Back in April, I was part of a hiring committee, and it was our job to hire a new career counselor. Here’s what I learned from my first time on the other side of the table.
- A messy resume is a dealbreaker. If you can, send it as a PDF to avoid wonky reformatting.
- Don’t say in 40 words what you can say in 10.
- Unorganized writing suggests an unorganized candidate.
- An interviewee who can tell a story will stand head and shoulders above the rest.
- If we can’t clearly tell from your resume where you got your experience, we will investigate. If we still can’t figure it out, we will think you’re hiding something.
- For the ladies – if you absolutely must personalize your interview outfit, pick fun and tasteful shoes. Shoes won’t distract during the interview the way bold jewelry might.
- Take a breath and relax!
- If we learn in the interview that you probably won’t be happy in the position – in terms of culture, fit, and work-life balance – we will do you a favor and let another employer hire you for a job you’d like better.
- Be on time!
- Always send a thank-you note! Don’t get caught up in the paper vs. email debate. It’s more important that you pick one and do it.
Amy Annette Henion is a senior communications major with minors in theatre and East Asian studies. She basically lives in the theatre department office on the first floor of Ryder. Follow/tweet her at @amyannette37 and read her blog here.