Tip Tuesday: New Service to Help Undergrads Prepare for Video Interviews!

Written by Margie Bogenschutz, Senior Director of Undergraduate Career Management and Recruitment

Most companies are now relying on using video interviews as part of their recruiting process. While, for the most part, the video interview has not yet totally replaced an on-campus or in-person interview, it is seen as an effective and efficient way for employers to do initial or secondary screenings.

There are different types of video interviews. Some companies use a vendor, such as Hire Vue or Spark Hire. These systems have students log in and then record answers to questions that are posted on the screen. In many cases, students can practice their answer before they hit record. Usually you cannot have a “do-over” once you record your answer. Other companies use Skype or WebEx so that the student can see the interviewer and respond to questions they ask – similar to having a Skype or FaceTime conversation with a friend.

In either case, the best way to be successful at the video interviews is to BE PREPARED and to PRACTICE! The Office of Career Management developed an optional QUIC Module – #6 – that gives you a lot of good information about how to prepare for a video interview. Even if you are already QUIC, you can still access the QUIC Modules on your Carmen site. Simply go to Module 6 and review the tips provided. When you finish reading the module, you can upload two videos of you answering two interview questions. A staff member will provide feedback to you about your video interviewing within two business days. This is a great way to practice and get some feedback – both important steps along the path of becoming a great video interviewer!

Tip Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

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Do what you love…

With all the love in the air this week due to Valentine’s Day, it seemed only fitting for the Office of Career Management to remind students that it IS possible to do what you love. For some, this may come in the form of an internship or job or landing an opportunity at your “dream” company, but others may do what they love through hobbies, involvement, or community service. Whether you’re exploring careers in business or looking to add an activity to your resume, our Career Management team would love to meet with you! Schedule an appointment to come and talk with us or stop by and see a peer career coach during walk-in hours for a resume or LinkedIn review!

 

Written by Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation & Programs, Sarah Steenrod

Tip Tuesday: How to Use Your Global Experience in Your Job Search

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Sheri Sheffel

Did you study abroad or do a global project in Madrid? Vienna? Prague? Budapest? Paris? London? No matter where your global experience has come from, IT IS VALUABLE!!! However, you may be unsure of the best way to talk about this to companies. It can be hard to understand how everything you have done and got to experience throughout your program relates to the internship or job you are applying for. Below are some of the top tips you can use to help show the impact your global experience had on you and how you will be able to bring that experience into your internship or job.

  1. Update your resume!!! The first step of leveraging this experience is to make sure the company knows about it. If you have studied abroad, include your experience underneath the education section of your resume. If you participated in a global project experience you can either put this as a bullet point in your education section or in your experience section. Make sure that you are including specific bullet points to detail your experience.
  2. What should you focus on in your resume and in an interview? Make sure that you are discussing how you communicated with people, challenges your overcame, how you prepared, new business perspectives you gained, and what you learned about yourself. Make sure that you are being specific and including action verbs on your resume.
  3. What should you avoid? Within your behavioral based questions, try to stay away from the tourist sites you saw, food you ate, negative experiences unless they contributed to a specific skill, and broad general statements. However, if the employee you are talking to is specifically asking for these things, share your experiences! You never know where common ground might show up if they have taken a similar trip.
  4. If you enjoyed your experience and are interested in overseas jobs or internships, check out some additional resources at Fisher:
    1. GoingGlobal
    2. FisherConnect
    3. Vault Career Insider

Overall, you are one of the lucky students who was able to have an amazing global experience! Congratulations and make sure to use that experience to differentiate you in your job hunt. If you want help including this on your resume or want help framing your experience for an interview setting, make sure to make an appointment with The Office of Career Management here: https://fisher.osu.edu/careers-recruiting/students/schedule-appointment

Tip Tuesday: Finding a Non-Internship Summer Job

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jeremy Cantrill

As the semester gets under way, I am sure many of you are thinking about summer opportunities. Internships are something that we as an office work hard to ensure that students are prepared for, and are most definitely a great idea for any business student. Statistically most students have their internship between their junior and senior years. So what should you look for if you decide to work a more traditional summer job during one of the summers prior to your internship? There are several ideas to consider when searching for a job opportunity, as discussed below.

First, a summer job can be a great time to expand your knowledge and experience. Consider working in a different kind of job than you have previously. For example, if you worked in predominantly food service jobs in high school, consider working in retail, manual labor, or an office setting. Different kinds of jobs can lend themselves to contact with diverse groups of people, to learning new skills, and to generally keeping it interesting for you throughout the summer.

Second, be proactive! This is true of the internship search as well. You will want to have a good idea of the kind of job, location, and pay scale you desire. Starting early and using school holidays spent at home for networking opportunities can be great ways to ensuring you get the job you desire. Just as with internship searches, reaching out to the employers and establishing a relationship can be a great benefit both for the summer job you desire, and for your general network overall.

Third, apply to a variety of companies and positions. This can help ensure that you do have a meaningful summer regardless of whether you get a position at your first-choice company or not. Along with this, you’ll want to be organized. Keep an excel spreadsheet, for example, with the contacts and information you need to keep yourself up to date with your application process.

Finally, a summer job can be a great thing to prepare you for a future internship. Many students come to the office fearing that they need to have a specific kind of summer job in order to guarantee an internship. While some companies do have summer events and seminars that can be a great thing to take part in, a summer job does not necessarily have to directly relate to your future career. Instead, ask yourself “How does my summer job relate to the business world?” There are many soft-skills and characteristics that you can develop when working a summer job. Keep these in mind and be ready to talk about them in an interview with a recruiter. All past experiences can be very valuable to becoming a well-rounded candidate, including those

Tip Tuesday: Top Five Reasons to Participate in the Fisher Undergraduate Job Shadow Program

Written by Career Advisor, Lauren Kume

Welcome back Fisher students! All of us at the Office of Career Management hope you had a restful winter break.  This winter weather may have you dreaming of your favorite Spring Break destination already—

But before you book your cruise you should consider staying in Ohio for at least one day (just one!) to participate in Fisher’s Undergraduate Job Shadow Program. Why? Here’s are 5 reasons:

  1. Gain exposure to career fields you are exploring with no strings attached! Want to “try-on” a career for just a day? This is your chance and we do the work behind the scenes to match you to the opportunity.
  2. Network with potential employers in a no pressure environment. Trying to find a way to build your network in a certain industry or specialization but finding the process a little tedious or awkward? Here’s your opportunity to be handed a professional contact on a silver platter (figuratively speaking of course).
  3. Observe the professional work environment and learn about company culture. Transitioning to the workplace (adulting) can be hard. This opportunity allows you to work with professionals who can show you the ins and outs of navigating the professional world.
  4. Get a reality check about your future. We all love a nice reality check every once in a while. Think you know everything about your future plans in the business industry? Sometimes the BEST thing you can do in your career is ultimately experience something that changes your mind or “enlightens” you about a profession.
  5. Learn about potential opportunities that could result in an internship or job offer. Yes—in just one day you could impress a company enough to start the recruiting process. Talk about a win-win over Spring Break!

Interested in participating? Here are the student participation requirements:

  • Must be a first-year through junior undergraduate business student
  • Must be available during business hours on the day of shadow
  • Must arrange transportation to employer site

Registration opens today via FisherConnect! Visit https://fisher.osu.edu/careers-recruiting/students/undergraduate-students/explore-careers for more information