I was just hired and was wondering if you have any advice on what I should expect on my first day? How should I prepare?
Your first day is usually full of information. You'll learn a lot about the organization, the department in which you'll be working, and about your team. I would be sure to bring a notebook. You will likely…View all answers »
Does participation and/or leadership in clubs and organizations have any impact on an employer when reviewing applications and resumes? If so, how much? Is it as important as major, GPA, internship experience, work, etc.?
I would say that internships would carry the most weight; showing that you've had hands on experience within the field. GPA is also important, but not a huge determining factor. I think it is always a “plus’…View all answers »
I am currently a senior in college and deciding between starting an entry-level job in my career path with the hope that I may be able to climb the so-called "career ladder" of this company or going to graduate school with the hope that I may be able to skip to a higher position after graduation. What advice do you have for someone in this position? How important is graduate school when considering the advancement opportunities of a career?
This is a great question. Many people decide to attend grad school before going into a career. I personally have seen it be more beneficial in our industry to work for a couple of years and then go back to…View all answers »
Advisors preach that internships are extremely vital. What would be the best way of starting an internship when you already have a part-time job and other commitments?
I would agree that internships are extremely important when it comes to your career. While it is difficult to juggle school, a part time job, and an internship, it is possible. One thing you could consider…View all answers »
I recently graduated and got my first job, where I'm working for the most part with people older than me. Do you have any advice on connecting and working with my coworkers who are 20-30 years older than me?
There are a few things that you can do in order to connect with people from various generations in the workplace. The first thing to do is work hard; show those around you that you are passionate about your…View all answers »
How are employers able to test interpersonal skills in an interview?
I completely agree with Ashley from Cinga. In order to test these skills we ask behavioral based questions, as well. We ask about conflict resolution and how you work within teams. Based on the…
What are some things that employers hate to see interviewees do during an interview?
There are a couple of things that really stand out to recruiters when conducting interviews. A few things to avoid would be looking at or being on your cell phone, chewing gum, not making eye contact,…
I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?
I am wondering if this has something to do with your resume. Have you ever gone to a resume building workshop? That may be a good idea- someone should be able to assist you with creating a strong…View all answers »
What is more important in a professional setting, your overall experience in the setting or your documented credentials like a degree or certification?
I think this very much depends on the type of organization you're going into. Here, we highly value expereince within the field rather than the credentials of a degree or certification. While…
I am an undergraduate mechanical engineering student and currently considering whether I should pursue a higher degree upon graduation or enter the workforce. What are the benefits of obtaining a masters of engineering?
Hello! This is a great question. I always recommend waiting when it comes to higher education. I think that getting hands on, practical experience within the field is best. Doing this helps you to understand…View all answers »
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