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Welcome to COMM 202!

Comm 202 Tutorial 8

Our last tutorial #bittersweet

Name cards out

(no laptops) Welcome

Do start, stop and continue evaluations!!! 1

Agenda

Todays Agenda includes the following items

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1. Employment interviewWhen: Apr 4th, 5th and 7th

THE INTERVIEW: You will check-in with reception in Birmingham and your interviewer will come to waiting area to get you when they are ready.

The interview will last 20 minutes with 1-2 Commerce 202 team members and consist of behavioral questions.

Please bring your pen, resume, job posting, and cover letter in a pad folio

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Dress to IMPRESS &

Dress for SUCCESS

Reflection vs. transcriptNetworking goes beyond your career

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2. Interview q & A

Reflection vs. transcriptNetworking goes beyond your career

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question #1Tell me about yourself

Most common question that you will be asked during an interview

Can be asked in a different way

PRACTICE!

question #1Tell me about yourself

Keep it 2 minutes or lessBrand yourself give them something to remember you bySpeak to your skills and accomplishmentsShow passion Provide a well-rounded picture

Telling your story! THE GOAL: Tell them a story that no one else can replicate and impress them in the first 2 minutes

Telling your story! Introduction

Realization that this is the right career for you

Your formula and how it has helped lead you to this role

Where you see yourself

How this position ties into it all

Growing InterestThe SparkYour FutureThe BeginningWhy you are here

My formula?PassionAccountability Perseverance

High PressureLearning Problem SolvingAccounting & HR

Public Practice ExposureAnalytical CPA

Your story Grading Rubric: Tell Me About Yourself I would hire you on the spot (2 points)I would like to interview you again (1 point)I would not hire you (0 points)TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELFStudent provides a relevant, chronological story highlighting their beginning, spark, growing interest, goals and fit to the organization in a concise manner (2 minute max)The student provides a chronological story highlighting most but not all of the 5 aspects listed in the first column in a concise manner and/or answer was longer than 2 minutesStudent provided story that is neither concise (more than 2 minutes) nor chronological/logical

Your story ACTIVITY: Grab a partner and swap Tell me about yourself stories

2.5 minutes story telling; 1 minute feedbackGoal: Convey the elements of the story in a logical way and experiment with finding your formula

question #2What are your strengths?

A way for the interviewer to tell if you know yourself and that you know you have what it takes to do the job

Can also be asked in different ways!

There is no right answer just good answers and bad answers

Your strengths Grading Rubric: StrengthsI would hire you on the spot (2 points)I would like to interview you again (1 point)I would not hire you (0 points)STRENGTHSStudent is able to choose strengths relevant to the position, give a strong example with proof of execution and links the experience to the job opportunityStudent is able to choose strengths relevant to the position, gives a strong example of execution, but may lack a link to the positionStudents strength may be irrelevant to the position and/or lacks proof of execution or link to job opportunity

question #3What are your weaknesses?

A way for the interviewer to see if you are able to identify weaknesses and have a plan in place to improve them

Talk about weaknesses that would not impair you from doing the job you are applying for well

Your weaknessesGrading Rubric: WeaknessesI would hire you on the spot (2 points)I would like to interview you again (1 point)I would not hire you (0 points)WEAKNESSESStudent is able to choose a developmental area not key to the function of the position and share how they overcame the situation, the lesson learned and action plan moving forward, while demonstrating self reflection and resilienceStudent is able to choose a developmental area not key to the function of the position and share how they overcame the situation, however is not able to articulate the lesson learned or action plan moving forward and/or student choose clich answer ex. My greatest weakness is my greatest strengthStudent either chose a skill essential to the position or was not able to clearly convey the lesson and/or action plan moving forward; student was unable to provide a weakness

Your answers STARSITUATIONACTIONTASKRESULTWhat position and where were you?What was the challenge you faced?What did YOU do and how did you do it?What was the accomplishment and the impact?+ LINK back to job and why the story is relevant

Wild card question INDUSTRY/JOB SPECIFIC OR A SURPRISE!

A way for the interviewer to gauge your interest and knowledge of the position and industry

Test your ability to communicate clearly

Shows the interviewer how you think

TESTS BUSINESS ACUMEN: news, trends, etc.

Wild card questionGrading Rubric: STUMPER! I would hire you on the spot (2 points)I would like to interview you again (1 point)I would not hire you (0 points)CREATIVE/STUMPER QUESTIONSStudent aces every opportunity to differentiate themselves during the interview: e.g., they offer a credible, logically-organized, and concise answer for every question. If on the rare occasion, they dont know the answer, they then respond by asking clarifying questions and/or outlining the problem-solving approach they would use. Maintains composure.Student handles some opportunities to differentiate themselves during the interview: e.g., they offer credible and/or logically-organized and/or concise answers for many questions. They sometimes respond by asking clarifying questions and/or outlining the problem-solving approach they would useThey miss too many opportunities to differentiate themselves during interview: e.g., they offer widely varying answers in terms of credibility and/or logical organization and/or conciseness. If they dont know the answer, they often dont seem to know how to respond by asking clarifying questions and/or outlining a problem-solving approach

QUESTIONS I HAVE BEEN ASKEDFINANCEWHAT ARE THE THREE WAYS TO VALUE A COMPANY?PITCH ME A STOCKSO MANY CURVEBALLSACCOUNTINGWHY DO YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR CPA?WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR X FIRM?WALK ME THROUGH AN ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CYCLE? MANAGEMENT CONSULTINGHOW MANY WORDS ARE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES?WHAT ARE YOUR 5 WEAKNESSES? TELL ME ANOTHER AND ANOTHERCASESMARKETINGHOW WOULD YOU INCREASE SALES OF X PRODUCT BY X%?SELL ME THIS PENTLOGWHAT WOULD YOU DO TO INCREASE OUR PRODUCTIVITY?HOW MANY CHAIRS ARE IN SAUDER?HUMAN RESOURCESHOW SHOULD WE CHANGE OUR HIRING PROCESS?HOW WOULD YOU FIRE ME IF YOU HAD TO DO IT RIGHT NOW?RANDOM QUESTIONS OR SCENARIOSWOULD YOU RATHER GO SKY DIVING OR SCUBA DIVING AND WHY?HOW WOULD YOU DIVIDE A CAKE INTO 8 EQUAL PIECES WITH ONLY 3 KNIFE CUTS? [ROLE PLAYING A DECISION MAKING SITUATION]TELL ME ABOUT SOME NEWS YOU HAVE READ RECENTLY AND HOW IT RELATES TO THIS JOB?

Resource: Glassdoor 21

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONSAlways have at least 2 questions!

Avoid asking questions you could find the answer to on GoogleNever ask a question like, What do look for in candidates? probably should of asked this before the interviewDo not ask something that has already been addressed in the interviewAlways safe to get them talking about themselves maybe ask something directly related to their job/industry or some career advice.

Closing the interview

THANK themReiterate your INTERESTEnd with a HANDSHAKEAsk for their BUSINESS CARDAsk if you can CALL to follow-upUse their NAME

Follow up! Send an email or handwritten card Reference the interview something you want to emphasize or something unsaid that you want them to knowReiterate your interest in the positionThank them for the opportunity againReference an answer they gave you to one of your end of interview questionsIf you interviewed with multiple people make sure the follow-up is personalized to each person

exampleHi Leanna & Robert,

I would like to thank you both for the opportunity to meet with me today in regards to the co-op opportunity at PwC. It was a pleasure to hear about your experiences, including the fun office events and Secondment opportunities at PwC!

I am excited about this opportunity and I feel that my skills and experiences align closely with this role and the values held at PwC. I know that this position will provide both career and personal growth by allowing me to pursue my CPA designation.

Again, I appreciate the time that you took to interview me and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Have a great weekend!

Best,Sabrina

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PRACTICE YOUR ANSWERS

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3. Sabrina & Yuweis wisdom

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4. Action itemsInterview Stream due April 3rd at 11:59 pm (EST)

Employment Interviews April 4th, 5th and 7th

Informational Interview due April 14th at 11:59pm!

Next Week is LECTURE

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