With spring comes not only the hope for warmer weather but the end of an academic year, meaning either you already have a job (Congratulations!) or you’re still looking for that perfect fit. Interviewing for any job/internship can be a task. This article isn’t to add onto the stress of being prepared, but glances over a few points that might help make your lives easier before the big day.
For a plethora of help on Interviewing please refer to the career services treasure trove of resources which can be found here: Interviewing 101
The following points are suggestions and every interview is different and unique in its own way. Having said that I FIRMLY believe that if you have an interview, the employer is already certain you possess the basic skills for the job. RELAX!
Remember an interview isn’t an exam. Your school work, projects and life experiences have molded you into a unique and very capable individual. The company already likes your experiences on paper; show them who you are genuinely but also be prepared. I encourage you to use the universities resources (Interviewing 101+)
If you can spare the time, please read through these articles (1,2). They are very helpful:
P.S. This is how I personally prepare 30 minutes before an interview. I’ll have a 5 min conversation with my best friend who knows that all they have to do is tell me about all the positives of my life and my achievements. Next I take no other calls or messages (Airplane Mode). The last thing I do is listen to my favorite Happy Song (It’s “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede). I get to the interview 15 min before the designated time and watch people being nervous J.
As Penn Engineering Master’s students we gain engineering expertise and exposure to a lot of information in a short span of time. Our future career is just as important to us as our current course work, and I encourage each and every one of you to visit career services and get help for whatever stage you are at in your Career planning. Explore their website and feel free to visit them during walk-in-time.
The Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania is a very powerful tool for all students. Engineering Master’s students coming from all walks of life can benefit greatly from the resources and services provided by them. The office has so many resources that sometimes it gets a little difficult to navigate them all while you are here. Here is a glimpse at some of the information available. I hope this will help you:
Q. Do you want to know which companies have hired from your major at Penn in 2015, 2014 or 2013? (Graduate Career Plans Survey Reports, Pg. 9)
Q. Did you know in 2015 about 43% of Engineering Masters students received a Job offer between January and May? (Graduate Career Plans Survey Reports, Engineering Master’s, 2015, Pg.3)
Q. Penn Career Services provides information on average salaries by each major, if you are negotiating a job offer visit career services for expert advice. (Graduate Career Plans Survey Reports, 2015, Pg.5)
Q. Want to know which firms hired international students? Resources for specific populations and affinity groups are available here.
Q. Looking for Master’s Engineering summer internships? Take a look at where students in your major have worked before. (Graduate Career Plans Survey Reports, Engineering Master’s Summer Survey Reports, 2015, Pg.7)
Q. Did you know more than 80% of 1st year Master’s students who worked over summer in 2015 received their internship offers between February and May?
Q. Did you know Penn students have unlimited access to sites like Glassdoor, Vault Career Insider and lots more. These sites give you insights (interview help, company trends, salaries etc.) into specific company’s you might be interviewing with.
Q. Career Services subscribes to databases for H1B jobs in these 4 fields:
"CS-H1B" (Computer Science & IT, and Telecom)
"EDURES-H1B" (Occupations in Education and Research)
"ENGR-H1B" (Architecture, Engineering, and Surveying)
"LIFE & HEALTH-H1B" (Occupations in Life Sciences)
You can find the Login information for them here:
Q. There are multiple workshops for Job searches, learning networking, upcoming Career Fairs and much more. (I recommend adding the calendar to your calendar using the +Google Calendar button on the bottom)
Here is the calendar of events: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/events.php
Q. Connecting with alumni can be a powerful way to network and get advice from professionals who were once in the same position as you. Use QuakerNet, its available to all students using their PennKey.
If you would like would like to learn how to use QuakerNet check out the Penn Career Services Videos: https://vimeo.com/penncareerserv/videos/sort:date/format:detail