Wrapping up business week on Wednesday, February 6, was the third and final professional development event, Ace the Interview: Panel and Practice, which aimed to prepare undergraduate students for the interview process in their desired industries and connect them with employers.
Students had the opportunity to hear from four panelists–one from Morgan Stanley, one from Cintas, and two from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and listen to their advice and recommendations.
The first part of the event focused on the panelists responding to various pre-moderated questions, the second part was an open Q&A session, and the final part consisted of four separate mock group interviews between students and a panelist.
The event was a wonderful chance for students to ask questions about what employers are really looking for in an applicant and during an interview, and to network with them afterwards.
In case you missed the event, here are some of the key tips that the panelists shared:
- Employers like seeing extracurriculars and job experience on a resume because that shows time management and the ability to multitask and be responsible for multiple things at the same time throughout the semester.
- There should never be any typos in a resume. Some employers can be real sticklers for that.
- Resumes should be no longer than one page for an undergraduate student. Additionally, no pictures or Instagram or Twitter handles should be included.
- Be sure to highlight how you interact with other people on your resume or in the interview. A key point is to show how you’ve been a part of a team in the past and how you worked to connect and collaborate with others.
- Make sure you fall within the graduation date or GPA range when applying to a job. Eligibility is crucial.
- During an interview, it’s important to include details when responding to a question. Employers like hearing stories that relate to what you have learned and how that has helped you grow.
- Cover letters should be about three paragraphs and should not reiterate what you have on your resume. It’s important to relate why you are passionate and interested in the job you are applying for.
- Be sure to speak and behave professionally because how you communicate is a key part of whether or not an employer wants to hire you. Employers are asking themselves, “Can I put this person in front of a client?” and “Can this personal write a professional email or speak in a professional manner to someone?”
As this wraps up business week, hopefully you all had a chance to stop by one of the events, and if not, hopefully the above tips give you a little more insight into what potential employers are looking for. Until next time!