What is the office of career services? Here at Georgia Southern University there is a department that is dedicated to students and their upcoming career search. Their mission is to, “guide members of the Georgia Southern University community in establishing their career objectives through comprehensive programs, which provide opportunities for individuals to learn strategies useful in reaching their career goals.” Their objective is to, “assist students with choosing their major and career interests, gaining relevant work experience, as well as providing guidance in their full-time professional job search, through three distinct areas: Career Exploration and Education, Experiential Education, and Professional Employment.” For more information on the Office of Career Service check out their website.

Last week, career services hosted a student worker appreciation week. As a student worker I was able to benefit from the different programs through out the week. They hosted a resume and cover letter workshop and an interviewing skills discussion. I attended the interviewing skills discussion, which was hosted by Stephanie Saunders, the career advisor. The discussion took place on Thursday, April 15th, in the Union. The information was presented in a PowerPoint along with some helpful tips on handouts. Here are a few things that were discussed:

  • Have your resume reviewed and critiqued
  • The components of a resume
  • Prepare for the interview by researching the company
  • Know your strengths and special skills
  • Behavior based and informational interviews
  • Making a good first impression
  • The importance of a firm handshake
  • Appropriate attire
  • Most common question
  • Questions that should not be asked
  • Thank you’s go a long way

Attending this discussion taught me a lot I did not know about interviewing and the different opportunities that career services offers. Here are a few things that I learned:

  • Career services offer a mock interview. They gather information about the interview you are “practicing” for and they act as the interviewer. There is an option of videotaping the interview. This is helpful because it can prepare you for your interview and uncover some bad habits, such as using your hands too much when you are talking. These mock interviews need to be scheduled three to four days in advanced and they are open over the summer. Monday through Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
  • When researching the company there are sites available to assist. Company website, Hoovers On-line, Reference USA, and Internet searches. Researching whom the interviewer is and their title shows interest and that you are prepared. Also, researching the company’s credit score gives information on how the business is succeeding.
  • You have thirty seconds to impress an employer with a resume. So it is important to S.O.A.R. (Stand Out Among the Rest).
  • 91% of executives listen to their assistant’s opinion of a potential employee. The interview begins when you walk into the door.
  • The most common question that is asked during an interview is “tell me about yourself.” This question seems simple but can be hard. It is important to remember to keep your answer professional and focused on your strengths as a potential employee. Your response should reflect positively to the position that they are hiring for.
  • There are questions that the interviewer should not ask. Anything regarding your personal life should not be asked. The interviewer should avoid asking questions pertaining to marital status, children, family, age, and other similar questions. If these types of questions are being asked you should ask the interviewer what the questions have to do with the skills they are looking for.

This career service event taught me many things about interviewing and about the office itself. Hopefully, this post has taught you a few things and will help you ace the interview and land the job you want. If you are a student at Georgia Southern University I encourage you to check out the office and take advantage of the services they have to offer. The office is located on the first floor of the Williams Center in room 1047. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am-5:00pm.

Phone: (912) 478-5197

Email: careersv@georgiasouthern.edu

Email Stephanie Saunders (Career Advisor) directly: ssaunders@georgiasouthern.edu

Thank you to Stephanie Saunders and the Office of Career Services!