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Asked by Kristen on October 18, 2017

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?

ADM have responded.

HI,
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…

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Asked by Catherine on October 16, 2017

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.

ADM have responded.

Hi,
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…

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Asked by Andrew on October 10, 2017

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?

ADM have responded.

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…

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Asked by Madison on October 2, 2017

What are some tips you would give to help someone prior to an interview?

ADM have responded.

Hi,
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. …

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Asked by Kaylie on September 13, 2017

When employers are reviewing resumes for a new hire, is hands-on job experience or co-curricular activities valued more?

ADM have responded.

Hi,
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…

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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

What is more important obtaining outside experience and skills or obtaining the credentials that certify one is qualified for a job?

ADM have responded.

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…

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Asked by KelliMae on September 10, 2017

Is volunteer experience important for a potential employee to have?

ADM have responded.

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.…

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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

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?

ADM have responded.

Hi,
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…

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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Is it more beneficial to intern twice with the same company, or to intern at multiple companies?

ADM have responded.

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…

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Asked by Taylor on August 13, 2017

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.

ADM have responded.

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…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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