rinkrat19 wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
IAFG wrote:Know your résumé. Have answers for what is on your résumé. I thought that was pretty basic, but if it isn't, let's pass it on down.
The fact that this has to be fleshed out explains a lot. Why the f*** would you put something down on your résumé, if you can't knowledgeably talk about it for a few minutes?
Yeah, are there really people who can't talk about a past job? I mean, there are obviously jobs on my resume I can talk MORE about, because I did them longer/it was more recent/I had more interesting responsibilities, but I can TALK about the old ones. Or are we talking like a personal interest that someone just put down to fill space and can't really talk about?
There's a difference between knowing what jobs are on your resume and knowing your resume. I had two or three interviews where I had interviewers ask me about a relatively minor bullet point on relatively minor jobs. They didn't go "Tell me about your time at XX." If I hadn't known that I specifically put that description for job at XX, I would have looked incredibly dumb. One reworded part of my volunteer service and asked me about it, and I'm 95% sure it was just to see if I could figure out what he was talking about.
Other advice: if you're targeting other markets and scheduling CBs, etc., keep in mind the time difference. I never got screwed by this, but came close a few times.
ORDER YOUR TRANSCRIPT AHEAD OF TIME AND PICK IT UP IMMEDIATELY.
Re: hustling during OCI: DO. THIS. I have an offer from a place I initially missed out on after bidding ended.
If you know you're not normally someone who is gregarious, etc., work on it. You don't have to be the most sociable person ever, but work on being open and personable. Or even just comfortable in a setting like OCI. I have a friend who is way over performing his numbers, and I think a huge part of it is that he's just a relatively likeable person.
Have an interests section. I have relatively mundane interests, but I am good at them and can talk about them. I'd say they came up, a lot of the times first, in...75% of interviews, including the ones on callbacks. ESPECIALLY if you have something that can be un-stereotypical for your sex/race/orientation/age/etc. My career adviser said the one first listed on my resume would spark a lot of interest, even though it wasn't anything particularly exciting or novel, because most people wouldn't automatically associate it with my sex.
Carry an extra pair of dress socks. A dry pair in the middle of a long interview day is a godsend.
Be prepared to discuss discrepancies on your transcript. I did better second semester and was asked about it. Didn't happen often (probably 2-3 times), but don't get caught off guard.
PRACTICE. INTERVIEWING. All I did was just sit down with a couple of friends a few days before and had them ask me questions about myself and my resume. Narrowed down my responses to a handful of basic things that enabled me to get across what I wanted to. This way, whether I was asked about A, B, or C, I could always funnel my answer back to Z. This is really, really, really important, ESPECIALLY if any of your top choices are one of your first interviews. I know it really doesn't matter if they're top choice or not, try your hardest, etc., etc., but you do NOT want to blow it with a firm you're really interested in because you're "warming up."
ETA: Read your resume out loud. Slowly. Several times. ESPECIALLY after you have finished your summer job, because then the verb tense changes. Do it again the next day, and then a week later.