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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!

Meet the Global Peers: Prague

Before I start being formal and all, here is some general information about me. My name is Emily Sujka.  But, if you ever meet me face-to-face on campus, you might hear people greet me by another name: Maggie.  I have just completed a semester of studying away in Prague, Czech Republic.  My experience there definitely helped in elucidating many parts of life lurking in the shadows.  I won’t say it has been life altering, after all, going abroad hasn’t changed the course of my life.  But, all the small experiences in Prague, living in a completely different culture, with a different language, diet, set of social standards, have certainly further molded me. Recently, I spoke with NYU’s Wasserman Center about my experiences.

What is your major/class/school?

Currently, (and I say currently because it’s always changing) I am an Economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a part of the Class of 2016.

Why did you want to study away at your particular site?

In actuality, I had no intention of going abroad.  Back in high school, I went to Spain for a month during the summer.  It was dreadful.  I longed for America the whole time.  But, my ideas about going to study in another country shifted with my freshman year RA who had gone abroad with NYU twice and whole-heartedly endorsed the opportunity for any student.  That’s when my research began…

I wanted to study away in the Czech Republic for several reasons.  And no, it wasn’t because it was cheaper or because of its convenient Central European location.  My reasons had to do with the culture.  I love Slavic Cultures, specifically that of Poland.  So, the Czech Republic isn’t Poland…but it was just a step towards a bigger goal.  My motto in life is to keep moving by any means to get to where you want to be. For a semester to be surrounded by food, language, and symbols, associated with Slavic life was just such an elating idea and I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.

What classes did you take?

In Prague, I completed Building a State: Czech and Slovak Republics, Modern Dissent, Elementary Polish II, and Architecture.

What was the most meaningful/impactful experience you had abroad?

The most meaningful/impactful experience…well geez, that’s a lot of pressure. I’ve met famous Czech politicians, volunteered a weekend at Benediktus, a volunteer community in a more rural part of the Czech Republic, hiked up Sniezka, the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše mountains, walked along the paths of priests as St. Vitus Cathedral, and even eaten Falafel in St. Wenceslas Square where the Velvet Revolution took place- where the Czechoslovak youth expelled the Communists from their lands, denouncing fear once and for all.  And that’s only the Czech Republic.  I also traveled to 6 other separate European countries during my time here strolling down the Chain Bridge in Budapest, riding bikes in Amsterdam, following the Mural of Princes in Dresden, munching on macaroons in Paris, meeting famous actress and politician Mrs. Vasaryova in Bratislava, and visiting Sukiennice, for my second time, in Krakow.  Being in Europe, seeing as much as I can, taking it all in, has just been a real pleasure.  Borders between countries are just man’s invention.  Yes, some are reasonable, political borders drawn along rivers and mountains, but others are just imaginary lines.  However, you see what you perceive as commonalities.  “We do that too.”  “That is NOT a pancake.”  Humanity ties us together no matter where you are.  People help, speak, wonder, and eat no matter where you are.  It’s humbling to see the world in its grandiosity and still feel connected to the world.

What have you learned from your experience that will impact your career endeavors?

I managed three internships this semester.  I know, sounds crazy, but there were too many things presented to take advantage of that I just couldn’t pass up.  Closely working with Wasserman, I learned how to organize an event for any occasion, including how to advertise an event and make material accessible for students.  Seriously, I learned that cookies work wonders on attendance.  In general, I acquired skills in working with people I never thought I’d have.

Furthermore, I also assisted in English teaching in a local elementary school. This was building on previous experience I already had, nonetheless it still allowed me to further understand people.  In childhood lies the rawest state of our being.  Children can teach us more than any seminar and so, even though I don’t wish to pursue education or another career path having to do with kids, I have greatly valued this experience that has allowed me to do something outside of my comfort zone while allowing me to cement this sentiment.

Another good bit of advice: Even though it’s optimal to figure out what you want, crossing stuff off this list isn’t such a bad thing either.  I also helped create a survey for the Bohemia Jazz Festival, a free music festival held in the Czech Republic annually.  Something that sounds so big not only took time in its creation, but it also took many edits and rewrites, tracking down the right people and being persistent.  Sometimes it is not only the skills and new techniques we obtain from an internship or job experience, but also small achievements along the way.

Individualized Hope

The most daunting aspect of a Gallatin degree is not so much in its construction, but explaining why you built it. Because, let’s be honest: no one has any idea what an Individualized Degree means in the real world, and you will be explaining it for the rest of your life, regardless of your career goals. When I was freshly pledged to the Gallatino community, explaining my concentration was a point of pride. As the years went on, it became a point of exhaustion. It got to a point where I began to shroud it sarcasm:

Shortly after being introduced to someone, they’d ask, “What’s your major?”

To which I slowly inhaled and exhaled a quick, “oh, well, I go to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. So, basically rainbows and unicorns!”

We would have a good laugh, and I assuaged the pressure of my peers’ inquisitive [and judgmental] minds on mine for another night.

I was selling myself short.

What most liberal arts majors do not realize is how fascinating it is to others when you tell the story of how you not only took a path less traveled, but in actuality, also fashioned a shiv out of your sharpened mind to forge your very own road in the midst of an intellectual jungle. Designing a personalized degree gives you a well-earned air of confidence that comes with the maturity and discipline to hone one’s creativity and independence as well as the ability to apply these skills to many fields and work with people who have come from different backgrounds and approaches to the workforce.

How does explaining this degree play out in the real world? While working in an office for fashion editorial stylist, the eponymous founder introduces herself to me and asked what I am studying at university. It was like the first day of classes all over again. However, this time I was not in the comfort of a classroom in Greenwich Village when needing to explain my concentration. Instead, I was alone with a fabulous, powerful woman in her office, in the middle of Chelsea, and she was sincerely interested in what I had to say. Not because I was another cookie-cutter intern that brought her and her assistants coffee at 7:30 in morning, but because she saw the potential in my individuality.

As a Gallatino, my interdisciplinary background helped to set me apart from other candidates and forged relationships with my superiors in the work force. As I mentioned, people are fascinated about new perspectives, especially people who have been in the game for quite some time. And chances are, they will be the people that interview you. The truly innovated, the people who take risks and decide their own fates, they are the people that welcome fresh faces with intriguing minds, not shun differences. And those are the people with whom I forged great connections.

Benjamin IJ Mintzer graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study January, 2013. Entitling his rationale, Aesthetics, Semiology and the Universal, Benjamin studied how the invention of meaning obfuscates the understanding of reality through an imagined privilege of Providence. He is currently pursuing a career in academia and the arts.


Photo: Courtesy of Three Headed Photography, 2013.

In case you missed it: Day in the Life Student Senators Council

Did you miss Malina tweet about her day as a member of the Student Senators Council? You can catch up with her day here and see what the Student Senators Council is all about! Click on the image below!

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

Career Week at Villa La Pietra

Studying abroad in Florence? Join NYU Wasserman Career Counselor, Desalina Allen, and your Peers in Careers next week for several career-related events! Stop by to learn more about NYU Wasserman, meet Desalina, pick up career resources and ask any questions you may have! Also, learn how to transition after you trip and how to tell your own global story!

It all begins next Monday, April 15th at 7:00 PM in the Villa Ulivi Cafeteria!

To learn more, click here!

Guest Blog: Sports Management

I spent my spring semester interning at Mylan World TeamTennis and I couldn’t have found a better match. This was an internship where I could actually work for an organization that shares my passion in tennis. And as the icing on top of a cake, I got to work with one of the 100 most influential and important American icons of the past century, Billie Jean King.

Getting to know about this internship was a breeze thanks to the Tisch Center Career Fair that was held at the Wasserman Center. However, securing the internship took a fair bit of effort. Writing the cover letter and polishing the resume are some of the key steps towards securing the internship and that had to be done by a certain date. And with my schedule as it is with varsity tennis and 17 credits this semester, that was a challenge. However, I feel that sometimes having a little pressure helps me to focus better on the things that are actually important and I got called up for an interview and was finally accepted as an intern for the spring of 2013.

What I felt benefited me the most was learning how a professional tennis league was organized and run. From player contracts to sorting out player rankings and their bios, even updating the seemingly endless Operations Manual was rather intimidating at first. However, I realized that if I want to start something on my own in the tennis industry, this is what needs to be done. It is all down to hard work and making sure that every detail, every possible scenario is looked into and planned for to ensure that the matches and events proceed smoothly. It was an eye-opener into the real world of how tennis events should be managed.


It isn’t all work and no play either. My supervisor was kind enough to get me a ticket to watch Tennis Night in America at Madison Square Garden, which featured the likes of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams playing exhibition matches. It was a great experience watching the pros up close and a real treat since I’ve never seen either Nadal or Serena live before, and not to mention the seats that we got were amazing. I was literally almost courtside. As an added bonus, Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, showed up right in front of me and I was probably too star-struck to do anything. It was an amazing night overall and I was glad to be part of it.


Finally, I’d just like to say that working at Mylan World TeamTennis has been a wonderful experience and it is also my first internship in New York City. It is hard work managing tennis, academics and an internship all in one semester but I feel like at the end of it, there is a sense of achievement and that feeling is irreplaceable.

Now hiring Interns for Summer 2013!

Film/Video Editor

Marketing and Communications

For more Team Summer Positions visit: http://www.WTT.com/Internships

Spring Break: 10 Ways to Get Ahead

  1. Clean up your Facebook page: Employers check applicants’ Facebook page, so it is important to clean up your Facebook page and set your privacy settings if you have any photos, posts, statuses, or comments you wouldn’t want employers to see. Your Facebook page is one way to market yourself. How do you want people to see you? Keep that question in mind as you clean up your page.
  2. Update your resume and cover letter: Too busy with class work during the semester to work on anything else? Spring Break is a great time to update your resume and cover letters.  You can get some of your friends or family to give you feedback. Sometimes another pair of eyes to check over your work may help you realize what you’re missing. You have plenty of time to finally sit down, open up your resume or cover letter and fix your format or add new experiences. If you need some help, the Wasserman website has several examples of resumes and cover letters!
  3. Go to the Wasserman Center: Didn’t know the Wasserman center was open over Spring Break? It is! With many students out of the city, there will be less of a crowd seeking to meet one of the career counselors. For those of you staying in the city, take a trip down to the Wasserman center and ask any questions you have about resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search and anything else related to career development.
  4. Get started on your job search: With more time on your hands, get started on your job search early by researching companies you might be interested and get in touch with their culture, what they do, and how you might fit in. Take a look at possible career paths!
  5. Create a LinkedIn account: LinkedIn is a way to professionally market yourself and it’s a great way to network with others virtually. Many employers search for their applicants online and your LinkedIn profile will be on the top of their search.
  6. Practice Interviewing on InterviewStream or BigInterview: Wasserman provides you with many resources to improve your interviewing skills. With InterviewStream and BigInterview, you can practice interviewing and then see how well it went. With your roommate finally out of the room, you can turn on that camera and improve your interviewing skills. Come back from Spring Break being better at interviewing!
  7. Practice Interviewing with your family/friends: Here’s another way to improving your interviewing skills. Sometimes it feels more like the real interview when you practice with a person in front of you. During Spring Break, you have the chance to ask your family and friends you haven’t seen in a while to interview you. Ask for feedback; it is always great what suggestions and advice others have you.
  8. Sign up for the Wasserman Mentor Program: Take a look at the Wasserman Mentor Network. The program helps students explore careers by linking them to alumni and others. The mentors come from a variety of fields and are willing to share their expertise in that field with you.
  9. Reconnect with previous employers: Sometimes with all that is going on, it is hard not to forget to communicate and reconnect with previous employers. Spring Break is a great time to e-mail your previous employers and stay connected.
  10. Plan ahead and check out future Wasserman events: Get ahead and check out what Wasserman events are in line when you get back from the break. See what events fit your schedule or what best meet your needs, RSVP and write down the date and time!

These are just a few ways to help you get ahead during your Spring Break.

Join us Friday March 22nd at 12 PM on the third floor of Palladium for LinkedIn, Networking + Job Search 101 – hosted by LinkedIn!

Join LinkedIn experts for an exciting inside look into their amazing resources. Use spring break to revitalize your job search and networking skills, and your knowledge of the LinkedIn platform!

Bring your laptops and learn about:

What is LinkedIn?
Networking 101
Build Your Professional Brand
How Can LinkedIn Help You?
Start Your Career on the Right Foot
Searching for Jobs

To RSVP, click here!

Have a fun and productive Spring Break!

NYU Entrepreneurs Festival

How often are you inspired, pushed to your limits, and feel included in a supportive community bigger than yourself (simultaneously) for 48 hours?

Last weekend, Alex Meis attended the 2nd Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival (NYUEF).

For two full days, he celebrated entrepreneurship with the leaders in this field. He was joined by 750 NYU students, entrepreneurs, friends, strangers, venture capitalists, and more.

To read about this inspiring event, click here.

A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus

At A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus, a panel of NYU graduate students from the Graduate Student Leadership Board spoke with a group of prospective and current graduate students. The panelists from SCPS, Gallatin and GSAS provided insight into both the process of applying to graduate school, as well as how to best utilize the resources as a graduate student at NYU.

Here are the main suggestions discussed at the event.

If you’re currently considering applying to graduate school:

Evaluate your long-term goals.

Since a graduate degree is a specialization, it is important to evaluate your long-term goals and how the degree would fit into them. Research the industries you are interested in to see whether jobs require graduate degrees and whether most professionals in that area attend graduate school right after an undergraduate program or, instead, work for several years first.

If you’re considering a gap year before attending graduate school, consider how you can make the best of the year off and how you will sell the benefits you gained from that year in the future.

Understand the requirements of the program, including for the GRE.

Although some programs do not require a standardized test score, if the program you are considering does require it, consider registering for a prep course to help prepare you for the test. Additionally, research whether the graduate program you are interested in weighs one section of the GRE more heavily than others. This will help you focus your studying on the section of the test most important for the admissions decision.

Research professionals in industries you are interested in.

LinkedIn and NYU Wasserman’s Mentor Network provide great opportunities to connect with professionals to learn about the path they took to get to their career today. Use these resources to see what steps you can take to get to your ideal career, including which graduate program and courses would be the most valuable.

If you’re currently studying in a graduate program at NYU:

Take advantage of New York City by volunteering or interning.

An internship or volunteer opportunity can provide invaluable experience that can help you in the classroom, such as by allowing you to bring insights from work into class discussions and assignments, and for obtaining full-time positions. Internship or job opportunities can be found on NYU CareerNet while volunteer opportunities can be found on NYUServiceConnect.

If available in your program, consider studying abroad at one of NYU’s global sites.

Studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to live and study in another country. Additionally, studying internationally can give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs.

Understand how to market your degree.

Prepare your “elevator pitch” so that you know how to effectively market the skills you have learned in your graduate program. Networking is an important aspect of the job process, so understand how you want to sell what you have learned in graduate school.

If you missed this event, part two of A Gathering of Graduates is coming up on Friday, April 5th from 2-3PM. This event will feature a panel of doctoral students who will share their experiences and answer any questions you have about pursuing a doctorate degree. Be sure to RSVP for the event on NYU CareerNet!

Spotlight on Student Nurse Externs

NYU College of Nursing Seniors Kimberly Mendez , Cindy Rivera and Rena Senisi share their student nurse externship experiences. Read their testimonials below:

Kimberly Mendez:

My summer externship experience was at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. The greatest benefits that I found with this externship program was that I was able to spend a lot more time in the hospital, and consequently get more exposure to patients as well as practice various nursing skills. I was paired with great preceptors who served as both teachers and mentors and who helped build my confidence as a nursing student. I was also able to view the dynamics of the hospital—something that I was not very familiar with before—and how interdisciplinary teams within it work together to try and deliver optimal patient care. From working 12 hour shifts, to floating on different floors and observing surgeries performed in the operating room, it felt almost as if I was a nurse already.

As rewarding as an externship is, the steps to getting there can seem a little intimidating. I mean, the interview is enough to make one really nervous! But do not fret, sometimes being nervous is what drives us to handle our time efficiently in order to give all the paperwork in on time ect.

The key is preparation. If you are looking to apply for an externship, make sure you find out about all the requirements needed. Polish your resume ahead of time and give your clinical instructors enough time to write your letters of recommendation. If you are struggling with cover letters or your resume like I did, use the resources available to you and go to the Wasserman Center and ask for assistance.

Again, the key is time management and preparation. Doing this in a timely manner will save you from experiencing too much stress. Do your research ahead of time and read about the many externship programs that are out there and apply to as many of the ones that you think will benefit you and that meet your interests. If you have questions that the website does not provide, call the nursing department and ask. Practice interview questions and provide answers that are unique and meaningful—do not give the nurse recruiter answers that you think they want to hear because chances are that they have heard those answers many times before. Have questions for them and simply be you!

This all may seem like hard work, but when you are enrolled in the program and are learning and being exposed to so many new things, you will see that it was all worth it in the end. Goodluck!

Cindy Rivera:

I got the opportunity to work as a nurse extern at Pathways to Housing through a program at NYU called The Urban Health Program. I received an e-mail, sent by The College of Nursing, with information about the externship. I emailed my resume and cover letter to Dr. Eaton, the program coordinator and within two weeks I received my acceptance letter. I then filled out an application with Pathways to Housing and attended a one day orientation. Pathways to Housing works with the mentally ill population who are homeless and in need of medical services as well as housing. As a nurse extern, I shadowed the RN and made home visits with her. Every home visit we would take vital signs and educated clients. Most of the home visits made consisted of education about medications and home safety. I loved interacting with the clients and learning about their life and diagnosis.

Tips: I recommend students to go to the Wasserman center to have them look over your resume and cover letters.

Participate and make the most out of your externship.

Rena Senisi:

During winter intercession, I participated in an externship offered by NYUCN at Saratoga Hospital. It was an amazing experience. I gave my first subcutaneous injection with my preceptor, practiced on my body mechanics and techniques for moving patients, and I was able to experience what happens during a Joint commission visit.

I stayed in the snowy town of Saratoga for two weeks. In that time, I had five 12 hour shifts and 1 surgical rotation. It was really beneficial to experience what a 12 hour shift feels like since in nursing school we have 8 hour shift days.

The mornings usually went by faster than the afternoons which consisted of a lot of charting. The downtime in the afternoon was a perfect time for my preceptor to teach me how the charting system works in Saratoga. I got to put in my patient assessments in their electronic charting system which I also never got a chance to do in clinical.

Although, I was content with getting all this extra hands on experience, it was the environment of the hospital that really struck me. A great majority of the staff members got along really well with each other and had each other’s backs. If a nurse was busy in a patient’s room and another patient needed help, the nurse unassigned to the patient was more than glad to help her fellow busy team member.  I do not really see this in New York city hospitals. Nurses that I have seen are either too busy or do not want to help their fellow team members. Also, the RN’s and nurse aides get along really well. Some RN’s feel it is only the nurse aides who should be doing the “dirty work” (helping patients to the bathroom, cleaning bedpans, etc.) and do not help their assigned nurse aid when they have some downtime and the nurse aid is busy.

Saratoga Hospital exemplifies what teamwork in hospitals should look like. The RN’s and MD’s have great communication and collaboration with each other as well. My favorite part of this externship was the overall atmosphere of Saratoga Hospital. The hospital had great support for their staff members, delivered high quality care, and was very receptive to students. This experience has allowed me to realize that these are the qualities I will be looking for in jobs as a future RN.

Don’t Forget: Health & Non-Profit Expo

Monday March 11th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, The Wasserman Center

Meet and network with employers in your industry, gain career advice from professionals, and learn about full-time and internship opportunities. Bring copies of your resume, practice your pitch, and dress professionally!

To view the list of participating employers on NYU CareerNet, click here.