How Fisher Prepared me for Success: Part I

This is part of a series of blog entries that will be detailing how the Fisher College of Business prepared me for my internship with KPMG.  Fisher prepared me very well and I want to make sure that the programs and people that have helped me get all the credit that they deserve.

Interviews can be intimidating.  If you have already been in an interview situation before, I am sure you can remember the stress and anxiety that built up before that first interview.  You’re faced with many different thoughts and concerns including:

“What is a typical interview like?”

“What if my interviewer asks a question I don’t know the answer to?”

“Should I wear my lucky Mickey Mouse/Scooby Doo/Pokemon tie to the interview?”

“What if the interviewer is a Michigan fan?”

Fortunately, as a student of the Fisher College of Business, you will have the opportunity to participate in the QUIC Program and have all of the questions above, as well as your interview related questions answered.   After completing web-based modules that include information on how to best prepare for an interview and how to use FisherConnect, Fisher’s online job and internship listing database, you will sit down with a member of Career Services and take part in a mock interview.  This is a great time to get those interview jitters out of the way and get feedback on what you do well and what you could improve in terms of your interviewing skills.  Career Services will also give you guidance on the dress code (You’ll want to leave the Pokemon ties at home, sorry) as well as the general logistics of an interview process.

I definitely feel that the QUIC Program enabled me to get an internship with KPMG as I was able to improve my interview skills with help from Career Services and was much more confident during my interviews knowing I had completed the program.

Here are a couple tips for interviewing that I have found helpful:

  • Try to meet with the company’s recruiter or interviewer before your interview, as this will cut down on your stress level. This can be done very easily at the career fairs held on campus.  Also, I know from experience that the accounting firms I interviewed with had “Pre-Nights”, which are events held the evening before interviews to give students a chance to interact with the recruiting team and other employees.  Also, many recruiters will have office hours on campus.  Career Services can help you out to determine if the company you are interested in working for has office hours on campus.
  • Find out as much as you can about the company you are interviewing with. This should include going beyond the company’s website and looking for current news about the company.  Another great resource to find out information about the company is to seek out current or former employees.  Ask your friends and members of student organizations that you belong to about the company.  You just may find out that someone you know, or a friend of a friend knows the recruiter or HR contact and you can make a personal connection that way.