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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Tip Tuesday: Handling Early Offers

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Sheri Sheffel

Congratulations! You networked, did your research, and had a superstar interview. You did it! You received an offer and the school year has barely begun….. but now what? Are you sure you want to take it?  Still interested in other companies, but you don’t want to lose this one?  Here are a few pointers to help you down that road!

  • Don’t accept it right away. Make sure you take some time to sleep on it, talk with family and friends, and make sure that it is actually an offer that makes sense to you. Will you be doing work that you enjoy? Is it a company that you respect? Do you align with their mission, vision, and values?
  • Be honest with the company. Talk with your key contact to find out when your decision must be made.  If you feel that isn’t enough time, let them know as soon as possible. If you have upcoming interviews, let the first company know so that they understand why you are asking for an extension.
  • Fisher also gives companies a guideline of November 1st as the baseline for having students make a decision. Talk with your contact about this date and the guideline that is set for them. Remember that this is just a guideline… not a concrete rule.
  • It is okay to let other companies know that you have an offer. This lets them know your timeline and may urge them to give you an offer sooner or let you know that their decision will not be made by your decision day.
  • Don’t know how to word it or what to say?  Review this article in The Muse and/or make an appointment with a Career Consultant in the Office of Career Management to talk through your situation. We are here to help!

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Tip Tuesday: Last Minute Reminders for the Fisher Fall Career Fair

Written by Front Desk Undergraduate Assistant, Courtney Russell

Fisher Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Don’t forget to bring your BuckID! You will need this to swipe in at the fair.
  2. Bring dollar bills- especially if you are coming straight from class you will want to coat check your backpack for $1. Seriously though, suit + giant backpack does not look good.
  3. Your phone – don’t text while talking to employers, but DO download the OSU Career Fair Plus mobile app to access Company Major Charts and the Career Fair Map! …Trust me, there are over 185 tables, and 4 completely filled rooms, this will be a life saver.
  4. Resumes – emphasis on the S. Even if you only research and plan on talking to a few companies, be prepared for anything.
  5. Lastly, put your resumes in a professional padfolio. If you are still in need, Ohio State’s bookstores have them! http://goo.gl/AnepWM

Tip Tuesday: Job & Internship Search Strategy

Now that autumn semester is officially underway and recruiting season is upon us, you might be thinking, “what steps should I take to find an internship or full-time job next summer?”

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We have a few ideas for you:
  • Reflect on what you want –
    • What is your major?
    • Do you have any industry preferences?
    • Are there any companies that would be dream employers for you?
    • Do you have any geographic targets?
  • Make sure your job search documents are updated – visit our Peer Career Coaches during walk-in hours to review your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Attend the Fisher Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, September 6 from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Ohio Union!  This event kicks off the fall recruiting season.
  • Complete the QUIC program!  Passing the QUIC interview provides you access to on-campus interviewing opportunities.  Over 4000 interviews took place in the Office of Career Management last year for internships and full-time positions, so this is definitely an opportunity to participate in!
  • Apply to job postings on FisherConnect and Buckeye Careers Network for positions that look interesting to you.
  • Expand your network by leveraging the Buckeye Alumni Network!  Connect with alumni all over the world on LinkedIn and AlumniFire.
  • Check out our Job and Internship Search handout for additional tips and advice!