OCM Staff Spotlight: Susan Geier

Susan Geier is the Recruiting Coordinator in the Office of Career Management.  She has held this role for 12 years.  In her role, Susan enjoys building relationships with the employers that recruit Fisher students and likes connecting with them while they are visiting campus for career fairs, interviews, and other recruiting events.  Fall semester is a very busy time for her because this is when the majority of these events take place!  Susan’s first job was working as a student assistant in the Office of Human Resources while she attended The Ohio State University.  Outside of the office, Susan spends time with her husband and three daughters.  She is also an early bird – you might not know that Susan works out almost every morning at 5 am!  So if she’s a little sleepy after lunch, you might know why.  Susan’s advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “get your QUIC interview done before fall of your junior year, but don’t wait until the fall semester to schedule it.  Spring semester is the best time to complete your QUIC interview!”

Tip Tuesday: Interviewing Guide Resource

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jeremy Cantrill

Interviews can be a daunting process to undertake for an unexperienced interviewee! However, with this guide, you’ll be well on your way to being the best interviewer you can possibly be.

The theme for a confident interviewee is one of preparedness. The overall goal of this article is to prepare you so that you are ready to put your best self forward.

1) This may seem like an intuitive thing, but you need to be familiar with the company and position you are interviewing for. You can research the news for the company on many different news websites, or even just a general google search is a good start. Also, use the company website to your advantage. Research things like their values, quarterly reports, employee interviews, and social media. This can tell you a lot about what the company stands for and company culture.

2) Use the Office of Career Management! There are various coaches and consultants all available for both undergraduate and graduate students to use. Schedule a meeting with us if you have questions or concerns you would like feedback on.

Also, there are many useful handouts and resources to use on our webpage, specifically our Job Search Handouts page.

3) Use other resources available on the web. Websites such as GlassDoor can provide an “insider’s” viewpoint of the firm you are interviewing for. Doing research outside of the company’s official website can give you an idea of the culture and interview style for each company. It is important to remember that individuals may post biased views and opinions on the web, without any review. So, be sure to take the information you read with a grain of salt and seek to gain an overall picture of the company.

4) Use the University system as a whole to network. It can often seem daunting to make connections at a company you otherwise do not have an existing relationship with. OSU has a wonderful resource entitled AlumniFire (osu.alumnifire.com) where you can network with OSU alumni who work at various corporations across the globe. The great thing about AlumniFire is that each person listed has chosen to make themselves available for contact. So, use that resource to reach out to them! Give them emails or calls when appropriate and get your questions answered.

Overall, remember a few key points:

1) A prepared person is a confident person.

2) OSU and the Office of Career Management (OCM) have resources available for you, use them!

3) Reach out, both to us in the OCM and to alumni and other contacts. It doesn’t hurt to put a face to a name!

OCM Staff Spotlight: Audrey Bledsoe

Audrey Bledsoe is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Services and Education in the Office of Career Management.  She has held this role for the last four years and even worked in the OCM as a GA during her Master’s work in Higher Education and Student Affairs!  Her favorite part about her work is teaching BA2601 and supervising the Peer Career Coaches – she learns so much from Fisher students!  Outside of the office, Audrey enjoys spending time with family, baking, and playing Euro strategy games.  If Audrey could be anything, she would be a magazine editor, graphic designer, or owner of a Bed & Breakfast.  You might not know that Audrey is a thrill seeker – she has held a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass for 6 straight years because she loves roller coasters.  The bigger, the better!  Audrey’s advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “get involved on campus … and do it early!  But don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do it all.  Find one or two things you’re passionate about and dedicate time to those!  Find ways to improve a process, be a leader, or make some sort of impact.  Then, learn to communicate these accomplishments to an employer.”