Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Category: Interviewing Prep

10 Things to Know Before a Career Fair

1. Dress the Part

Business professional people! Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Depending on the industry, dress to standards. Do some research about your industry online, ask the career center, or even a professor for advice. Everyone, wear a fresh face and a smile! 

2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch 

Preparing a 30 second speech about who you are will be great material to get any conversation started, or just to keep one going. Great tidbits of information to include are your class, major/concentration/minor, future career interests, past experiences and maybe even hometown. 

3. Perfect your Resume 

Do you know how long most recruiters take to review an individual resume? On average, they take six seconds. Six seconds to make a lasting impression is difficult! Be sure to polish off your resume by coming into the Career and Professional Development office and speaking with one of our ProReps, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor at www.Gonzaga.JoinHandshake.com. 

4. Research Organizations 

Handshake lists of all the organizations who will be present at the career fair. Peruse it and compile a short list of organizations you are interested in and research them. It will show during your conversations with recruiters if you’ve looked into their current endeavors or organization values. 

5. Know your values 

Going along with #4, know what qualities and values you look for within an organization– and then ask about them! Yes, the career fair is about showing organizations why they want you, but it is also about organizations showing you why you want them! Let the organizations connect with you above and beyond your impressive resume.

6. Update your LinkedIn

Make sure your profile is up to date when researching organizations. You want to ensure your perfected resume and experiences are displayed appropriately on the professional social media platform. After the career fair, connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn is a great way to solidify a relationship and to give a face to the resume you just handed them. Therefore, updating your LinkedIn ahead of time will allow you to simply go in and start connecting right after the career fair while recruiters and conversations are fresh in your mind. If you have not created a LinkedIn, now is your chance—come into Crosby and speak with one of the ProReps any weekday between 1pm and 4pm! 

7. Print Business Cards 

In addition to resumes, business cards are an amazing way to have organizations contact you after a career fair. Get 100 for $5 through the Career and Professional Development office at www.commerce.cashnet.com/GUCPD. Cards take one week to process, so order today! 

8. Prepare Questions 

Have some questions in your back pocket to keep conversations flowing nicely. Some great ones include, “What does the day to day of [said position]?”, or “What is your favorite and least favorite part of working for [said organization]?” 

9. Stay Organized 

When speaking with recruiters, they will hand you flyers and business cards. You also may want to take notes. Make sure you won’t be fumbling with all these materials and bring a portfolio! Typically, portfolios have a notebook area for you to take notes and a folder insert for your resume and any handouts from recruiters. Portfolios look official, sleek, and are super handy! Grab one from the Zag Shop in a pinch. 

10. Be Confident! 

All in all, you are a Zag. Zags are intelligent, professional, and completely employable. The organizations at the career fair know the value of our education and you as an individual. So, walk in with your head high and show the recruiters what Zags are made of! You got this

Step Up Event on February 24th

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Professional Networking Event

  • Practice networking with Gonzaga Alumni and employers
  • 35+ employers attending to meet YOU prior to the Career Fair!
  • Q & A panel featuring notable alumni
  • Hear advice on finding a job or internship
  • Practice your elevator pitch to prepare yourself for Partnership Career Fair on the 25th

February 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Jundt Art Museum | Gonzaga University

FREE FOOD

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Info Session: IT jobs, internships in Kent

IT Jobs & Internships

Kent, WA

Kent School District will be on-campus to promote school district IT jobs and internships

To view the openings, go to http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/Page/4330

Representatives will be on-campus to provide information!

Tuesday, March 18  from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Crosby Student Center, Road to Bali, Rio and Utopia Conference Rooms

Please stop by and visit with a GU alum about these great opportunities!!

Need Career Services Help?

Attention GU Students!

Seeking resume or cover letter assistance? 

Need help locating a job or internship? 

Have questions about interviewing or want a mock interview? 

We can help in all these areas and more!

Schedule an appointment on ZagTrax.net today!

Use ZagTrax to Schedule Career Coaching Appointments

  1. Go to ZagTrax.net, choose “Student/Alumni” for user type
  2. Use your Gonzaga user name and password to login
  3. Scroll down, see lower right side of page, click on “Request an Appointment”

ZagTrax.net screenshot for reference:

Putting the “I” in Introduce

WetFeet knows the logistics of landing your dream job. A recent post on the website will help you obtain it.

The first question about yourself is tricky.Palms sweat and words ramble, but this appraoch is sure to help in interviews, networking, and coffee dates.

Just remember, “So tell me about yourself” really means “So, tell me why I might be helping you get a job today.” It starts a conversation that takes combining preparation with presentation.

Where to start? Keep this suggestoins in mind:

  • Before you meet or talk or Skype, reflect on your tangible skills (technical, not personal), challenges you overcame, and the specific reasons why you will be a great job candidate, employee, or contact.
  • Next, answer these WetFeet questions in a notebook
  • Which of your previous jobs, even if they were part-time or volunteer positions, provided you with experience relevant to what you hope to do now? If none, what about internships or academic experiences? What about courses you may have taken that gave you an understanding of the industry you’re pursuing?
  • What are your strongest skills?
  • List specific examples of projects that you worked on where you solved an important problem. You can use those to show that you are a great troubleshooter and can think under pressure.
  • What can you say about yourself that will set you apart from other young people or entry-level job candidates? In other words, what makes you memorable and special?”
  • Next, remember the 3×3, three stakes in your answer that establishe your focus and articulation, and three ways to practice saying them.
  • Say: Tell them who you are with one remarkable statement about yourself that urges the listener to want to know more (I am…

Examples from WetFeet

  • A magna cum laude graduate of ____________with a B.A. in ___________ .
  • A recent grad and recipient of the ________ award in __________ .
  • An accomplished musician who managed a band and put myself through college.
  • An extreme sports enthusiast who jumps out of airplanes and learned to fly them.
  • A strong researcher who made significant contributions to ___________ .
  • A championship athlete and captain of my soccer team.

 

  • Say: Tell them what you’re good at. Refer to your skills and how they benefited jobs, internships, study abroad, school or volunteering.
  • Say: Provide a call to action. Express clearly what you know you want and that you will do a great job.

Examples from WetFeet

  • “My principal career goal right now is ____________ and I’m excited to learn how your company’s leadership position in the industry might open up opportunities for me.”
  • “I believe very strongly in your company’s mission. I’d love to explore with you how my success in this position could make a contribution to that mission.”

PRACTICE ALL the above by being CLEAR, CREATIVE, and CONCSISE.

3 Ways to make this work

  • Do: Tape yourself, get to know your voice! And avoid ums, likes, uhs, all the fillers.
  • Do: Test it out in front of friendly ears (friends, family, coworkers)
  • Do: Create a cheat sheet on the back of a business card or index card that’s in your wallet always!

Always smile and be yourself!

Blog referenced Lindsay Pollack’s article on WetFeet.

Oddball Interview Questions – Be Prepared for Anything.

 Want To Work For An Innovative Company? Be Prepared To Answer These Unusual Interview Questions

By Christina Chaey January 11, 2013 for FAST FEED

 

“If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?” and more oddball questions you might be asked on your next job interview.

 

The next time you step into a job interview, don’t just go in armed with mental bullet points depicting your strengths and weaknesses, or a winding story about your ability to persevere during times of crisis. Employers at some of the most coveted companies have other questions in mind, according to a new Glassdoor list of the top 25 oddball interview questions for 2013:

“How many cows are in Canada?” — Google

“Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” — Amazon

“If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” — Trader Joe’s

“How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” — JetBlue

See the full list here.

And for more on acing your next interview:

CONNECT EVENT “Careers in Technology” Tues 11/27

Hey Zags! Don’t Miss This GREAT Opportunity to CONNECT with Employers!

Come Hear Industry Advice for Acquiring a TECH Job or Internship!


Tuesday, November 27th

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Foley Library Teleconference Room

 

Speed Mocks Wednesday, Game On

Zags, why attend Speed Mock Interviews? Better yet, why miss the chance to show employers your fantastic skills and abilities, as a trial run, to get all the jitters out?

 

Practice makes perfect – we hear it growing up playing instruments and practicing sports. It’s all about muscle memory. But your brain has muscle memory, too.

 

A study by the Society of Human Resources Management reported that qualifications were less influential when it came to hiring an applicant than interview performance and professionalism.

 

Turn-on those communication skills. They’ll pay off in the long run.

 

Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. writes on Quintessential Careers that “[j]ust one mock interview will result in a marked improvement in your interviewing skills,” says College Grad Job Hunter author Brian Krueger, who recommends going through two such interviews (and, of course, the more you do, the more skilled you will become). For the inexperienced interviewee, mock interviews provide an excellent picture of what to expect.”

 

Think of the STAR (Situation + Task + Action + Result) Method to answer questions. Employers and mock interviewers will be impressed with the thought and depth articulated in the message.

 

The more you articulate a speech or practice an interview, the more successful you will engage your audiences and more likely impress an employer. You learn how to answer difficult with poise and confidence (no ums, buts, whatsoever).

 

Bring up-to-date resumes for these one-on-one opportunities to practice your game plan from Employers and Career Specialists who are there to help and guide your interview skills.

 

Remember, smile, firm handshakes, and eye contact. These actions will make a great first impression. The rest is easy. The ball’s in your court.

Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP hosts Speed Mock Interviews Wednesday, Oct. 3 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cataldo Globe Room.

RSVP on ZagTrax.net.

Read Quintessential Career’s Tips on interview preparation

Resumania this Thursday 5/3 (last one of the year!)

Post Grad Service Panel – FREE PIZZA 12:10 Thur 3/1

Attention Gonzaga students interested in Service Work after graduation:  Come learn information about various opportunities from a panel of service organization volunteers!  Hear stories, ask questions, and enjoy FREE PIZZA!! AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, JVC, and ACE will all be here to answer your questions!

Date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Time:  12:10 to 1 p.m.

Location:  COLLEGE HALL, ROOM 101