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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!

March Madness: Career & Employment Tournament Bracket

March Madness and the NCAA Basketball Tournaments are upon us! As you settle in to watch and cheer on your favorite men’s and women’s teams through this month’s non-stop blitz of exciting action, take the time to also think of your career and employment plans. A lot of you may be filling out brackets and hoping to predict the correct winners. Think about the same thing for your career. Like Florida, Arizona, or Wichita State on the men’s side and UConn, Tennessee, and Notre Dame on the women’s side, you probably have career and industry favorites. It’s easy and painless to advance these favorites through your bracket, but it takes a little time and research to pick some upsets. What kind of jobs and careers are your underdogs? Who are those Albanys, Florida Gulf Coasts, and Cardiac Pack teams that can come up out of nowhere to capture your focus and attention?

So, this March, don’t just pick a safe tournament bracket and don’t just settle for the same types of career exploration. Be bold in your search and match your skills, qualifications, and interests to some other, untapped potential career matches. Check out CareerNet for our latest seminars and industry expos, make an appointment with a career coach to help evaluate options, or take a few minutes to see where NYU grads end up professionally.

It’s called March Madness for a reason. Don’t play it safe…explore and research!

Artist Volunteer Center

Founder and Director of the Artist Volunteer Center, Jason Maas, talks about the intersections of art and service engagement, how Hurricane Sandy provided career guidance, and how you can get involved as a Program Assistant Intern (NYU CareerNet Job ID #915532) at the Artist Volunteer Center.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA 2011

Founder & Director, Artist Volunteer Center

Volunteering changed my life. I was a full-time working artist until Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall.  On the evening of October 29th, 2012, the first floor of my Brooklyn studio building on the Red Hook Waterfront was swept with seven feet of water. My space on the second floor was untouched, but all of my friends and neighbors below were completely devastated— their artwork, equipment, and livelihood vanished. I was grateful for having not been directly affected, but also traumatized for witnessing devastation all around me. Instantly I was inspired to help others get their lives back on track. I began volunteering full-time in the recovery effort and was hired by NY Cares and later by the organization Respond & Rebuild to run Volunteer Coordination in The Rockaways to clean homes free of mold and debris with the work of volunteers.

I had never done any work like this before, and these experiences not only showed me valuable skills I didn’t know I had, it also completely inspired new artwork. My artwork was socially conscious before the storm, but there was something missing and I couldn’t figure out what it was. My time in Rockaway illuminated what was missing: I had been taking all my imagery and inspiration for social causes from the internet; I had no direct connection until now.

Getting out of my studio, getting my hands dirty and actually helping people changed the course of my life and my artwork was taken to a whole new level. My time out in Rockaway for nine months not only presented to me a need for artists to be supported to volunteer and make are about it, but my work with Respond & Rebuild gave me on-the-job training on how to start a nonprofit. These experiences led me to found the nonprofit The Artist Volunteer Center. We promote humanitarian volunteerism by artists, and support the creation of artwork inspired by volunteer action. The AV Center connects arts and volunteer programs with the purpose of uniting organizations and individuals for the common goal of helping artists help people.

I have a new career path, and a vision to help artists help people. This all began with volunteering. Volunteerism could lead you to a new job or a new path, but what it certainly will do is provide you with a unique and meaningful experience. If you are interested in making art about your volunteer experience, you should definitely reach out to us.

Still wondering if volunteering might lead to a new career or life path? New findings show that volunteers have a 27% higher chance at finding employment than non-volunteers. See the full study here.

We are also looking for a Program Assistant Intern. This is an incredible opportunity for someone to get involved in many aspects of nonprofit management.

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!

“To-Do List” for Winter Break

By: Le-Jeune Sealey-Horsford, College of Nursing, Class of 2014

Congratulate yourself on all the hard work you have put in during the Fall semester. Now, it’s time for the long awaited and well-deserved winter break. Whether you are staying in the city or traveling elsewhere, now is an ideal time to start planning for Spring Semester. Here are some tips to make the most out of your winter vacation:

  1. Start researching Spring/Summer internship/externship opportunities. Many Summer internship/externship applications become available during the spring semester. Winter break is the perfect time to start contacting human resources and drafting internship applications.
  2. Ask your professors for letters of recommendation. Did you make a great impression on a professor this semester? If so, do you think she or he would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you? Ask! The letter  will come in handy for internship and job applications.
  3. Polish your resume. Did you participate in leadership activities on or off campus during the semester? Did you have an internship? Add those-experiences to your resume. If you need assistance, stop by the Wasserman Center during walk-in hours or make an appointment with a career counselor.
  4. Volunteer. Winter break occurs during-the season of giving. Join in the holiday spirit and give back to the community. Volunteering is a great way to gain and hone skills. Then add your newly acquired skills to resumes and cover letters.
  5. Network. Sift through some of the business cards you collected during the spring semester and reach out to your contacts. This is a good way to leave a positive impression, learn more about a company and attain a valuable contact for yourself for the future. Even attending holiday events can be professionally productive.
  6. Update/Create a CareerNet profile. On CareerNet you can upload your resume, cover letters, look for jobs and RSVP to many career development events.
  7. Shop for professional attire. Take advantage of the holiday sales to add business attire to your wish list.
  8. Practice your elevator pitch with your family and friends. Have them listen and give constructive criticism. Use their feedback to perfect your pitch.

Have a happy, healthy and safe Winter Break and all the best for the New Year!!


How to Make the Most of Your Time Back Home

By Hillary Lee, CAS 2015, Peer in Career

Finals are done, finals are over!  Time to go home, relax, and hopefully enjoy spending quality time with your family!  But wait, while you’re home, you should still be thinking about how to take advantage of all that free time you have and use it to prep for the job search process.  Taking advantage of your time at home?  It’s only a month, what could there possibly be that you can do?  Oh, but the opportunities are limitless.  In this post, I have listed 3 basic, easy, simple things you can do over break to help prepare yourself for the job search process during upcoming semester and beyond.

Add Experience to Your Resume:

Just because winter break is about a month long doesn’t mean you can’t make it a productive one.  There are many things you can do over break to add more experience to your resume.  Possibilities include volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in the field you are interested in.  This way, you can test if a specific field is actually what you are interested in before dedicating a summer (or lifetime) to it.  There are even some select companies who offer short internships over winter break that you can apply for (but this also requires research in advance). Fortunately, there’s CareerNet to help!

Maintain Connections and Continue Networking:

Never lose touch with the people from your past!  Meet up with old high school friends, see how they’re doing and where life is leading them.  Keep those old connections alive! Just because you only see each other a few times a year does not mean they are not important.  Another way to maintain connections is to visit your old high school.  Catch up with with your old teachers, thank them again for all they have done for you and for those recommendations that got you into NYU.

Prep Yourself:

Winter Break is prime time to prepare for the job market.  Without the stress of school or other responsibilities, you can dedicate more time to improving the way you represent yourself to employers.  Don’t just review and edit your resume, have others look at it too!  Ask your family or friends to take a peek at it and tell you what they feel. You can even let your old teachers to look over it as well.  Having multiple sets of eyes on your resume can never hurt.  Break also gives you time to practice your interview skills.  Explore CareerNet and test out all the neat features you can use, like Big Interview or InterviewStream.  Now is the perfect time to practice in front of the mirror, because for the next month, you won’t have roommates who will judge you as you talk to yourself.  You can also use this time to do more research on the field you are interested in.  What jobs do you want to explore in the future? What are the qualifications for those jobs?  What can you do to improve your qualifications?  These are all questions you will have time to explore and answer over break.

These are just some examples of how you can make the most of your break from school.  Don’t just sit there are watch Netflix on your bed the whole time! Remember, you are limitless.

Lessons Learned: How to Network During the Holidays

Recently, Rachel Frint from the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS hosted a webinar on how to network during the holidays.  In case you missed it, here are some tips for how to build your network during the holiday season.

Job Seekers

If you are searching for a new job, there is no need to slow down your search during the holidays.  While some companies may slow their hiring during this time of year, not all of them do!  Some companies may hire seasonal employees, or they may be getting ready to post new opportunities at the beginning of the New Year.

Holiday Parties & Gatherings

Even though it is a busy time of year, try to make some effort to attend holiday events.  Networking around the holidays is often more informal, so a formal, professional pitch may not be appropriate at these events.  Avoid the “hard sell” during these events.  Also remember to exude the holiday spirit and be positive and happy in your conversations.  Don’t let any negative energy or anxiety about your job search influence your conversations.

Company Holiday Party

Attending your company’s holiday gathering is a great way to network with your colleagues and increase your internal visibility.  Make an effort to talk to people who you don’t know well or who you would like to work with more.  Be an active listener, ask good questions, and be present in your conversations with colleagues.

Family Gatherings

Don’t discount family members just because they don’t work in the exact field you want to get into; they may be able to connect you with people.  Talk about your skills and career goals with your family and ask for specific, reasonable requests.  Don’t ask them to help you get a job, but instead ask for an introduction, advice on your job or internship search, or advice on your resume.

Friend’s Party

These settings tend to be very casual, but you can still approach them strategically.  Instead of bouncing around talking to as many people as possible, focus more on building strong, lasting connections, or even rekindling connections with people you haven’t see in a while.  You can bring your business card with you, but leave your resume at home.

Home for the Holidays

If you are going home for the holidays, consider building connections with people in your hometown.  Schedule some meetings to re-kindle your relationship with some of your friends or former colleagues.  Do some research and find NYU alumni based in your hometown and schedule an informational interview.

Holiday Networking Follow Up

The holiday season is a good excuse to reach out to contacts you haven’t spoken to in a while.  Send a personalized “Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year” email message to your professional contacts.

For anyone you meet over the holidays, be sure to send a follow up email right away, but save the job seeking conversation until after the New Year.  Also, remember to check in with your contacts a few months later so that you stay top of mind.

Meet with a Wasserman Career Counselor to discuss your specific strategy for networking during the holidays.

Resource of the Week: International Jobs Center

Resource Name: International Jobs Center

Where to find it: Log in to your NYU CareerNet account and select the Document Library under Resources. Select “International Career Employment Weekly” or go to www.internationaljobs.org

What it is: International Jobs Center is a site that offers international professionals job opportunities around the world.  It contains all the information for job openings in a multitude of areas such as intergovernmental organizations, engineering firms, corporations involved in international trade and finance, student exchange organizations and much more.

Who it is good for: It’s a fantastic resource for job or internship seekers with an international background, people looking for an international job or internship, and of course international employers.

Why you should use it: You shouldn’t mistake it for an employment agency, because it’s not. It’s a valuable resource in that it has a wide array of international fields.  While you can’t apply through the site itself, International Jobs Center provides each employer’s information, job requirements, what they’re looking for in a candidate, and lastly how to apply for the position.   It’s helpful in that you have all the information you need to apply for a specific job compiled in one, easily accessible place.

Sign up today and don’t forget to subscribe to Weekly to get updates on available jobs!

Getting the job you want and succeeding in it: Career Boot Camp

Leave your fatigues at home, but lint-roll your power suit—Career Boot Camp is coming!

Making the transition from student to professional can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be, so long as you’re armed with the knowledge and resources to successfully navigate both career choices and office life.

Career Boot Camp: From Classroom to Workplace is a one-day, on-campus conference designed to make the transition from university to working life as smooth as possible. Professionals from top firms will offer advice, information, and insight to help students excel in their careers, including:

·      Career “do’s” and “don’ts”
·      Networking and communication strategies
·      How to effectively negotiate real world work-place situations

Applications for the Career Boot Camp are due October 5, 2012. Apply via NYU CareerNet (Job ID #862472). Career Boot Camp is held on Friday, November 2nd.

How To Tuesday: Online Applications Tips and Tricks

Ever wonder what employers are thinking when they receive your application online?  Submitting your resume and cover letter with no response?  We asked employers for advice when applying through online systems like NYU CareerNet.  Here, they share tips and tricks to ensure you get called in for that coveted interview.


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