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How to “Wow” Your Interviewer

Claudia Enriquez is a second year student receiving her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. She currently works as a Graduate Program Assistant at NYU Wasserman. She is a New Yorker at heart, growing up in Long Island, then moving to upstate New York to attend college, and now she’s back downstate and enjoying her time at NYU.

You landed the interview, now it’s time to bring out your A game and really ‘wow’ your interviewer. Follow these simple steps below and prepare to land that dream job/internship!

Research, Research, Research

Did I mention research? Check out the company’s website. Review the company’s mission statement, values, culture, goals, achievements, recent events, and the company’s products/services.  If you know anyone who works there – ask him/her to give you the inside scoop!

Practice Makes Perfect…Or at least Preparation!

Be prepared to the job interview. Practice general and challenging interview questions with your peers.  Practice in front of a mirror – don’t be shy! The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel, which will come off during the interview.  While you should practice, be authentic during the actual interview.

NYU Wasserman has plenty of great career resources.  Swing by during walk-in hours for a mini mock interview, or make an appointment with a career counselor. You can find other helpful resources on CareerNet, under the Career Resources tab. Check it out!

Get Ready and Be on Time

The night before do the following:

  • Have your outfit picked out (rule of thumb: dress one or two levels up)

  • Pack your bag

  • Print out extra copies of your resume

  • Get directions to your destination (Check alternative routes)

  • Relax and have a good night’s sleep

The day of the big interview give yourself enough time to arrive. Arrive between 5-7 minutes early. If you’re too early walk around, grab some water, etc. As soon as you walk through the door, all eyes are on you – that means, be polite to everyone, from the receptionist to the person interviewing you.  Remember to put on your best smile!

How to Answer Questions During the Interview?

During the interview make eye contact and answer questions with confidence.  Use the STAR method:

  • Situation – Describe the situation you were in (e.g., the name of the internship or course you were taking)

  • Task – Identify the specific project you were working on and briefly discuss what it entailed

  • Action – This is the most important element! Specifically identify what YOUR action was related to the question that was asked

  • Result – Close the question by stating an outcome to your situation

If you ever find yourself stuck on a question, that’s okay! Say to the interviewer ‘that’s a good question, let me think about it.’ Pause, breathe, think, and then give your answer.

Ask Meaningful Questions

At the close of the interview, the interviewer will always ask if you have any questions for them.  Have about 5-10 questions prepared, but of course, don’t ask questions already answered during the interview.

Below are good examples of what to ask the interviewer.

  1. What qualities do you think are most important for someone to excel in this position?

  2. What do you personally like most about working for this company?

  3. What would be one of the greatest challenges a person in this position would face?

  4. Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be working with?

  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Follow Up

Send a thank you email or a letter to your interviewer(s) 24-48 hours after the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, send tailored individual thank you notes. Reiterate your strengths and your interest in the company. This is also an opportunity to add anything you did not discuss during the interview. As always, thank them for their time and the opportunity.

Good luck!

In Case You Missed It: Day In The Life at Time Inc.

Did you miss a day in the life at Time Inc?  Click on the image below for a recap!

 Follow us on Twitter @NYUWassEmployer for tweets on a day-in-the-life of employees at different organizations. A professional will take over our account for the day and give you live updates about the projects they work on, meetings they attend, and the culture of their office.

Meet the Panelists: Arts Professions Panel

Meet the Panelists: Arts Professions Panel, Tuesday, October 21st, 12:30-1:30 with Joe Kluger

On Tuesday, October 21st, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development will host an Arts Professions Panel for students who are interested in the arts, design and entertainment industries. One of the panelists for the event will be Joe Kluger, a Principal of WolfBrown. Joe holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from NYU and a B.A. in Music from Trinity College in Hartford.

We asked Mr. Kluger for his personal career advice for students who want to work in the arts. His advice:

  • Do something you are really good at and that matches your strength.
  • Do something you love (i.e. in an art form you’re passionate about).
  • Be clear about what your work parameters and values are.
  • Maintain patience and perseverance in the pursuit of short and long-term career goals that you set for yourself.
  • Remain flexible and open to new opportunities.

Before his consulting career, Joe was the President of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, where he helped develop the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and raised over $130 million for endowment. Among many leadership positions he holds, Joe is an internationally recognized expert in the use of technology to accomplish strategic objectives in the arts. He has provided advice in this area to organizations such as the League of American Orchestras and OPERA America and their members.

If you’re interested in the arts, make sure to RSVP for the Arts Professions Panel (Tuesday, October 21st, 12:30-1:30) through NYU CareerNet!

Employer Insights: How the Engineering & Technology Fair Worked For Me

by Anthony Giorgio

Way back at the turn of the millennium, I was studying Computer Science at Polytechnic University, on the former Long Island campus.  During my freshman year, I learned about the annual on-campus career fair that was held in the spring.  I had visited the career services office, and they were offering students the chance to volunteer at the fair to help setup the various tables and booths.  I decided to take them up on their offer, and arrived at the fair early in the morning.  I carried boxes of tchotchkes and  marketing materials from the recruiters’ cars into the gym, and struck up a few conversations.  Eventually the fair started, and the horde of students arrived.  Being a lowly freshman, I didn’t have much to offer, and was politely rejected from every table.  I didn’t expect anything different, and resigned myself to a fate of again spending summer break working for McDonald’s.  

As the fair wound down, I helped the various recruiters pack up their booths, and they gladly rewarded me with a plentiful supply of keychains, pens, stress balls, and other items emblazoned with corporate logos.  There was one company, however, that I spent more than a few minutes chatting with.  They were a local Hewlett-Packard reseller, who also employed software engineers for consulting work.  The recruiter seemed to like me, and said they would be in touch.

A week or so later, they called me up and offered me a summer internship.  I was elated, since I didn’t expect to be doing technical work as a freshman.  I ended up working there for the entire summer, performing a variety of intern-related IT roles.  As my role was winding down, and I was preparing to return to school, the company hired another intern to replace me.  He was another student at Poly, but he was a senior and preparing to graduate.  In the few weeks we worked together, we became acquaintances, and learned to respect each other’s abilities.  I sometimes spoke to him during the school year, but since he was older than I, our social circles didn’t cross very much.

The next summer I again attended the career fair, and this time I managed to land an internship at Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola).  I was fortunate enough that my resume had the right key technical terms, and the recruiter gave me a callback.  I spent the next two years working there, as my class schedule permitted.  It gave me excellent insights into how the corporate world worked, and invaluable experience in software development.

As I entered my senior year, I began to look for full-time employment, since I needed a “real” job.  I decided to attend the fall career fair at the Brooklyn campus, since I felt that waiting for the spring one on Long Island might be too late.  I put on my interview suit, printed out a stack of resumes, and climbed on the coach bus the school chartered for the occasion.  I felt confident, since I had three years of work experience, and I was about to complete a combination BS-MS program in Computer Science.   Still, I was nervous – what if nobody hires me?  What if I can’t get an offer?  I put those thoughts to rest as the bus parked in downtown Brooklyn.  

When I entered the career fair, I was surprised at how crowded it was.  The Long Island fairs usually had a decent turnout, but the Brooklyn one was on an entirely different level.  The popular companies had lines 20 students     deep, and there were so many tables they spilled over into the lobby of the library.  As I made my way around the fair, I met with the recruiters, shook their hands, passed out resumes, and recited my spiel innumerable times.  Eventually I made my way to the IBM table.  As luck would have it, my former classmate and colleague from my first internship had returned to recruit!  After the perfunctory greeting, he introduced me to the hiring manager, and we chatted briefly.  He seemed to like me, and told me to head to the career services office after the fair.  I wasn’t quite sure what would happen next, but I eagerly agreed.

After a nervous lunch, I headed over to the career services office, where I saw a number of other students.  Some I recognized from my campus, while others I had never seen before.  The woman in charge of the office said that the representatives from IBM would be individually interviewing us, since we had passed their pre-screening.  When it was my turn, I met with the recruiter once more, and talked for about a half-hour in a private office.  He asked me about my academic career, my work experience, and a number of other things to feel me out as a candidate.  The interview drew to a close, and he congratulated me, shaking my hand.  He promised that the hiring manager would be in touch, and to prepare for a phone interview.  I was pleased, but somewhat unsure.  I had never interviewed on a phone before, and didn’t really know what to expect.  

A few weeks later, I received an email from the hiring manager, asking when it would be convenient for me to talk.  We set up a date and time, and proceeded to have a pleasant conversation with each other.  This interview was rather similar to my previous one with IBM, where the interviewer seemed more interested about my personality and how I would fit in, rather than my technical skills.  At the end of the call, the manager said that he was going to recommend I come up for an in-person interview, and that someone from Human Resources would be in touch.  Within a few days, I received another email, this time inviting me to the IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The HR representative gave me all the details, including directions to the site, what hotel I would be staying at, how to be reimbursed for my travel expenses, and what restaurants I should eat at.

As my in-person interview date approached, I realized that this would be the longest drive I have ever taken, and I would be doing it solo.  It was also before GPS or smartphones were common, so I made sure to print the route out using Mapquest directions, and brought along a paper map backup.  I packed an overnight bag, climbed into my old Honda, and headed north.  After two hours, I arrived in Poughkeepsie, and managed to find my hotel.  I checked in, grabbed a bite to eat, and prepared my suit for the interview tomorrow.  

The next morning, I headed over to the IBM facility on Route 9.  Once inside, I joined a large number of other candidates preparing to take the IPAT exam (a standardized test given to job applicants).  I spent about 90 minutes taking the test, and then we were all instructed to wait for our hiring managers to pick us up from the lobby.  A short while later, my manager came by, and I recognized him as being the same one from the career fair.  He explained that his job was to take me around the site and bring me to various groups that had job openings.  We drove around to a number of different offices, and I met a few different hiring managers.  Each one had a specific opening, for either software development or test.  The management team also took me out to lunch, which I later found out was so they could see how I handled social situations.  At the end of the day, the recruiting manager asked which of the positions I’d like to work in.  I ended up picking the sole development one, since it seemed the most interesting.  

I drove home the next day, retracing the hundred-mile journey downstate.  I thought I did well, but I wasn’t sure if I would get a written job offer.  After the weekend, I returned to school, and resumed my classes.  As the weeks went by, I became more nervous about my chances.  I had another written job offer, but it had an expiration date attached.  I was hoping that I would simultaneously have two job offers in hand so I could pick the more appealing one.  Finally, in mid-February, a letter arrived from IBM with my official offer.  I decided to accept, and began communicating with a Human Resources representative on all the things required to start my employment.

In conclusion, pursuing a job opportunity with a large corporation can be a long journey.  Decisions take time, and multiple people are involved in many steps.  From the candidate’s perspective, the interminable wait can be nerve-wracking, but it’s all part of the process.  It’s also important to differentiate yourself from the rest of the candidates.  If you tell the recruiter what makes you a good hire, it will help them to recall you later on.  Remember, having the smarts to do the job only gets you so far, but effective communication, teamwork, and a positive attitude will get you to the prize!

If you’d like to work for IBM, we’re hiring!  We have a number of openings available in the Systems & Technology Group.  These are for both co-ops and entry-level positions.  If you’re interested, check out the following links:

System z Software Developer – Intern (Poughkeepsie, NY or Tuscon, AZ)

System z Software Developer – Entry Level (Poughkeepsie, NY; Tuscon, AZ; or San Jose, CA)

IBM Wave Software Developer – Entry Level (Poughkeepsie, NY)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH IBM, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY CAREER FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

10 Tips for Breaking into Brand Management & Strategy

On Tuesday, September 9th the Wasserman Center at the School of Professional Studies and the NYU Integrated Marketing Association hosted a career panel, “Breaking Into Brand Management & Strategy”. In case you missed it, we highlighted the 10 tips shared by panelists.

Panelists:

Amber Greviskes, SVP Professional and Enterprise Solutions, Qnary

Michelle Corbett, Manager, Talent Acquisition- Global Marketing, L’Oreal USA

Angie Chahin, Former Intern at Twitter and NYU School of Professional Studies student

1)    Begin to focus on the interest you aspire to and build a professional network of contacts. Panelists suggested that students always write down speaker names and follow up with them to show genuine interest in the field.

2)    Don’t forget about your professors. Leverage school presentations, classes, and events. NYU is here to help and professors have built careers in their industries over many years. Build relationships with your professors and use their office hours to learn more about breaking into their fields of expertise.

3)    Find an internship by presenting hidden competencies. Michelle shared that many companies, including L’Oreal, do not look for specific majors or experiences but rather hidden competencies such as curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. Showing that no task is too big or small and that you’re not afraid of taking on different roles helps you stand out from other applicants.

4)    To land a brand management position, Amber recommended students show hands-on capabilities through course project work. Angie added that during interviews, she would highlight cases and projects she worked on in school and their impact.

5)    Michelle also suggested researching companies to gain a better understanding of specific departments dedicated to brand management and marketing. Read job descriptions to understand a company’s unique language. It will make searching and interviewing much easier to both the recruiter and yourself.

6)    Understand the differences between brand strategy and brand management.  Michelle explained how this depends on the life cycle of the product. Brand strategy is a long-term process that goes from initial concept to actual production; whereas brand management is the day-to-day life of the product. Rather than changing the product brand management can adapt to how it’s introduced to the market.

7)    Be creative. Angie learned during her Twitter internship experience that one must come up with innovative ideas for their client brands. Meet with your team, always do your research, and be in the know of what’s happening in the industry. 

8)    Always communicate clearly. Amber believes every conversation is an opportunity to sell yourself and your background. Always have a 30-minute elevator pitch ready. 

9)    For international students, make global background and experiences an advantage. Be open to a wide range of different opportunities and showcase language and cultural skills.

10) Michelle believes you can make an impression on your resume regardless of prior experience in brand management. In order to do so, ensure the employer understands your interest and that you’re highlighting the most relevant examples of the different things you’ve done. Take advantage of the cover letter to explain how and why you are interested in brand management and strategy and why you want to work for that specific company. Career changers should always emphasize their volunteer experiences in the field as well as leadership roles in school.

Don’t miss out on events like this! Sign up for the Wasserman Student e-newsletter By clicking here!

Mu Sigma – Grow fast in this innovative work environment!

Author: Prashant Suryakumar

Back in 2008 when I was graduating from the UT MBA program, I had a choice to make – continue in telecom and join a Fortune 500 organization in the economic modeling team, or take a chance on a Data Analytics consulting startup. Fortunately for me my desire to try consulting gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and join Mu Sigma. Boy – has it been a ride over the last 6 years! I’ve had numerous “company building” experiences, opportunities to directly interact with CXOs, manage 100+ member teams and run a $10+ million P&L, while helping the company grow 30X in revenues.

They say one in ten startups succeed, and perhaps my circumstances were different from today – So in preparation for this blog post, I decided to interview a few of my colleagues who joined Mu Sigma as part of the MSU 2013 batch.

(All fresh hires, irrespective of background are sent to our Austin office for a 6 week bootcamp conducted by the Mu Sigma University, where the basics of problem solving, advanced statistics and business are taught followed by real world consulting engagement exercises. You then go to your client location where, a combination of self-learning modules, live engagements, mentors and client interactions harden your newfound decision sciences skills.)

Here’s a synthesis of experiences they had, and you should expect if you choose to join Mu Sigma.

  • Drink out of a fire hose: Mu Sigma is a learning organization, we prioritize learning over knowing. What few people realize before joining is the breadth of learning. You will learn statistics, presentation skills, problem solving across multiple industries through first principle thinking, and extensive research. In parallel you learn how to work with clients, people management, and most importantly time management. Work will fill as much time you give it, and in the process you learn about yourself and your limits.

  • Work with a Smart Diverse crowd: Candidates are selected from the top schools in the US based on their clarity of thought and ability to learn. Expect a lot of debates!

  • Work with global teams: Ever played the game Telephone? Working with teams around the world is playing telephone in real life. Ensuring this works well requires communication through multiple channels and is an exercise in being precise in setting expectations, but broad while giving context.

  • Very high exposure / responsibility: Within 8 weeks of joining Mu Sigma, you should be expected to interact with middle management of Fortune 100 clients, providing recommendations on multimillion dollar decisions. No pressure.

  • Appreciation of failures: the training program, and most of the first year is a sandbox to learn, fail and learn again. There is significant support both in the US and from India operations to help you in your projects. All that is expected is initiative.

Mu Sigma is like a college after college. The ecosystem is young, energetic and constantly evolving. From what I have seen, there couldn’t be a better transition from university to corporate life.

If you are interested in exploring Mu Sigma some more or leaving behind a footprint in the Mu Sigma story, visit us at

http://www.mu-sigma.com/analytics/people/careers/Americas.html to learn more.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH Mu Sigma, STOP BY THEIR BOOTH AT THE Engineering & Technology Career FAIR. RSVP THROUGH NYU CAREERNET BY CLICKING HERE!

Student Perspectives: Interning in Council Member Margaret Chin’s office

by Jessica Chen

What made this summer the best summer? Was it my weeklong vacation in California or my weekend adventures outside of New York City? Nope; this summer was the best because of all the time I spent in my favorite city, New York. Interning in Council Member Margaret Chin’s office allowed me to explore Lower Manhattan and gained a unique experience that I would otherwise not have.

As an intern for Council Member Chin, I was able to travel between City Hall, 250 Broadway (the Legislative Office), and her District Office multiple times a day.  District One is the best; everything is within walking distance!

As an intern, I learned firsthand about the work the in City Hall as well as the district office. I really enjoyed going to City Council meetings; from listening in on conversations between the council members to hearing testimony from advocates and the general public, this internship really showed me how city government works.  One of my favorite things to do in City Hall was to be in the room during a stated meeting, which is when city bills are voted on.  Because I was in the room when a bill was passed, I felt like I was experiencing a piece of City history.

Most of my time was spent at the District Office, working under the guidance of the fulltime staff. I learned so much about the district and the city as a whole. Through working with constituents, I learned about the different problems people in the district faced, such as housing, immigration, and even education issues. Not only did I learn about these issues, I learned how to deal with them as well.

Working with constituents really helped me improve my communication skills. Watching the staff members ask questions about a case made me realize that I had to dig deeper in order to get all the facts. Sometimes when constituents would describe their case and I didn’t know how to respond, Xiaomin, Linda, Patricia and even our new staffers Vincent and Yong would fill in with an appropriate response. In moments like these I am reminded that as an intern, I have so much more to learn, and am grateful to have the opportunity to do so.

Working with constituents and on special intern projects, I’ve learned so much through firsthand experience. I know so much more about issues faced by the City’s residents as well as the policies and proposals used to address them. After working for Council Member Chin’s office this past summer I feel like more of a New Yorker than I’ve ever been.  I highly recommend interning at Council Member Chin’s office. It’s a great learning experience and has truly opened my eyes to the inner workings of city government.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Apply for their openings on CareerNet: Job ID 942467

Tips for Wrapping Up Your Internship on a Positive Note

Nicole Klein Isenhour, Assistant Director at The Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU-Poly, offers forth some tips for completing your internship.

You’re nearing the end of your internship so it must be time to throw caution to the wind right? WRONG…the final days, weeks, hours of your summer internship are equally as important as your first, if not more! How you leave things off will the employer will leave a lasting impression and set the stage for things moving forward. You always want to end things on a good note and have the employer remember your hard work all summer. Wrapping up the right way can lead to references, recommendations, mentorship, keeping in touch and most importantly: potential consideration for future positions down the line. Not sure what to do? No problem, that’s where we come in with the top 5 tips for wrapping up your internship.

  • Make sure your projects are covered– Finish as much as you can but in the event you are leaving before a project is finished, leave strong documentation so that your coworkers can pick up where you left off or a new person can come in and know what you have already done or what needs to be done. Your coworkers will appreciate you keeping them in the loop and leaving thorough notes.
  • Schedule a final meeting with your supervisor – Review what you have done; projects, your goals moving forward, advice they might have for you in terms of professional development. Mention what you have learned and how this experience has been valuable to you.
  • Ask for constructive feedback – Is there anything you did really well and are there areas for improvement that you could work on moving forward? A thing or two you might be able to improve upon? It shows the employer that you are mature, that you care about your growth and development and that you want to continue to improve and succeed.
  • Thank everyone– Thank your supervisor but also thank anyone else you reported to and perhaps some you did not report to but wanted to thank for the experience, such as higher ups in the company. Ask for a few minutes of their time to drop in and discuss your internship. Use this time to informationally network, share what you learned, how you grew from your time there. Ask to keep in touch in the future, after the internship concludes. Also thank your fellow interns, coworkers and any other staff that contributed to your positive experience. Appreciation goes a long way and leaves a lasting impression. Send handwritten thank you notes as well!
  • Stay connected– Send a hello email every month or 2 to the employer. See what they have been doing in the news or what is happening in the industry to use as some talking points, forward an article that might be applicable to their business and of interest to them. This shows you are invested and care about keeping up with industry trends and current events. You can also share something relevant you did in a class, a group project, a conference you attended, share it!

As always, feel free to make an appointment through CareerNet and come by the Wasserman Center for Career Development to discuss your personal internship experience and career goals/ next steps!

Summer Spotlight Series with Talent Tech

Did you miss Executive Director, Jonathan’s, day at Talent Tech Labs? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Check out the openings on CareerNet: Job IDs: 939426 and 917366.

Summer Spotlight Series with NYU Steinhardt

Did you miss Steinhardt student Rose’s day as an analyst at a market intelligence consulting firm in Shanghai? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Want to find an internship, part-time job, or full-time position? Make an appointment through CareerNet to meet with a career coach and start exploring all of the available and exciting opportunities.