Tip Tuesday: Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Sheri Sheffel

It’s beginning to be that time of year…. job offer time (don’t freak out if you haven’t received an offer, there are still months of opportunities ahead of you)! But how do you know if your offer is right for you? Will you be happy at the company? How are you supposed to begin even thinking about “the real world?” We get it… this can be a daunting time, but don’t forget to be excited!!! You’re finally seeing all of your hard work payoff.  Here are a few steps to walk through when evaluating your offer and how to negotiate.

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  • If you have been given a short decision timeline, it is okay to ask for an extension. Make sure to express your gratitude for the opportunity, but let them know you realize it is a big decision and you want to fully think through your options.
  • Assess what is important to you. It can help for you to rank the pay, location, position, company size, etc. based on what is the most important for your summer/future career. How does the company/companies stack up against your rankings (use our matrix provided in the handout link at the bottom)?
  • Reflect on your past experiences. Were you an intern? Did you enjoy your internship or did you find the days dragging by? What did/didn’t you like? Not an intern before? You can still reflect back on your previous work experiences to look at what you liked and didn’t like. How did that position/company compare to the position you’ve been offered?
  • Utilize your network for two reasons. The first to reach out to current employees of the company to get a realistic look of company culture and other perks you can’t read online. The second reason is to talk with your family and friends who know you best. These people can be used as a great sounding board when you’re discussing future opportunities and environments that have brought out your best work in the past.
  • Did you decide the company and position are right for you, but want to negotiate your pay? We do not recommend this for internship positions, but it can be done for full-time positions. It is important to remember that you can’t just negotiate pay unless you have solid reasoning as to why you are worth more (experiences, skills, etc.). You can also use Fisher Career Data Central to give you hard data on what your peers have been offered by this company and show what other companies are offering your peers. When negotiating, it is important to stay grateful for the opportunity that you have been given and ensure that you do not come off as greedy.

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If you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to make an appointment  with one of our career consultants.  Want more information? Check out our full job evaluation/negotiation handout.

 

 

 

Tip Tuesday: Do’s and Don’t’s of Video Interviewing

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jeremy Cantrill

Video interviewing is a great way to interact with potential employers without the time and travel constraints of interviewing face to face. While it may seem a bit daunting, or even awkward, it shouldn’t be. There are several ways to help alleviate any unfamiliarity with your first video interview. Below are some tips to help make you the best prepared candidate you can be:

1) Understand as best you can the format of the interview. Sometimes these interviews may be live with another person or they may be composed of pre-recorded questions. It is a good idea to get as much information as possible beforehand. What types of questions will be asked? How long do you have to answer? If you stumble on an answer, can you record another one?

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2) Prepare as best you can your surroundings when interviewing. Think about distracting noises, lighting, potential interruptions, and even pets. You want to try to minimize any chances you can become distracted.

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3) As soon as the interview starts and it is appropriate, get contact information if you do not already have it. No matter how much you prepare there can always be technical difficulties. If you have the contact information (email, phone number, Skype username) of the person interviewing you it is easy to reconnect and pick up where you left off.

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4) Practice in front of a video of yourself beforehand. It can often seem strange the first time you are answering questions to see yourself on the screen. If you have practiced a bit beforehand you can pick up on any things you may want to change in terms of surroundings and you will be used to seeing yourself at the same time you are talking.

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5) Have notes handy, even place a “cheat-sheet” against the screen below the camera. You wouldn’t want to make it look like you are just reading an answer, but a sheet with a few key points can be useful.

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6) Last but not least, go with the flow! Social cues and audio/video delays (even small ones) can make a video interview more difficult than a face to face one. However, it is the same with the people interviewing you, so go with the flow and don’t worry too much about the mistakes you make along the way. If you are interviewing pre-recorded answers and happen to stumble a bit with an answer this is especially important.

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As always, the more you know beforehand, the better. But, it is impossible to know every detail. So, be flexible, be prepared, and you’ll be able to give a stellar interview no problem!

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!

The Ohio State University Career and Internship Fair – THIS WEEK

The Ohio State University Career and Internship Fair

September 12-13, 2017 | Ohio Union | 1 -5 pm

September 14, 2017 Interview Day

Join Buckeye Careers for a campus-wide fair, connecting students across all majors, graduate programs and degree levels with employers seeking to recruit for career employment and internships.

Review the student information page to learn more about the event and the employers attending.

Questions about this event? Contact careerfairs@osu.edu

From Internship to Senior Year

Transitioning back to school was easy for me, but I was extremely busy. I had to cut my internship a couple days short in order to be back for work at Ohio State helping the Early Arrival Program for incoming freshman. On my last day, Wednesday, August 16th, we had our final presentations in our intern project groups. We presented to over 60 people and then had lunch. Afterwards, we took pictures as a group and said our goodbyes.

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My Intern Project Group After Final Presentations

I drove back to the house I was staying in and finished packing and loading my things into my car with the help of my mom and her friend who flew in two nights before. We didn’t get back to Columbus until 11:30 PM that night, and I had to be at work at 8 AM the next morning. I worked the next few days and had one day of break before school started again. I was so busy during the past 3 weeks that I didn’t even have a chance to sit down and watch TV or Netflix. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I felt that I was able to catch up on school work, unpacking, and seeing friends. Thankfully I should not have that tight of a turn around again.

I had a great summer working for Cisco. About halfway through my internship I decided that if I were to receive a full-time offer, I would want it to be at the headquarter office in San Jose, California. I expressed this to my program manager in our weekly check-ins and told her the reasons why I felt this way. Last week I received a call with my offer to work with Cisco and I accepted! I am looking forward to starting my career in Silicon Valley and living in California, which is somewhere I never thought I would end up because it is so far away.

 

Looking back I had some great experiences this summer. I want to share a few funny stories, things I found cool at Cisco, and tips for your internship. I hope you have enjoyed reading!

-On my first day with my finance team I wore a cute new shirt I had bought. Upon getting out of my car, my roommate pointed out that the tag was still on the shirt. This tag was not any tag, it was a thick cardboard tag with a string attaching it to my shirt. We weren’t able to rip it off or get it off with my keys. I went into the break room in the office and couldn’t find any scissors. Then, I went to my desk where my manager introduced me to a guy on the team and I asked them if they knew where scissors were, to which they shook their heads. I explained my tag situation and the guy I just met said he had a pocket knife. So he sawed the tag of, to which I said “nice to meet you”.  Maybe it was embarrassing, but it was funny to us.

-Our office has automatic desks that go up and down to adjust to your height or if you want to stand and work. Our laptops are our computers and we take them home with us every day. We also don’t have assigned desks, though most people sit at the same desks every day. Free coffee and iced coffee became a great perk to have on the long work days when I needed a boost of energy.

-Having a roommate that has to go to work at the same time as you is great. One day my phone was constantly dying for no reason and it decided to die overnight leaving me without an alarm. My roommate knocked on my door five minutes before we were supposed to leave to check if I was up. Without her, who knows when I would have woken up that morning.

-During a Durham Bulls baseball game that all of Cisco finance was invited to, we got souvenir mason jars with our drinks. The game was so hot that we went to find shade, but I realized I forgot my mason jar. I went back to grab it and when I came up the stairs some first years in the rotational program asked what I was doing. I put my cup up to show them while saying I forgot my cup, but as I did that the last bits of my drink splashed out onto my face and shirt. We all laughed so hard, and it started an hour long conversation in which I got to know the first years better.  *If you are underage, never drink alcohol at a company event.

-Keep a running track of what you do and who you talk to during your internship, even down to the small things you think don’t mean anything. This will come in handy if you have an exit interview or an interview with another company. It also helps when you update your resume.

-Cisco has many creativity rooms that are filled with things from a golf putting room, to a TV room, to massage chairs. I definitely wish I took advantage of these more, but I was busy working!

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Game Room