By Christina Davis
The Career Center and University Library collaborated to hold an event called “Where do You See Yourself 5 Years From Now?” on April 17.
During the event, four panelists with experience in hiring committees gave advice to students and answered questions about potential interviews.
The library held events during the entire week for National Library Week, and many different organizations utilized the Special Events room on the fourth floor as an area for seminars like this one.
The Career Center published a paper called, “The Spring Career Fair Chronicle,” which details tips to students starting on their careers. Inside is a calendar that lists the Career Center events happening this month and next, such as the Career Center Clothes Closet, where students can shop donated articles of clothing to wear during interviews.
Career Center Director Tom Munnerlyn was pleased with the turnout of 25 students in attendance.
“Of course, I always want more people to show up to these events, but I understand that it’s U-Hour,” said Munnerlyn. “There are so many other things going on. I think the students that did attend got a lot out of the event; there were some good questions and responses.”
Munnerlyn said that the event’s goals were to get students started on summer internships or jobs after graduation.
“It’s mainly to get them thinking about interview questions and how to get them answered by a panel of experts who have had experience being on those hiring committees,” said Munnerlyn.
The event began with the panelists introducing themselves and giving their best advice for tackling interview questions. The students then had time to ask about any specific concerns they had with interviews.
The panelists shared their thoughts on proper dress for interviews, what type of responses they look for and the research and preparation that should go into each interview, whether by phone or in person. They touched on their good experiences and their pet peeves when it comes to both phone and in-person interviews.
One topic talked about was how students sometimes do not have the work history needed for a position. Even students that do not have much job experience were encouraged by the panelists to share facets of their personality or past experiences that might help them win the job.
Lead Career Counselor Patricia Duran shared with students how important it is to show interviewers about their personality instead of just listing off strengths. Duran explained the importance of responses to more personal questions, such as what the last book a person read was.
“I got that question, and I remembered it was some junk book,” said Duran. “It wasn’t anything intellectual. I like answering those types of questions and those are the types of questions I like to ask in my interviews. I find it really helps me get to know people.”
Students in attendance were able to get some of their questions answered and learn tips that they otherwise had not thought about.
Third-year Psychology student Valerie Zamora heard about the event over the intercom during her free time in the library and decided to check it out.
“I was hoping to get some tips on the interviewing process,” said Zamora. “I couldn’t think of any questions to ask out loud, but the ones that other people asked really helped me. The most important thing I learned was that there is a lot of research and preparation that should go into each interview.”
The Career Center will continue to have events in the spring that will help students to prepare for their futures in the workplace.
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