Week Seven - August 10-14
DUE August 11: Assignment 6
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August 19 is the last day to request NC (no credit) or I (Incomplete) grades for their classes. There is paperwork for these requests in the IT Programs office.
ALERT: Due to the IT Programs move to newly remodeled spaces over the break, there will be no access to computer labs during the break.
FINAL: Due Thursday, August 20
Have your finalized portfolio, with resume, online profile, and other crosslinks in place by the Final Exam day, 8/20 4pm. 150 points.
Thursday, August 13
- Articles discussion
- Interviewing discussion
Tuesday, August 11
- Guest Speaker - Dan Williams, SmartDept
- Bring a copy of your resume to class on Thursday and next Tuesday.
- Bring 4-5 standard interview questions
- Bring 2-3 wacky interview questions you read about
This Week's Discussions
- They interview you for skills, personality, fit
- You interview them for environment, interest, compensation
- All interviews different
- Many interviews leave things unresolved
- Some interesting points
- Informational interview - you lead the interview
- Recruiter phone - to clarify your resume, skillset, and availability
- Recruiter in-person - To meet you, see your work, share agency, benefit and compensation info
- HR phone -To ask questions to see if you match hiring manager's job description
- Hiring manager phone - to tell you about the job, ask herd-thinning questions, sometimes ask for specific info
- Hiring manager in-person - To see you, ask more detailed questions in person, maybe have you fill out application and provide info. Can be initial or offer interview.
- Hiring manager + team in-person - To let the team meet and grill you, Also known as interview by committee
- Griller/demonstrate in-person - can be solo or team meeting, where you are asked to demonstrate skills - whiteboard, computer, discussion of an issue, etc.
When to ask what?
- What does job detail entail - when you are given overview
- What is the pay - this varies. Sometimes first interview too early for interviewer, who prefers to make an offer.
- What are the benefits - see above
Those interview questions
Interviewing to dos
- Have a paper resume and references, plus your ID, SS Card, and/or equivalent ID if needed
- Be tidy, appropriate to environment, and respectful
- Have eaten and be hydrated.
- Listen carefully to question and answer what they ask (within reason). Pause and think, and be accurate
- Let your personality show
- Be prepared about company and job description
- Focus on your ability to be a benefit and a problem solver
- Ask questions about the work, team, and accomplishments
Interviewing faux pax
- Don't be untidy, unprepared, grouchy, or hungry/thirsty
- Don't forget a paper resume and a backup plan for viewing your portfolio
- Don't interrupt, fidget, look bored, or look too wired
- Don't focus on benefits or salary. Wait till asked and consider your answer based on what you know.