graded by other teachers who would assess our writing against our peers.  Her advice was to stick to the topic, be original, and to write naturally.

I don’t remember exactly what the topic was, but I remembered how excited I was when I decided to write about my mom- one of the people I love most.  I went through the outline/web development, a rough draft, and was proud to put my first sample in the manila envelope to be sent out to the graders.  The top score was a 4, and the worst was a 1.  The teacher then explained that if we did not follow the topic, or if it did not follow the directions, they could not grade your paper and you received an x.  The dreaded X.

Needless to say, a few weeks later, we were told our papers were sent back.  I was so excited, because I was so proud of my work.  When the teacher called me to her desk, she pulled me outside of the class to give me my paper which had received a double X.  I was devastated.  I came home in tears, shocked that I did not even receive a grade, let alone two 4’s.  Then, I was afraid to tell my mom, because I was even more embarrassed that my piece that could not be graded was about her.

While I was only in the third grade when this happened, it obviously had big effects on my writing career.  (I have never pursued a career in writing)  But it did teach me one thing.  That sometimes your passions have to align with your opportunities.

This is a mature view for a third grader, but I have had a few years to reflect on this.  This lesson is something that I am currently being reminded of now at Fisher.  Between recruiters and career counselors, I am constantly told to follow my passion.  But finding this connection between our passion and what are opportunities are is the hardest part of the internship right now.  My goal over the next few months, is to find an internship that will foster my passions through the opportunities that I have.

PS If you are reading my blog, please don’t grade it with an X!

Careers in Marketing Boot Camp

I spent the day yesterday in the “Careers in Marketing Boot Camp” at The Fisher College of Business.  The Career Management Office organizes several boot camps throughout the fall covering the various careers that MBAs typically seek including: consulting, operations and logistics, marketing, finance, sustainability and real estate.  The Marketing Boot Camp, which was generously sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, was a day-long seminar focused on career paths in marketing, networking strategies and interviewing techniques.  Several alumni and marketers from local firms came to Fisher to share their experiences and take questions on their careers and firms.

The keynote speaker, Mr. Brad Davis, Vice President Nationwide Financial Individual Investments, gave an engaging (and sometimes humorous) but certainly informative presentation covering his experience in branding in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry and how that brought him to his position at Nationwide.  The topics he covered were too numerous to summarize completely, but some of the highlights included:

  • The balance between the science and art of marketing
  • The concepts of “misattribution” and “consideration sets”
  • The marketing cycle
  • Marketing is Business and Business is Marketing: everyone owns a piece of establishing and nurturing a relationship with the customer

Once again thanks to Brad Davis, Nationwide, Jenny Heckscher, the Fisher Office of Career Management and everyone else that took the time to attend and answer questions: The Scotts Miracle-Grow Company, dunnhumbyUSA, Nestlé, Cardinal Health, Resource Interactive, Greif, Sterling Commerce, The Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association, The Fisher College of Business Marketing Faculty and second-year MBA students.

Reposted from aaron360.com.

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Interviewing 101

Wow, with school starting just 2 1/2 weeks ago, balancing your course workload along with preparing from summer internships interviews can be hectic!  Deciding which one to place more emphasis on can be a tough decision, considering that they both will have a great impact on your future in HR.  One word of advice that I can offer future Buckeyes, is to make sure you secure a mock interview prior to your orientation.  With so much going on throughout the school year, it is easy for your career adviser to book up with other responsibilities, while leaving you without an opportunity to get one mock interview in before your interview.  One mock interview that can make or break you.

When speaking to my classmates about how their interview experience has been thus far, the general feeling is that they did “Okay!” Not too reassuring!  However, I am a firm believer that practice is the key to making a great impression in your job interviews. With each interview you get better and better at answering those tough questions.  As well as figuring ways around those questions you just don’t seem to have an answer for.  So in conclusion, “Good luck to everyone as they proceed through the recruitment season at Fisher. May the forces be with you!”

Interview Season

After today, the MAcc program is definitely in interview season. I had my first interview today, and I think it went pretty well. I have a couple more interviews scheduled this week, so I will definitely be busy! The Fisher program has been fantastic assisting me in setting up interviews as well as all the assistance program participants were given preparing for interviews. Fisher is really a recruiting hotbed, it has been extremely easy to make contact with recruiters.

The Fisher career fair was this past week, and was well attended by some of the biggest firms in the world, as well as the Big 4, and a good amount of regional accounting firms. This is a marked difference from my undergrad university, where our career fair included one government firm looking to possibly speak with accounting majors. I have really had a fantastic experience so far, and look forward to going to class every day.

The work has definitely picked up relatively quickly, but the group work is a lot more enjoyable, knowing everyone I work with is hardworking, as well as extremely capable and knowledgeable.

I promised I would include some of my significant others perspective, so here goes.

Sarah’s Say
Hi all! My name is Sarah Shepherd, and I am Kyle’s fiance 🙂 (It’s still fun to say it!) It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for almost a month, and that I’ve been working in my first big kid job for just as long. I started looking for work here  in April once Kyle and I had decided for sure about Ohio State, and it was not the most pleasant time of my life.

We moved from the DC area, where I was finding HR job after HR job that I was qualified for, to the Columbus market where I didn’t find an HR job I was qualified for for nearly 4 months. Luckily though, I found a position at DISH Network in Hilliard as an HR Associate. So far I’m loving it, and will include some Columbus job search tips in my next bit. Great to meet y’all!

Dont stop till you get enough @Fisher

It was yet another hectic and happening week at Fisher.

This week we had the Fisher Fall Career Fair 2009. We had the information session of some of the companies. We had the operations boot camp(apart from all the regular classes).

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The Fisher Fall Career Fair 2009 was spread across 3 days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with each day focusing on a different specialization. It was huge. There were so many companies. Every company was eager to share information and help us with our resumes and questions.

On Thursday, it was the Deloitte information session. There was a networking session too after the event. It was awesome to learn about the company from the big drivers of the company- directors, recruiting heads and senior consultants.

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On Friday , it was the Operations Boot camp. There were people from the industry telling us why it is one of the best industry to work for and how we can break into it.There were leaders of the field explaining their work. There were operation games.

With this event came the end of the week for me.Now, I can relax over the weekend.