What is are some personal traits that interviewers are likely to favor? E.g. confidence, attitude, intelligence, etc.?
Interviewers look for a handful of traits that would fit well with the company and the team you would be working with. Some of the big ones are your goal setting ability and leadership…
Through my internship in college, I have felt myself getting more and more away from my declared major. How do I market myself to a future employer so that they look more towards my professional experience rather than my degree?
You are not alone! Many students are having the same experience and I recall friends of mine having the same experiences in college. Try to identify transferable skills. For example, organization and communication…View all answers »
I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?
I know you're in winter break now and I hope the networking is going well. Remember this. ALWAYS make time for networking! Other ways you should consider networking is by attending conferences connected to…View all answers »
How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?
For the job market, it doesn't hurt to start immediately even if you're a freshman. While you may not be looking for a job at that time, you can at least get an idea of what the expectations are by studying…View all answers »
In the workplace, what habits can be seen as cause for firing someone?
Any violation of policies or anything that disrupts productivity can be grounds for termination. Being consistently late for work comes to mind immediately because time is money to any organization and the…View all answers »
Does an applicant's undergraduate major/minor matter or only that they possess a bachelor's degree?
This really depends on the field. For professional fields such as medicine, science and law, the answer is YES. For a lot of other fields, it may not matter as much. For example, I have recruited project managers…View all answers »
Instead of focusing on educational/occupational background, what personal traits do employers look for in the "perfect candidate?"
Aaaaah, the "perfect candidate." Where is that person? LOL By "perfect candidate," I hope you mean the candidate who fits that employer's specific environment. ;-)
But here are people skills that…
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.
I am a big fan of personality tests! They do have significance in the workplace because of what they tell you about your identity and value. Employers build teams based on what they experience from team members,…View all answers »
I’m graduating in 2 weeks with a MS in Aerospace Engineering. My interests are with aerodynamics and advanced design, but there're limited listed openings in that area. I’ve applied to 12, sent a couple cold emails, and had one phone screen. If I don’t make progress, is it better to apply to more jobs outside of my direct interests, but that I qualify for, or get a part-time while I keep looking?
Congratulations on graduation! This is an exciting time for you. If you aren't making progress in your direct line of work I would suggest you first take a look at your resume and cover letter and make…View all answers »
When employers are reviewing resumes for a new hire, is hands-on job experience or co-curricular activities valued more?
Both hands-on job experience and co-curricular activities are valued. Hands-on job experience is valued slightly higher because it proves you can manage employment and are reliable in…