Tagged: interviews Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Amanda Osborn 8:31 pm on November 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , interviews, opportunities   

    Sometimes Things Might Not Work Out How You’d Think They Would, But That’s Okay 

    Last summer when I was applying for fall internships I applied to a company that I would love to work for. Unfortunately, I was told that while they would love to hire me as an intern, my availability wouldn’t work for the rest of the office. While I was disappointed, it is better that the reason why you aren’t chosen is because of (un)availability rather than lack of experience or enthusiasm. It means that there’s hope to work with the company in the future because they still like you as a future employee.

    Fast forward to this fall, when I was applying for spring internships. I applied to be an intern at this company again, and things were looking promising until it turned out that again, my availability was incompatible with everyone else’s in the office. It might be discouraging that a second opportunity to work at the company didn’t work out because of the same reason as the first opportunity, but I chose to look at the silver lining: they still wanted to hire me. They kept me updated throughout the entire application process and made it clear that they chose another candidate because of scheduling reasons, not because of my credentials. I’m hopeful that I will have the opportunity to work for this company in the future; this experience has simply shown me that now is just not the time.

    However, just because it doesn’t work out with one company doesn’t mean that it won’t work out with them in the future, nor does it mean that it isn’t going to work out with every single company out there. There are always amazing opportunities out there; you just need to know where to find them. I was lucky that I had several amazing internship opportunities to apply for and chose from when it came to selecting an internship in the spring (I’m currently in process of confirming my spring internship position). Have a little faith, and things will always work out in the end!

  • Amanda Osborn 11:45 pm on November 9, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: first impression, interviews,   

    The Key to Making a Good Impression at the Interview 

    The general job search equation goes as follows: resume gets the interview, interview gets the job. By that logic, getting an interview means you’re already halfway to the job. That means the pressure is definitely on to make a good impression on the employer as the best candidate for the position. Employers generally look at a resume for a maximum of 30 seconds, but an interview lasts much longer than that. If an employer is investing time in his or her busy day to meet with you, then it is all the more crucial to make a good, memorable impression.

    All the typical interview do’s and don’ts fall squarely into the common sense category. Dress to impress, arrive early, answer all questions truthfully, etc. These are all crucial tips to make a good impression. But the trick between making a good impression and a lasting good impression comes at the end of the interview, when an employer generally asks, “Do you have any questions?”

    The wrong answer to this question would be “No, I have no questions.”

    Asking a good question (so, nothing like “How many days off can I ask for until I get fired?” or “Do I really have to dress professionally every day I come into the office?”) shows that you have done your research about the organization and have a vested interest in both the organization and the position you are interviewing for. Even something simple like “What does a typical day in the office look like?” goes a long way to show the employer that you truly are interested in working for the organization.

    Remember, these kinds of questions not only help make a good, lasting impression on the employer but it also gives you insight into both the position you are interviewing and the organization. The interview is not only a chance for the employer to get to know you better but also for you to know the employer and organization better, so take advantage of the opportunity with a well-thought out question or two!

    • Julia Beyer 10:00 pm on November 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I completely agree, Amanda. It’s a two-way evaluation process and if you don’t ask questions at the end of the interview, you miss out on determining whether the opportunity is a good fit for you.

  • Danielle Wilsey 7:18 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , final paper, , , interviews, , real work,   

    Where Coursework and Real Work Intersect 

    So this semester, I am enrolled in a Non-Profit Management class at American. So far, it has covered the basics of creating the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, fundraising, the board and many, many other things! Although the topics change from week to week, there is one long-term project that our professor has us working on which will turn into a final paper: an organizational analysis of a successful non-profit organization. Lucky for me, I just so happen to work at one!!

    (More …)

    • miranda78 6:12 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great you are able to find connections between your career and class work. I find it really motivates you then to see the value of both educational experiences.

  • Lauren Gentile 6:45 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , interviews, , , youtube   

    Video: an Essential Skill to the Communications World 

    For the past few weeks at The Hatcher Group, I have been working on a video series for one of our clients, Gerald Winegrad who is a former Maryland State Senator and an activist for saving the Chesapeake Bay. He teamed up with numerous Bay advocates to develop a 25-step plan to save the bay that are on our website.

    We had Gerald into our office a few weeks ago and video taped him answering questions about the Bay. I have been editing and creating separate videos from the shoot to put on our website. I also created a YouTube Channel where you can view all of the videos. I will also be creating a Vimeo Channel in the next few weeks.

    (More …)

    • mccannjl 2:52 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And you did an awesome job, Lauren! 🙂

    • miranda78 5:56 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      your internship sounds so exciting, and it is great you are learning some valuable skills, too!

  • Emily Fleitz 9:20 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , good advice, interviews, parents, rejection, winter break   

    In the beginning… 

    There are a lot of great internships out there.  I’ve been checking out the other intern blogs this afternoon and am amazed by all the cool things everyone is up to!  Clearly, DC is the place to be for internships, but how do you actually go about getting one?  I’ll share my story:

    (More …)

    • Francine Blume 2:53 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a lot of good points, Emily! One can always apply for an internship! Our AU deadlines have to do with registration. A site has a deadline, but you can always reach out to them after that to do informational interviews, or apply for the next semester, or in case they didn’t fill the position. And just because you’re great at school, be humble enough to realize that the internship and job search processes require different skills and knowledge than you use for school. Help is ALWAYS a good thing!!

    • miranda78 9:16 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great that you did not give up on internships! I agree with your sentiment that internships are a great way to sort of “taste test” certain careers. I can’t wait to hear more about what you accomplish at your current internship.

compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help