I have been through several employment interviews and many times I have been asked to describe a time when there was conflict in my life and how I resolved it. I am always caught off-guard and never what I should speak of. What are employers looking for when asking this question? What is the best way to approach this question while giving an honest answer?
This is a common behaviour base question. I would never expect a successful person to go through their careers or lives without a conflict arising. It is not so much what the conflict…
I had an internship encourage me to take personality tests like True Colors and Myers-Briggs and I was wondering, do those results actually have any significance in the workplace? Like do employers use them to build well-balanced teams or are they something I should put on my resume.
Many companies do have interns and new hires complete such assessments for balance team building as well as individual awareness. It is always helpful to understand your personality and how…
How should I respond to someone who keeps pending a job offer. I interviewed and was told that they are interested and working on an offer. I was very excited. I waited a week before I followed up, and the recruiter told me they were still working on the offer. Its now to the point where this has gone on for over a month. Should I send an email questioning if the offer is still being made, or move on?
Hi, That is a tough one. While some times it does take a while for the approvals, a month seems a bit longer than normal to approve an offer. I would recommend you reach out to the recruiter and…View all answers »
What are some tips you would give to help someone prior to an interview?
The best advice is do your homework on the company that you are interviewing with. Learn as much as possible about their business, culture, as well as how your role will fit in to the organization. …
When employers are reviewing resumes for a new hire, is hands-on job experience or co-curricular activities valued more?
It really depends on what the hands-on-job experience was and how it relates to the job you are applying to. Holding a job while attending school or during the summer regardless of the…
What is more important obtaining outside experience and skills or obtaining the credentials that certify one is qualified for a job?
Outside experience is always extremely helpful in a career, however it is important to have all the qualifying certifications when looking at employment opportunities. Organizations will want to make sure you…View all answers »
Is volunteer experience important for a potential employee to have?
Yes! Volunteering, even just on a once in a while basis shows that you are a team player and are willing to give back to your community. It definitely shines a positive light on you as a potential employee.…View all answers »
How many "degrees of separation" is it appropriate to claim a connection, use someone as an employee reference, or ask for someone to hand in a resume in for you?
Great questions, but there is really no clear cut answer for any of them. Referencing a connection to establish a relationship is valuable, but make sure that they are aware that you will be referencing…
Is it more beneficial to intern twice with the same company, or to intern at multiple companies?
Thank you for the question. It honestly depends on your career goals and interests with the company. If you are looking for a long term career with that company than doing more than one internship can certainly…View all answers »
I am a senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. I was wondering when I should be looking for job postings for positions to be filled after I graduate in May of 2018? I was also wondering what job title I should be searching for if I am looking to eventually move up to Engineering Manager.
Good morning,Congratulations on your upcoming graduation in May. I would suggest starting your career search soon and begin with your career services office. There you will be able to find what companies will…View all answers »
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