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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!

Student Perspectives: The 5 “Do’s” at the NYU Career Fair

Aziza Sultan is a current NYU student in a joint CAS/GSAS program. She is studying politics for her Bachelor’s degree and concentrating on political economy for her Master’s.

Do Dress the Part

When you go to a career fair, it is the beginning of a conversation that you are going to be having with a potential internship or employment opportunity. This first impression is important and it’s crucial that you put forward that you are professional. It’s imperative to take care of your appearance because you can easily prepare to look professional, to ensure that you aren’t judged on that, but rather on the rest of your package. Don’t let something you can easily control be a reason a firm you want to work for doubts you.

Do Have Copies of Your Resume Available (and a 30/60 Second Run Through Prepared)

Always have double the resumes you think you’ll need on hand. Have them out, and readily available to give to recruiters.

The nature of the career fair is that certain tables will have more of a line than others. It’s important to be able to distinguish which are the more competitive tables to navigate and which are easier to access. Ones that are easier to access will give you more ability to engage in more detailed conversation, so for those tables you can speak to the recruiter or people at that table for a longer period of time. Other tables will have more interested students. Thus, it’s important to have two types of “walk-throughs” of your resume and overall package. For shorter conversations, a 30 second presentment of yourself will do, while longer conversations can be up to around 60 seconds before a back and forth short question and answer.

Seek to Speak to Employers of Interest First

The nature of the career fair is that time is limited, so make sure that you go to tables you know you are interested in first, and save companies you want to explore for later.

Part of this strategy is going to be having done prior research on firms that will be present at the fair. A useful application to download is “NYU Career Fair Plus” on your Android or iPhone. It will have a list of all employers who are going to be at the fair. If you want to be prepared and hit the ground running, download the application and learn in depth about every single firm you’re interested in that will be present.

Do Be Yourself

Don’t try to fit into a bubble of what you expect the recruiter will like. Recruiters are people, not robots who just sort between good fits and bad fits for positions. Be confident and know that it is part of the recruiter’s goal to find smart, competent and easy to work with people to work for their firm (given that they are otherwise good fits for the position).  I’ve seen people be incredibly aggressive with recruiters to prove that they are go-getters. That’s not a good way to be, because no one wants to work with people who are abrasive as a means of showing their competence or ability to do well.

Do Only Go After Positions That are Genuinely of Interest to You

I say this because I really think people waste time and energy going after internships and employment they don’t really care to have. This is not only a waste of your own resources but of many people’s. It’s obvious to a potential employer when you are going after something only because you think it will be glamorous, pays well, or is what your friends are doing. At the end of the day, you’ll have to step into and out of an office every single day for the duration of your internship or employment. Where you work, whether you want to work there, and whether or not it’s a good fit for you will impact every part of your life – so make an educated choice. Know the firm and the work you will be doing, know yourself and seek to add the most value to both.


Starting the Semester with a Bang: A How To

By Terri Burns, CAS Class of 2016 and NYU Wasserman Peer in Career Member

Alas… the beginning of a new semester!  You’ve already packed your bags, said farewell to Mom’s cooking, ta-ta to your hometowns, and Californians have grudgingly fled the warmth. Now’s the time we remember that deep in our laptops, buried beneath those Facebook, Buzzfeed, and Twitter tabs that consumed us all break, there’s a resume ready to be touched up.  Whether or not you’ve spent your winter break scouring the Internet for summer internships or whether you’ve used it to search for summer vacation spots, this is how you can start the semester with a bang:

  • Look over your resume

Even if you did not look at your resume once this break, now’s a great time to let a set of fresh eyes glance over it.  Have a roommate, old professor, or friend look over it for feedback, and be sure to add any volunteer experience you completed over break.

  • Reflect

Think about your past experiences and use this reflection to plan the kind of internships you’d like to have this summer. What worked well for you in the past? What didn’t?  What are you looking to get out of an internship? Where do you want to spend your summer? How can you best complement your skills, experience, and interests?

  • Make a Timeline

Application deadlines will creep up before you know it! Compile a list of potential internships and organize it according to deadlines so that you can be sure not to miss any opportunities.

  • Reach Out

Before the semester gets too hectic, be sure to connect with people who can write recommendations for you.  Use this time to grab a lunch, say hello, or express gratitude to those who have helped or will help you.

  • Keep Your Options Open

Remember that internships are a great time to learn, gain experience, meet interesting people, and contribute to a field in which you’re interested.  They are also a time to gain knowledge about something, so be sure to keep your options open!

  • Apply

Submit applications, of course! There’s still time to squeeze in an internship application or two as you find yourself prepping for midterms, but things get busy.  Why not take advantage of the time now?

  • Call or Skype with a Wasserman Counselor

And of course… Log into Career Net to explore the wide range of career advice! You can also book an in-person appointment with a counselor for a 30-minute session!

Use these tips to stay organized and prepare for the weeks ahead.  Before you know it, the snow will be replaced with sunshine, and hopefully you’ll have a bright, productive summer to look forward to. Good luck with spring semester!

Public Health Fair Next Week

2013 Public Health Fair

Interested in a career in Public Health or just curious to find out more about what the industry has to offer? If so, then the 2013 Public Health Career Fair on Friday, November 8th, is the place for you. From 3:00pm-6:00pm, at the Wasserman Center, students and alumni will have the opportunity to interact and network with a variety of representatives in the public health field and learn about current internship/practicum and employment opportunities.  Here are all the necessary details!

PREPARE with an Info. Session: How to Make the Most out of a Public Health Career Fair | Friday, November 1, 2013 | 5:30-6:30pm | 41 East 11th Street, Room 741

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: For a complete list, go to: http://giph.nyu.edu/mph/public-health-practice.html

REGISTRATION: Please RSVP at: https://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/15161/view/event

QUESTIONS: Please refer any questions to careerfairs@nyu.edu or 212.998.4730

Event sponsored the NYU Global Institute of Public Health, the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development.

So you majored in this, but want to work in that…

Looking for work in a field outside of your major can be a daunting task. Janel Abrahami, Steinhardt/Class of 2014, is here with some helpful advice on pursuing those professions that may not formally sync with your area of study.

My fall semester schedule looks something like this: Cultures of Psychology; Fieldwork in Psychology; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; and Applied Psychology Undergraduate Club meetings. I’m majoring in Applied Psychology in Steinhardt and plan to graduate this May. However, I’m not looking for a job in “psychology,” and I don’t want to attend graduate school just yet. Instead, I’m interested in corporate communications and business development, and I have a job and an internship in these fields in addition to my schedule detailed above. So what the heck am I thinking?!

Pursuing a career in a field different than one’s major is actually pretty common these days. The key is to focus on the skills you’re building rather than the subjects you’re learning. Does your major require you to use to certain computer software, like Photoshop, Excel, or SPSS? These can all be highlighted on your resume and applied to a variety of professional positions. Are you forced to give tons of presentations in front of your classes? Public speaking is a huge asset in the work force, no matter what career you pursue.

For example: as a psychology student, I’m learning about Freud and Carl Rogers, but I am building critical thinking skills, mastering my verbal communication, and becoming a pro at working with others on large projects. All of these skills can be applied to my job experience in the communications field.

So before you write off that contemporary dance class as not pertaining to your career goals, think about what you can learn from the course and apply to your job later on- like increased confidence and a boost to your memory skills!

Do those career opportunities seem a little clearer after reading Janel’s account? Make an appointment with a career counselor at Wasserman and make some of your thoughts a reality!

In case you missed it: Day in the Life at Bisnow

Did you miss Sophia’s day as an Apprentice at Bisnow? Catch up with her day by clicking the logo below.

If this sounds like somewhere you would like to work, apply for an Apprenticeship in one of their five departments on NYU CareerNet, job IDs 902925 (Escape Team), 902926 (Events Team), 902927 (Human Resources), 902928 (Sales Team), and 902929 (Marketing Team).

For more Days in the Life, follow us @NYUWassEmployer! And for more career related information, follow us @NYUWasserman!

Resource of the Week: Occupational Handbook

Resource Name: Occupational Handbook

Where to find it: You can access it by clicking on the following link: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

What it is: The Occupational Handbook is a website that has a ton of career information. The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay and more. Each profile also includes a Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projection for the 2010-2020 decade.

Who it’s good for: This website is literally good for every student getting ready to explore different fields because the Occupational Handbook offers insights on 13 major occupational clusters including management, business and finance, sales, service, production, farming, Armed Services, office and administrative support and construction. No matter what field you’re interested in, you will no doubt find more specific information on it.

Why you should use it: The Handbook gives job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state and much more. It’s the perfect place to decide on a career field for yourself too! A lot of students are undecided and understandably so. By looking at statistics for different jobs you may be interested in, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices. Plus it’s an official government website, so you can imagine how official the information posted on the website it!

Resource of the Week: Going Global

Resource Name: Going Global

Where to find it: You can find it on the home page of your NYU CareerNet under the News Feed section.

What it is: Going Global is a country-specific career and employment database containing constantly-updated information on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups and cultural/interviewing advice.

Who it is good for: Going Global is an essential tool for anyone pursuing employment opportunities in a foreign country.

Why you should use it: Packed with country-specific career information, this research tool provides you with expert advice and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. You can also access more than 400,000+ country-specific company profiles across all sorts of industries. Additionally, Going Global provides you with cultural advice, including communication styles, office protocols, negotiation styles, etc.

See the video below on the Global Advantage!