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International Student Discussion About Internships

On Thursday, April 17, Jinyue Zhang, a Masters student in the Management and Systems program at SCPS attended a special workshop hosted by the NYU Wasserman Center @SCPS called “Succeeding in Your Internship: International Student Roundtables”.

During the event, students had an opportunity to meet with NYU-SCPS international alumni and second-year graduate students who have interned at fantastic companies. The guests were settled at one of the roundtables, and eight or nine students as a small group asked questions and learned about the background of the guests. The discussion rotated every eight minutes. Soon after the rotation started, both the students and the guests became highly focused on the discussion. And after an hour and a half of talking and laughing, everyone found they gained great insight from the guests and generated a clearer direction about their internship search.

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Here is some of the valuable advice offered forth by the special guests.

Tips about searching for the internship:

1.     Be fully prepared: “Spend 80% of your time building skills and your personal brand.” Said Mark Li (graduate degree in Integrated Marketing). Success is the accumulation of everyday effort. There are many things to do before you worry about how to network. You can sit down in the library to work on a resume that can highlight all your skills. You can read newspapers and blogs to become more familiar with the culture and job market in the US. You can also try to write a blog, or even an eBook, just to show your expertise in the specific industry.

2.     Be proactive: What’s the next thing you should do after the preparation work? Networking. That’s when you can show your knowledge, and impress people around you. Having a positive attitude is crucial. This is also important for an interview. During the interview, always remember to be confident, ask questions and be humble about learning.

3.     Take advantage of the resources: Luckily, there are plenty of resources we can use as NYU students. Search information on NYU CareerNet, make an appointment with one of the great career coaches, or join the Mentor Network. Finally, the use of LinkedIn cannot be overemphasized. Building a professional profile and participating in specific groups on LinkedIn will always help.

Tips about relationship building:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask: When you are already a part of the company, never hesitate to ask questions. This is when a new stage of networking begins. People are always glad to answer thoughtful questions. By asking questions, you’re able to have a better understanding of the corporate culture, and maybe gain more hands-on experience.

2. Dealing with culture shock: Many international students find themselves facing great differences in the working culture here. However, when you are knocking your head against the wall trying to fit into the new culture, don’t forget you have your own culture to help showcase your personality. For instance, instead of drinking coffee, Bill Yao (second-year M.S. Sports Business candidate) always makes himself a cup of tea in the office. And surprisingly, he found that people started a good conversation with him about Chinese tea.

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As a first-year international graduate student in SCPS, I found this event more interesting and helpful than any others I’ve been to. More importantly, when talking to the second-year graduate students, I can’t help but think about what my career path will be by this time next year. Looking at what others have achieved will always motivate you to work harder. If you didn’t have a chance to attend this event, don’t miss another workshop like this in the future!

Job Search for Freelance Professionals Wrap-Up

The Wasserman Center recently hosted a panel on jump-starting your freelance career. Panelists included Dan Feld, Creator and Host of Prologue Profiles; Carina Storrs, Science and Health Writer (The Scientist, Scientific American); Vivian Salama, Freelance Journalist (Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast); and Diane Leon-Ferdico, Adjunct Associate Professor of Arts, NYU-SCPS.

Students and alumni were welcomed with stories about covering areas of conflict in the Middle East, the many options one has with a doctorate in Microbiology, and how they too could sell their paintings to purchase a dream condo on the Mediterranean… not to mention the various tips and advice when pursuing an independent career.

Below are five insightful highlights these professionals shared at the Job Search for Freelance Professionals panel:

Diversify Yourself and Your Expertise

Freelancing is all about providing a type of service or product to a specific client or consumer. In order to reach a wider clientele, expand your areas of expertise. A freelance journalist is much more marketable when they can operate a camera and film and edit footage of stories from which they report. Take on something unique and out of your immediate area of specialty. By doing so, you can grow as a professional and increase your marketability as a freelancer in your industry.

Understand the Decision of Working Independently

The perks of being an independent worker are enticing: wake up late, work in your pajamas, take a jog at your leisure, and dictate your schedule on your terms. However, most full-time freelancers across industries report that they work every single hour of the day and rarely take vacations as their income and sustenance depends on finding new clients, projects, and opportunities. Determine a budget and cost of living estimate so you can appropriately charge for your labor and services. Conduct research about freelancing in your industry. If you want to freelance while holding a full-time job, balance and manage your time and competing priorities.

Understand Your Industry and its Community of Freelancers

Just like you would prepare yourself for an interview, research and keep yourself abreast of big trends, breaking news, and the next “big thing” in your industry. Staying on top of your industry makes you a more informed independent professional and shows a level of assurity and consciousness to your colleagues and clients. Connecting with fellow freelancers in your industry will help you seek out new leads, seek advisement, and create a social network of individuals who understand your work and lifestyle. Networking sites like meetup.com can provide you with groups of professionals who share similar interests and pursuits.

Invest in Your Academic and Non-Academic Work

Freelancers develop their expertise from knowledge inside the classroom… and outside the classroom! If you’re an Economics major, use that Computer Science minor to complete part-time coding projects. If you design marketing materials for several clubs and organizations, you are probably amassing a portfolio of content that can show the level of work and possible deliverables you could provide to a client. Take advantage of your double major, minors, specializations, breadth coursework, and foreign language expertise as knowledge and commodities to use in your “side hustle.”

Brand Yourself

Developing your service as an independent professional is one thing, letting everyone know what you can do is another! Establish an online presence and brand to engage with potential customers. Invest time, energy, and content in platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr to engage with clients and provide a scope of your potential influence on their upcoming projects or services.

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market in Real Estate

Rosemary Gonzalez attended the event “Uncovering the Hidden Job Market in Real Estate” on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.  Rosemary is a graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and is currently a real estate agent at Citi Habitats.  She will start her Master’s in Real Estate at NYU this fall.  Wasserman@SCPS hosted the panel to help students interested in the Real Estate industry gain insight on how to effectively search for jobs.

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Networking!

Panelists Ashkán Zandieh from ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC, and Brett Leonhardt from Madison Realty Capital explain the importance of expanding your skill set and networking in the Real Estate industry. Both panelists graduated with a Master’s in Real Estate from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at NYU and obtained their current positions via networking. A conversation with a professor unrelated to job searching led to an interview at ABS Partners for Ashkán where he obtained a position that hadn’t even been created yet.

The key to networking is being authentic, realistic, and personable. Never ask for a job. Instead, ask questions, have a conversation, ask for advice, get to know the individual and learn from their experiences. If they hear of job opportunities, they might just reach out to you, or refer you for positions you’d never find on monster.com, careerbuilder.com, or other job search sites. Networking is the active approach to job searching. However, most of people engage in the passive approach, which involves submitting applications online.

As the presenters mentioned, “Real world networking is an art” and “You can’t even quantify how important networking is.” When reaching out to a contact at a company of interest, keep it short. Express an interest and ask to meet for coffee or breakfast. Nobody has time to read a novel about your life and why you’d be great for the company! Remember, you’re not there to ask for a job; you’re there to learn about the person and establish a relationship. LISTEN and learn. Bring something to the table by researching the individual and the company or industry before the meeting. That way you’ll not only have better questions to ask, but you’ll look prepared and genuinely interested, which will make you more likeable and memorable when a new job becomes available.

Who should be in your professional network?

EVERYONE! They may not be able to hire you, but they will have viable information, know someone that’s hiring, or they can help make you money, especially if you work on commission!

Never dismiss anyone who might be in a lower level position. Be respectful and thankful for the time you’re given regardless of their position in the company. Reach out to people on LinkedIn for informational interviews that might become your peers. It is best to reach out to potential peers who are doing work that will be somewhat similar to what you’d be doing. If they like you, they’ll like working with you and recommend you. If you dismiss them as unimportant, when they hear about open positions, they certainly won’t be recommending you to their boss.

Reaching out to the CEO will not be as effective, because it is more than likely that the CEO of a major company will NOT have time to grab coffee with you and chat. They are constantly bombarded with emails and phone calls and meetings. Your email will go unopened.

In the real estate industry, even the plumber could help you land a great position. You might not be looking to become a plumber, but the plumber might know a developer or property manager that’s looking for an analyst, broker, architect, contractor, assistant, manager, etc. You never know where your next job might come from. Be humble and treat everyone you meet with the same respect you’d give the CEO.

Are you looking to transition into a new position or industry?

Internships can not only help get your foot in the door, but it’s also an opportunity to network. Panelist Brett Leonhardt informed us that he actually took up an internship after having worked for many years as an architect. It’s difficult to go back to being an intern after having a full-time role for many years, but sometimes you need to make sacrifices to get to where you want to be. It’s also about expanding your knowledge to position yourself for career growth.

Both Ashkán and Brett returned to school to get their Master’s in Real Estate because they “wanted to learn a different language” to be successful in their careers. If you’re looking to transition within the Real Estate industry or from a different industry, you’ll need to build up your skillset. You might understand certain concepts, but if you don’t speak the industry specific language, how will you communicate effectively?

If you’re looking for a job, or looking for a new job, get out there and network, network, network!

Next steps

Want to learn more about strategies to help you uncover the hidden job market? Join Wasserman@SCPS for a Tapping the Hidden Job Market webinar on Wednesday, April 9 at 12 pm.

Jump Start Your Freelance Career

According to Harvard Business Review, freelancers were knights from the Middle Ages who acted as “free lancers” – knights who worked for anyone who would pay them. Today, a freelance or independent worker is “a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer.”

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But… is freelancing right for you? The perks are enticing: wake up late, work in your pajamas, take a jog at your leisure, and dictate your schedule on your terms. Whether you do it full-time or on the side, freelance work can have its benefits. Learn from professional freelancers across a variety of industries at the upcoming Job Search for Freelance Professionals on Thursday, April 3 from 12:30 to 1:30pm here at the Wasserman Center.

Get to know a few of our featured alumni freelancers below! RSVP HERE!

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Dan Feld (Moderator)

B.A. Marketing and Sociology, NYU ‘06

Creator & Host, Prologue Profiles

Dan Feld is the creator and host of the inspirational interview podcast series, Prologue Profiles, featuring the stories of Gen Y’ers taking risks and working hard to go after their career dreams. Dan had previously left his desk job in NYC to become a school teacher in Mississippi, and failed dramatically – which led him to create Prologue Profiles. Dan (Stern ’06) now also speaks at schools to inspire students to make their own career dreams happen.

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Carina Storrs

M.A. Journalism, NYU ‘09

Science and Health Writer

Carina Storrs is a freelance writer, researcher, and editor based in New York. She has written about medical technology, mental health, nutrition, sustainability, and a range of other science and health topics. Her work has appeared in Scientific American and The Scientist magazines, and on the websites of Health.com and Seleni, among other publications. Before freelancing, Carina spent two years working as a researcher and reporter for Health.c om and Health magazine. She completed her PhD in microbiology at Columbia University in 2006 and got her master’s in journalism from NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program in 2009. More information, and links to stories she has written, can be found at carinastorrs.com

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Will Hogben

Freelance App Designer

B.A. Game Design, NYU ‘09

“I had a childhood interest in making video games which required me to learn software development.  While at NYU I began taking on small software projects as an alternative to work study.  In 2007 I began freelance iOS development working for a small shop in Brooklyn.  The demand for iOS development was explosive.  I began contracting in earnest in 2008, and grew it into a small business in 2009.

“My apps have been in The New York Times, demoed live by Martha Stewart and awarded Best in Category at the Consumer Electronics Expo. They’ve been tweeted by Zuckerberg, had #1 in Entertainment for over a week, and downloaded by more than 18 million people.

“Freelance software development is technically and personally demanding.  I hope my experiences, both good and bad, will help future freelancers get started.”

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Diane Leon-Ferdico

Assistant Adjunct Faculty in Mixed Media, NYU-SCPS

B.A. Art History, M.A. Humanities and Social Thought, NYU

Diane Leon Ferdico has been a practicing artist for the past 4 decades. Her enthusiasm for the creative process is a lifelong endeavor. She quotes, “Being an artist takes stamina and perseverance” and she lives by that motto. Diane graduated NYU with a BA in art history from SCPS with honors and her MA in Humanities and Social Thought from the Graduate School of Arts and Science. As an adjunct associate professor of arts in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, in the McGhee degree division she has taught Collage/Mixed Media and the Fundamentals of Painting since 1995.

Her abstract work and articles has been featured in The NY Times, The Queens Courier, Ovation TV and in the US Embassy in Lima, Peru. She maintains a home base in Spain and travel is a constant influence on her work.

Diane also writes personal essays and has worked as an art editor for HerCircleezone.com. Prior experience began in 1964 as an administrative assistant in the music industry where she worked securing visas for the Beatles and Rolling Stone. Throughout her years of day jobs, art has always been the driving force in her life and something that she continues to express each day.

JOB SEARCH FOR FREELANCE PROFESSIONALS

Thursday, April 3, 12:30-1:30pm, Wasserman Center, Presentation Room B

Featured Professionals:

Are you interested in freelancing, but not sure how to do it? Need more details on what it means to work independently? Learn more from a panel of professionals who use a variety of tools and resources to sustain freelance careers.

Group Interview Advice and Wasserman Meet-ups

Group interviews can be intimidating, especially your first time. There’s a lot to think about: who are the other candidates, how much are you talking, how are you responding to others? There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you’ll give your best impression during a group interview.

Find your speaking balance. A big part of the stress of group interviews is figuring out how often your voice should be heard. The interviewers are trying to see what you can contribute to the company and also how well you work on a team. You want to avoid being too overbearing or too silent. Pay attention to the flow of the conversation – if you answered the last question first, pause after the next question to give someone else a chance to answer before you jump in. If you haven’t been speaking much, try to be the first to hop on the next question or speak up to add on to another’s statement.

Support the other candidates. People often worry about letting others “look good” during a group interview – after all, they’re the competition! Believe it or not, this isn’t a real threat. Employers usually hold group interviews if they have more than one position available, meaning that some or all of your co-interviewees might get hired. More important, the employer wants to see that you can be a good co-worker. Avoid disparaging the other candidates at all costs. If a candidate has a good idea, recognize it and add on with your own thoughts.

Be an active listener. Group interviews are a great way to show that you hear what other people are saying. It can be tempting to be rehearsing your own answer in your head as the other candidates are speaking, but this is a dangerous move. You risk repeating what’s already been said or contributing something that’s now off-topic. Instead, really listen as the other candidates are speaking. If an idea comes to you, make a quick note or keep it in the back of your mind, but keep the focus on what others are saying. This will allow you to demonstrate that you’ve been listening by asking probing questions, adding additional information, or taking an idea in a new direction.

Overall, group interviews are about finding balance and showing that you work well with others. Let yourself shine, and give the other candidates a chance to do the same. Not sure that your group interviewing skills are up to par? Schedule an appointment with a career counselor or come to a Wasserman Meet Up for a chance to chat with Wasserman staff, other students, and employers in a relaxed setting.

Our next Meet Up is on Thursday March 27, with a special employer guest: environmental start-up Ecovative! Joe Risico JD, Ecovative’s VP, Head of Business Development and General Counsel, will be there to chat about careers in law, start-ups, and environmentally conscious career. As always, all topics and questions are welcome!

Additional Meet Ups are coming up Friday April 11 and Wednesday, April 23.  Click the links for more details and to RSVP.

Wall Street Services Presents Tips for Resume Success

Have you always wondered what makes a resume stand out to a recruiter? Ideally, you want to provide evidence that your skills and experiences are a match for the job description as closely as possible. Apart from that, we want to share one specific insight that will boost your resume’s potential to entice a recruiter to give you a call.

The truth of the matter is that managers want people who get things done. The world is full of people who do things with little eye on the result. We look at hundreds of resumes each week and one of the key mistakes we see is listing tasks rather than accomplishments. By listing your accomplishments you will stand out and be noticed. Having your resume stand out as noticeable is the point of having a resume. If you are responding to a job posting, it is likely that hundreds of other people are responding as well. If your resume does not stand out, it will be lost in the sea of job seekers vying for the same few positions. In fact, the great probability is that your resume will first be screened by a junior person who knows little about the job you are applying for and is looking for three or four specific items.

Some Tips

AVOID: Listing your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities – for example:

-Researched breaks on aged swap payments to determine the cause for each.

-Prepared and analyzed daily reports

-Communicated with clients

INSTEAD: Detail an accomplishment that explicitly informs the tasks and technical abilities you have – for example:

-Extremely productive in risk reduction: reduced breaks from more than 6,000 to less than 100, completing the project ahead of target date

-Designed and implemented new daily reporting schematic which provided management with a wider range of critical information 2 hours earlier

-Provided critical information to over 4,000 clients

Highlighting your accomplishments will indicate to your recruiter that you are a motivated go-getter able to complete projects and ultimately bring value to their organization. To see more resume, interview and job search tips, visit our blog.

If you are interested in having your resume critiqued by an experienced recruiter in the finance industry, be sure to come to our Resumes & Cover Letters That Work: Presented by Wall Street Services event.  It will be held at the Wasserman Career Center at NYU on March 13th at 4:30pm.

Wall Street Services is a boutique recruiting firm in the finance industry. We place financial consultants on a project basis with well-known firms in New York City. Our mission is to place people into positions they love and provide the best consultants to our clients.

Networking On and Offline

Samantha Knoerzer, a Publishing graduate student in SCPS, offers insight into the recent Networking On and Offline event. She is currently a eBook production intern at Berghahn Books, an international, academic book publishing house that resides in Dumbo, Brooklyn and works as a social media coordinator for BiblioCrunch, a source for indie publishers which helps connect self-published authors and publishers with book publishing professionals to get new books and apps to the market.

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Networking is an important part of furthering your career while attending and after NYU.  Whether you are looking to begin your career, expand it, or even if you want to switch careers completely, panelist speakers highlighted that it is important to network and get to know people in your field in order to expand your opportunities. The panelists stressed that networking is not about calling everyone in search of a job. Rather it is about building relationships, staying in touch with your current network, sharing information, asking for assistance, and most importantly, being authentic.

The four most important tips from the panel were:

  1. The three main steps of networking:

    1. Setting a career vision: Understand why you should network. Networking is important, as everyone already knows. It is important to understand two things when networking: What is my career vision? And, what do I want my next steps to be? By understanding these two things, you can begin to map out a potential career path via networking.

    2. Analyze yourself: Understand what you should network. Many people get stuck at this section, knowing that they want to network, but not knowing how to do so. In order to begin this path to networking, you need to ask yourself: What knowledge/skills/info do I have now? And, what knowledge/skills/info do I NEED in order to begin my networking path? Once you understand this, you can begin to network for your career.

    3. Set networking goals: Create networking goals to complete your career goals. Some sample networking goals are: What is the next step I should take in my career? How can I make a career change into publishing? What qualities is a specific company looking for? What are the trends that are happening in my field? Why am I not getting hired? In order to answer some of these questions, start by making a networking inventory of all the people you already know.

  2. Finding networking contacts online: How do you find contacts to strangers in your field online? The answer: Always look for online networking opportunities. Plenty of places hold networking events advertised through social media. Some other networking actions can even be done directly through online. TaskRabbit, Findspark, Glassdoor, as well as many other sites allow people to go online and complete tasks and take part in online networking webinars in order to network directly from home. Taking part in social media, and following important people in the industry online is the other great way to network online. However, before you do anything, you should make sure to have your own social media up to date.

    1. Twitter networking tips: For Twitter make sure to complete your entire profile. Post a good icon image consisting of a headshot with a single colored background. Once that is done, make sure to follow important people and companies in your industry that have a huge pull in the networking world, and while you do this, share valuable content to be noticed. Finally, always make sure to ask questions on your Tweets to get people engaged with your page and make sure that you, yourself stay engaged with others in the social networking circles that surround you.

    2. Linked In Networking tips: For LinkedIn, make sure to use a profile summary, and once again use a professional photo with similar description as the requirement for your Twitter account. Make sure to always grow your network and join groups that can be of networking value to you. Look on sites such as linkedin.com/alumni to stay connected with your past networking circles, always pay attention to recommendations, and upload projects and portfolios whenever completed. And once again, most importantly, STAY ENGAGED!

    3. Sending emails for requesting informational conversation: Sometimes, the best way to network and really get to know more about a company is to set up an informational interview. From these you can learn valuable information about a company, and really connect with a circle that if you desire to work within, you should understand and connect to. When sending an informational interview/conversation email request make sure to keep it short and simple, sticking to the three main points: Who are you? Why are you writing to them? How much time is this going to take? Making sure to keep your email short and concise will give you the best way to become an interest of connection to the person you are emailing.

  3. Finding networking contacts offline: Offline is just as important, if not more important, than online networking. Going to events can be the best ways to make in person connections. Making in person connections gets people to know you by not only name, but face, which can help you in the long run when you show up to an office for an interview and see people you know. Like what was said in the panel, “Every time you step outside, it is an interview.” Stay friendly and get to know the people around you, even the people next to you in class, to ensure a great networking circle in every aspect of your life.

  4. How to build a relationship via networking: The steps to building a relationship are crucial. First, make sure to send a personalized message introducing yourself. After the meeting, make sure to send a thank you email consisting of follow up thoughts and questions that you still may have. After one month, consider reaching out to send a virtual hand, if needed. Four to six months past that, plan to meet up for coffee, or setup a phone chat. Nine to twelve months after your original introduction, consider an email or phone call consisting of personal and professional updates in order to stay in touch. After this, always send some reconnect emails and attempt to repeat the same cycle in order to keep your networking connection strong.

Next steps: What can you do right now? Make networking manageable; do it a little bit at a time and challenge yourself. Right now start establishing your networking skills by meeting 2 new contacts each week, schedule one informational interview a month, and attempt to reconnect with one person you’ve lost touch with each week. Reach out to existing contacts, takes notes for personal touch, select a tracking mechanism and schedule check-in points. You can even consider scheduling an appointment with a career coach to review your networking plan and help with your correspondence. This is available right now at NYU’s Wasserman Center. All of these opportunities are available to you right now. Why not take advantage of them?

Law School 101 Tomorrow Night

Come hear an overview of services and resources for pre-law students. Get advice on becoming a competitive applicant for law school and learn strategies for connecting with mentors. Tips for finding part-time jobs and internships in law and related fields will also be discussed.The event takes place Wednesday, March 5th at 5:00pm at The Wasserman Center. RSVP here.

Meet the panelists:

Kathryn Espiritu, Director of Admissions, Fordham Law
Lesley Stumphauzer, Campus Recruiter, Freshfields (International Law Firm)
Kenneth Beehler, Attorney and CAS Alum, LeClairRyan
Terron Ferguson, Current Law Student, NYU Law
Ethan Weber, Product Manager-Institutional Programs Kaplan

What’s Next? Finance: Beyond Investment Banking

Curious about careers outside the scope of traditional investment banking opportunities? Come to Wasserman this Friday, February 28th at 12:30pm. Panelists will share their insight into different career paths within finance. Through this event, you will learn how to jumpstart your career, prep for interviews in the industry, and how to effectively network your way to success.

Speakers will be on hand from the following organizations:




RSVP today through CareerNet!

Dinner Interviews: How to Prepare + Our Dining for Success Spring Events

Employers are more frequently holding interviews over a meal or coffee, and the added factor of food and drink can make your interview day seem more daunting. However, if you take the time to prepare, you’ll find that the interview can be tackled – maybe even enjoyed! The best way to practice is by attending Dining For Success. This will give you real experience dining with employers while keeping up a conversation and keeping track of all those forks. Before any dining interview, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re comfortable and prepared when you take your table.

1. Review the Menu

In the age of Yelp, we know that you never pick up coffee without studying the shop’s reviews and tips, and this should be no different. Especially if you have special dietary restrictions, taking time to review the menu a day or two in advance will allow you to spend more time face to face with the employer during the interview. If you have very specific dietary needs, call the restaurant ahead of time to ask questions about the dishes you are considering. You always want to be sure to choose a mid-priced entrée, and be prepared with an appetizer or dessert choice you’d enjoy if the employer decides to order these courses. This is also a chance to see the atmosphere of the restaurant and decide whether or not you also need to spend time studying the navigation of formal place settings.

2. Choose your Wardrobe

Interviews over food or drinks often last longer than a traditional interview, so you want to keep this in mind when choosing what to wear. As always, you want to consider the dress code of the company and then dress one step above that. Avoid wearing clothes that will get in the way while you are eating – leave long flowing sleeves in the closet for this one. Choose an outfit that will allow you to sit comfortably and move your arms to eat and to pass items to your tablemates. If you have long hair, style it in a way so that it stays out of your face (and your soup).

3. Read the News

You can expect more small talk at a dining interview than you would during a traditional interview. The employer wants to get to know you and understand if you will fit in with the culture and environment of the company. To be sure you can participate in the conversation, review the company news, industry news, and current events before the interview. You don’t have to be an expert on every topic, but making sure you can contribute a little to the topic on industry trends and to the topic on the latest big news story will make you more at ease.

4. Plan for Comfort

Even though you are sitting down to eat with the employer, the focus is not on the food. If you tend to eat a lot, consider having a small snack before you go so that you’re not ravenous and distracted from the conversation. Likewise, if you get very thirsty, have a tall glass of water before the meal so you don’t miss out on key points while you’re flagging down the waiter for your third refill. Definitely eat and enjoy your food, but don’t let your hunger be a distraction from the true task at hand: landing that job.

Want more practice, come to one of our upcoming industry-focused Dining for Success dinners.   In-person registration at NYU Wasserman required.  More details available via NYU CareerNet.