What’s Happening in The Schey: Week of Feb. 2 – Career Services Workshop with Apex Systems

We’ve already made it to the month of February! Hope everyone is staying warm out there! As for what’s happening in the Schey, check it out below:

Welcome New Hires! We’re glad to have you here!

Partner Corner

Apex SystemsJason Matthews and Cate Murray from Apex Systems, Inc. are visiting us tonight to put on a career services workshop for our candidates.

Apex Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Richmond, VA and is the second largest IT staffing firm in the United States and Canada with more than 1,100 staff members at more than 65 locations. They continually go above and beyond to provide the support needed to ensure successful project implementation, process and completion.

Career Services Workshop: Interview Coaching

Three top reasons candidate’s don’t get hired
1. Lack of enthusiasm and professionalism prior to, during and following the interview
2. Lack of interview preparation
3. Poor communication by the applicant to the client why he or she left previous jobs

The Three P’s of Interviewing: (1) Prepare (2) Practice (3) Perform

Interview Best Practices:

  1. Familiarize yourself with your past
    – Reread your resume
    – Review highlights from your past
    – Make a list of: achievements, strengths, stories, improvement areas, learning experiences and potential concerns
  2. Visualize Success
    -Read the job description the day before the interview and write down a list of reasons why you think you’ll be successful in that role!
    – Think through your last positive interview
  3. Research the company and who you’re going to be meeting with
    – Be prepared to answer:
    – Why do you want to work here?
    – How familiar are you with our organization
    – Have you had an opportunity to look at our website
  4. Prepare Questions
    – Examples:
    – What are the top skills you need this individual to walk in the door with?
    – Break down your technical landscape for me.
    – What are the goals of the executive leadership team for this company over the next year? 5 years?
    – What are your goals for this department?
    – What’s the culture like?
  5. Prepare you elevator pitch: 30 seconds of who you are
    – What’s your brand?
    – What projects have you done?
    – What contributions are you most proud of?
    – What are your technical competencies?
    – What are your areas of interest?
    – What have been your focus areas over the last 1-2 years?
  6. Communicate your qualifications
    – Communicate your skills, contributions and interests
    – Focus on what you’ve done, not what you’ve seen others do
  7. Demonstrate your interest
    – Express passion, excitement
    – Are you communicating your interest in the company, group, project and role?
    – Reiterate your interest and qualifications near the end of the interview
    – Jot down reasons why you’re interested in the opportunity and company
  8. Follow proven methods
    – Utilize the STAR approach (situation or task, action you took, results you achieved)
  9. Be honest about your experience
    – if you don’t have experience in a certain area, don’t fret! Walk through how you’ll gain experience or get up to speed
    – Follow the 80/20 rule
  10. Nonverbal communication
    – Remember that the majority of perceived communication is based on non-verbal cues (i.e. facial expressions, body movement, posture, arm placement)
    – Focus areas: lead and close with a firm handshake, eye contact, good posture, don’t frequently touch your mouth, don’t face a cough to think about the answer to a question, don’t fold or cross your arms
  11. Offer additional “sales ammo”
    – Proactively offer: references, portfolio, URL to personal website and/or LinkedIn profile, work samples
    – Don’t “dump” stuff on the interviewer, asses what may be important to them and then offer to show or send your work
  12. Send a follow-up “thank you” note
    – Send a brief thank you email and hand-written note in a timely fashion
    – Avoid being generic
    – Show appreciation for their time
    – Reiterate qualifications and interest level

Phone Interview Tips
– Stand
– Smile
– Avoid heavy exhalations
– Ask questions to gauge whether you should expand answers
– Have pen and paper

Skype Interview Tips:
– Practice makes perfect
– Ensure the interviewer has your correct Skype information
– Log in 15 minutes early, just to err on the side of caution
– You still need to look the part
– Have a good background, clean and organize your surroundings

Additional Tips:
– Know interview details! who, where, what and when
– Your interview begins as soon as you drive into the parking lot
– Show appreciation to everyone you meet
– Avoid tangents
– Don’t be afraid to follow up on opportunities/interviews
– Do a social media “spot check” of yourself

Additional Information Discussed

Partner Referrals
The Schey is currently looking for other Partners to join our organization. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Partner, please email Caelyn Hartley at ch602610@ohio.edu.

Events This Week:

Monday, February 2, 2015
Event: Career Services Workshop
Who: Everyone!
What: a workshop on professionalism
When: 6PM
Where: Walter 145
Dress: Casual

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Event: Coed Intramural Basketball
Who: Everyone!
When: 8:45PM
Where: Ping
Dress: Sporty

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Event: Women in Sales Ethics Workshop
Who: Everyone
When: 6PM
Where: Copeland 107
Dress: Casual

Friday, February 6, 2015

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday, February 12
– First Toastmasters meeting of the semester
– Schey Etiquette Dinner

Monday, February 16
– Spring Schey Sales Centre Career Fair

Saturday, February 21
– 6th Annual Bare on the Bricks

Thursday, February 26
– Schey Blood Drive

Contribute to The Schey Blog
If you have a good idea for a blog topic, or would like to be a guest author on The Schey Blog, please contact our Director of Social Media, Amanda Breedlove at amanda.j.breedlove@gmail.com.


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