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    Jianhang Chen

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    The purpose of an interview is to let the company know you and let you have a chance to learn the company better. The interview can help you establish your relationship with the company. And by this process you can seek for more positions.

    I like the example of c++ question on the resume. Any things on the resume may be asked by the interviewer. That's the first step of them to ask you. There are many standard interview questions they will ask. We could prepare them before the inteview.

    What can be improved in this presentation is the presenter can add one or two short videos about mock interview. I hope we can learn it from the example. Another thing I would like to hear from the interview course is more related to ECE student. What we can prepare for the technical part of the interview?

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    Qinghua Li

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    This presentation showed us many useful tips for the whole process of interview. We can learn what to pay attention to before the interview, on the day of interview, during and after the interview. The website of CCO is also introduced in this presentation.

    Firstly, we should establish our objective about the interview and learn more about the field and company. We can search a company about its value or culture through the career Wiki. What's more, we should understand what questions are expected. There are two kinds of questions that the interviewer may ask: the questions related to our own resume and other “standard” questions. We should fully practice the possible questions before the interview.

    Secondly, to make a strong first impression on the day of the interview, we should have a good sleep the night before and dress well on the day. to make a strong first impression. The career spots from CCO tells us some tips about the dressing. Besides, we should be aware of non-verbal behavior, such as the posture of hand shake. It is also important to show up a little bit earlier.

    During the interview, we should introduce ourselves confidently. If we know the name of the interviewer, practice the name to show our confidence. 

    Last but not least, remember to ask for a business card after the interview. Also, follow up with an email or message as early as possible.

    I think the presentation is well structured and very helpful even though it was made eight years ago.

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    Ziyu Gong

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    This is a highly informative lecture on the interview skills.I have learned this three main points from the lecture.First and most importantly, get to know the company that you are interviewing to. Company do except you to know the company to some extent. And by knowing your company, the interviewers can tell you are actually interested in their company and you are taken this company seriously.Secondly, get to know your resume very well. You should be using your interviewing skills.Thirdly, signed up for CCO. I actually do not know this awesome website and resources from Purdue that can help you prepare for interviews. The most important thing I think would be an interviewing practice with a webcam especially. Some non-verbal gestures that you actually don’t know may affect your interviewers a lot.

    Besides the great content this lecture has, I do have a comment on the structure of this lecture. It seems that the lecturer did all the talking and there were few interactions with students. I think, especially when the topic is about interviewing, we can have a similar role-playing interview that can make certain points vividly.   

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    Ke Liu

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    The speaker gave a very informative and well-organized talk about interview. The talk was expanded in chronological order.

    First, the speaker emphasized on things that we can do before the interview. One is getting ready to talk anything on your resume. I couldn’t agree more according to my own experience. You cannot expect which part of your resume interviewers might be interested in. So familiarize yourself with you resume and leave out things that you are not sure. Another thing is to practice standard interview questions. Mocking interview is a good way to prepare for interviews and the speaker mentioned many relevant services that CCO provides.

    On the day of interview, having a good rest and dressing appropriately are important to make a good impression.  The speaker also mentioned that we should pay attention to non-verbal behavior and gave tips about how to behave during a meal.

    After interview, follow-up email and asking for business cards may bring opportunities.

    After all, this is a very useful talk. I highly recommend this talk to people who are in the job market.

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    Yuhang Zhu

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    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for their job interview. Interview skills are learned, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. My undergrad life was also spent in Purdue. Since the extraordinary reputation of Purdue and the effort made by CCO Purdue. There are plenty of chance for my to attended a career fair or approach to online job offers. I went there not only for a job but they are also great opportunities to practice my interview skills. Here are some tips I got through the practice I did.

    Most people are afraid to ask an interviewer to clarify a question especially for us as a non-native-English-speaker. You might worry that the interviewer will think you weren't paying attention, but ensuring that you thoroughly understand the question can really help you give a thoughtful, relevant response. Another thing i learned is that you have to be prepared for the companies you are going for. There might be hundreds or even thousands of people is competing for the job that you are looking. Though there are no huge difference from those hundreds of candidates. To link the work that you have done before to the company is the trick to make yourselves to having a higher chance to get in. This is why you need to be prepared. Do some research of the company. Learn what they are doing even you didn’t know the company before, you can still leave a strong impression to HR.

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    Aniesh Chawla

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    Did not know about career wiki page. It is nice to know these resources exists and are freely available. I did look it up and found it to be a really good resource

    I am also not comfortable with questions that concerns about “Why did you choose this?” “Why did you choose Purdue” etc. As the speaker says it is very nice to know about these questions and prepare them beforehand. The speaker told about the strategy to answer behavioral questions, this is really helpful as I realized my answers did not have a structure.  Online interview resource would be very helpful to me. This lecture was a really good resource to know about the available resource for Purdue students.

    As the lecturer says Good body posture is really helpful to make the first impression. Interesting thing is that videos are also available for dressing up. Facial expression, how you sit, what you do when some leaves you alone in a room are all important when you are getting interviewed

     

    Important:

    STAR methodology to answer a behavioral question. 

    Should have marketable skills and discussing situations.

    Prepare situations aware questions.

     

    Things missing:

    The lecture should also tell us how to follow up on the interview.

    How to ask for feedback from the interviewer after the interview.

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    Garrett McMindes

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    Mr Luzader gave a strong presentation on interviewing skills, and various aspects surrounding the process. A few points that I in particular appreciated included his discussion of the star method. Before my interviews this semester, I had never heard of the star method, however several interviewers asked me about it. Providing this information to students before interviews is very useful. I also appreciate the group activity in which he had each person write down their least favorite interview question, and then pair up with someone else and have them answer it.

    The one thing I would advise changing is the structure and organization of the presentation. I personally tend to like to see the overall structure and list of topics at the beginning, and then have the presentation follow that outline. While the general topic for this presentation was provided, I didn't know what to expect for the next topic until it was announced.

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    Abhiram Gnanasambandam

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    It was a really good presentation going through the whole process of the interview process. Most of the talks I have heard on interviewing skills talk just about the interview and sometimes about what we should do before. Almost none of the presentations I have seen talk about what to do after the interview. That was good. I have had situations before where I was sitting waiting for the reply from the interviewer, not knowing how to contact them. I guess getting the contact details of the interviewer would be really helpful in such situations. But I don't think sending a physical letter would be helpful though - email should be fine.

    I think looking at the video of interviewing process as he mentions we can do at the CCO site will be really helpful. It will help us look at the quirky things we do when we are tensed and will help us fix them. Although I accept most of the points he mentions about the interviewind lunch, I don't agree with the salt and pepper he mentions. 

    The speaker spent quite some time going through all the things available in the CCO website. The website is useful - but going through all the resources available, I think is just waste of time. He could have just mentioned the important features.  

    The quality of audio for the questions could have been improved. Sometimes it was difficult following the questions and the speaker did not repeat the questions.

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    Taylor W Hubbard

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    Tim Luzader’s presentation was very well organized and informative on the interview process and how students can improve their interview skills.

    The talk is organized into several sections chronologically starting with pre interview, day of the interview, during the interview and post interview. 

    Some great tips for resumes and interviewing to think about before the interview were to go through the CCO published handbook and prepare for the questions listed.  Also, analyze what you put on your resume and be ready to answer a question on any point.  If you can’t fully respond to that subject or experience you may not want to put it on your resume. Don’t practice interviews with companies, recruiters know each other!

    During the interview, be attentive. Eyebrows are an indicator of your level of interest.  If asked what your greatness weakness is, talk about something you can improve on, but not something that will give you a red flag. 

    After your interview, make sure to follow up with a letter or email to thank the employer for their time.  Only 3% of people actually do this.  A challenge he suggested was to even suggest a time for a phone interview.

    The overall presentation was very positive.  It stayed on track, presented great information and gave resources to help students with their interview skills through the CCO.

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    Taylor W Hubbard

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    Tim Luzader’s presentation was very well organized and informative on the interview process and how students can improve their interview skills.

    The talk is organized into several sections chronologically starting with pre interview, day of the interview, during the interview and post interview. 

    Some great tips for resumes and interviewing to think about before the interview were to go through the CCO published handbook and prepare for the questions listed.  Also, analyze what you put on your resume and be ready to answer a question on any point.  If you can’t fully respond to that subject or experience you may not want to put it on your resume. Don’t practice interviews with companies, recruiters know each other!

    During the interview, be attentive. Eyebrows are an indicator of your level of interest.  If asked what your greatness weakness is, talk about something you can improve on, but not something that will give you a red flag. 

    After your interview, make sure to follow up with a letter or email to thank the employer for their time.  Only 3% of people actually do this.  A challenge he suggested was to even suggest a time for a phone interview.

    The overall presentation was very positive.  It stayed on track, presented great information and gave resources to help students with their interview skills through the CCO.

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    Divya Shrivastava

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    The speaker has presented well the fine details of the interview process. He has well organized the entire process into four parts: Before interview, On the day of Interview, during Interview and following the Interview.

    Before Interview,It is very much essential to do your homework and research about the company before the interview. Tim also mentioned to prepare a list of expected questions that can be asked from the resume. Also, try to practice well before the interview with the CCO. Using a camera to record and check your performance or getting it reviewed from other people will also help.

    On the day of the Interview, it is very important to make a very strong professional appearance. Making eye contact with the interviewer also helps. A firm handshake also shows your professional behavior. We should also be ready to expect a surprise question from the interviewer.

    During the Interview, giving examples to authenticate yourself becomes critical. Handshaking and introduction are also very important to create a strong professional impression.

    After the interview, taking business card, following up with the employer to keep in touch with them also helps to get the job role.

    Overall, the presentation was very informative and well-structured and helped quite well to understand the entire interview process.

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    Piyush Agarwal

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    The presentation was well paced and covered everything important related to interview. The speaker was very confident and presented the material with good use of examples.

    Key takeaways for me from this presentation.

    Before Interview:

    • Interview is an opportunity to network.
    • Researching an organization before interview is important. Purdue Career Wiki is a good tool for that.
    • Do not signup for an interview for practice as it might backfire.

    Day of interview:

    • Dress to make a strong first impression.
    • Mind your body language. Sit straight and look interested.
    • Proper handshake.

    During Interview:

    • Introduce yourself confidently. Handshake plays a role here.
    • Authenticate your answers by giving personal examples.
    • Beware or non verbal behaviour.

    After Interview:

    • Ask for business card or contact details.
    • Its good to followup as only 3% people followup.

     

     

     

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    Xiran Wang

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    Tim gave a good presentation about different aspects of interviews. The presentation is divided into four sections: prior the interview, on the day of the interview, during the interview and follow-up of the interview.

    Tim mentioned it is important, prior to the interview, for the interviewee to research the company they are interviewing with so that the interviewers will know the interest of the candidate on the job is genuine. Tim further introduces the resources provided by the CCO that would be very helpful for gathering information about a lot of the companies out there. I probably wouldn't know we have such good resources at Purdue if I haven't listened to his presentation. There is also a program called 'perfect interview' on CCO website for students to practice their interviews.

    On the day of the interview, I learned that it is very important to have a good posture and behave professionally and leave a good first impression. Based on my personal experience, I think the most important point, as also mentioned by Tim, is to expect surprises from the interviewers. Sometimes, they just ask questions that you are not prepared for. Or sometimes the interviewing process is not as expected. So one has to be open to surprises.

    Tim mentioned that it is very important to authenticate your answers during the interview. He specifically mentioned the star method where the interviewee could talk about the situation of a problem before he/she took an action, the action the interviewee took and the results of the actions. And the interviewee should also demonstrate his/her marketable skills along the interviewing process. I think this is in general a very good approach. 

    For follow-up of the interview, Tim said it would make a candidate stand out if he/she could send a thank-you email or letter to the interviewers. As mentioned by Tim, only about 3% of the interviewees send such emails, which I think it's very surprising. In that regard, I would definitely send follow-up emails for interviews in the future. 

    I think this presentation is very well organized and the delivery is very clear. 

     

     

     

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    Zijian Zhu

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    Tim introduced some details about interview process.

    1. Before interview.

        People should establish his/her object which means what are you trying to accomplish.  Attend some information interviews to learn company. It can help to to gather information on both individuals and company. People should also prepare some antipated questions such as own resume. And another important thing that Tim metioned is to do some pratice interviews with CCO staff , use some web cam to record and check video yourself or provide video to professional people to get feedback.

    2. The day of interview

        People should have a good sleep and take good breakfast on the day of interview. Tim also metioned a few tips including a good dressing can make a strong professional first impression, do not be too casual, make good eye contact, firm handshake but not too hard (not just finger) , show up early , expect surprising interview and talk to classmates to know detail of specific company interview style.

    3. During the interview

        Tim provided some key points about during the intervew such as the most important thing is introduce yourself clean nad clearly, give examples to authentica yourself.

    4.  Following the interviews.

        People can keep in touch with interviewer even after the interviews. For example, people can take buiness card, say thank you to interviewer and ask some the following steps about the interview. 

    Tim presented a good speech and i have learned a lot from it. However, i must say that the most important part of a software engineer interview is none of above from my experience. The most important part is the technical interview such as an algorithm question. If people can answer the question clearly and logically, then i am sure the interview is almost successful.

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    Zijian Zhu

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    Tim introduced some details about interview process.

    1. Before interview.

        People should establish his/her object which means what are you trying to accomplish.  Attend some information interviews to learn company. It can help to to gather information on both individuals and company. People should also prepare some antipated questions such as own resume. And another important thing that Tim metioned is to do some pratice interviews with CCO staff , use some web cam to record and check video yourself or provide video to professional people to get feedback.

    2. The day of interview

        People should have a good sleep and take good breakfast on the day of interview. Tim also metioned a few tips including a good dressing can make a strong professional first impression, do not be too casual, make good eye contact, firm handshake but not too hard (not just finger) , show up early , expect surprising interview and talk to classmates to know detail of specific company interview style.

    3. During the interview

        Tim provided some key points about during the intervew such as the most important thing is introduce yourself clean nad clearly, give examples to authentica yourself.

    4.  Following the interviews.

        People can keep in touch with interviewer even after the interviews. For example, people can take buiness card, say thank you to interviewer and ask some the following steps about the interview. 

    Tim presented a good speech and i have learned a lot from it. However, i must say that the most important part of a software engineer interview is none of above from my experience. The most important part is the technical interview such as an algorithm question. If people can answer the question clearly and logically, then i am sure the interview is almost successful.

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    Ren Li

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    This is the first presentation about job interview I heard after being a PhD student. Well, something is fresh for me. The presentation is good and easy to understand. The organization is pretty good, what we should do before, during and after the interview.

    The speaker mentioned that before the interview, we should search for the information of that company, which will help you show your knowledge about the company. Of course, preparing for questions that may be asked during the interview, especially those that will make you brain blank. Be careful, they may ask any question about any details in your resume. This makes me recall my application of the graduate school. I didn't make a good preparation for my first interview. When the professor asked me which part of his research interests me the most, I became dumb, cause I just simply browsed the professor's homepage, paying no attention to the details of his work. So, I failed. The speaker referred an interesting website CCO for "real" interview via webcam. your performance can be recorded, and you can also get other people's feedback. This kind of APP will definitely help us for the interviews.

    For the day of interview, a good night sleep and a good  breakfast are needed. I can't agree more with that. Sleeping and eating well can get your attention focused. As for proper dressing for good impression, saying clearly and straightforward, proper way for hand shaking, and showing up a little bit early, these are old stuff. I've already known that before this lecture. During the interview, I think the most important thing is as what the speaker said, demonstrate your potential contribution to the company from your previous experience, and give them a reason to hire you. In this part, there is an interesting question from the student about the interview with meal. The suggestion given by the speaker is really surprising, "be careful with your order". That's funny but serious.

    Actually, I'm lazy and never have the thinking of following up with the interviewer. the reason that the speaker used to encourage us to do that is that few people do that. Fair enough. Doing this can showing your sincerity and respect, which will make the interviewer remember you, let alone if you write them a letter instead of sending an email.

    The bad things are:

    the resolution of the video is so poor that I cannot recognize the content shown by the projector;

    I cannot hear clearly what the students said in the video, though the voice of the speaker is clear.

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    Emily Fredette

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    This was a well-informed and well-organized presentation, covering before, during, and after interviews. The presenter spoke clearly, and knew the content well, I would have enjoyed this presentation in person. Overall it was a good presentation, but as I have attended Purdue for 5 years now, I found a lot of this information to be very similar to others I have seen. In the future, I would like to know if there is anything different that graduate students may need to expect during interviews?

    I was interested to hear the number one complaint from interviewers, I had not realized this was such as large issue. I will make sure to research companies in the future, and to read about current events from the news in preparation for my interviews. Is that CCO wiki still active, with company information? I haven’t seen that before, and the quality of the video was too poor to see much of it.

    The STAR method is still used, and every interview I have ever done has asked at least one STAR question. Another common type of question for engineering students are technical questions where you are expected to solve an actual problem or write code on paper in response to a question.

    Some last observations:

    The CCO website has changed drastically since this video, and I don’t know if the features mentioned are still offered, or where they would be.

    I believe they are located in Young hall now, not Stewart.

    The interview rooms on floor 2 of Young hall have closets where students can borrow professional clothes and shoes for interviews, this information should definitely be shared here!

    If this presentation is ever re-recorded, have the speaker repeat questions, or hand students a mic.

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    Shabnam Ghotbi

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    This lecture was very informative and helpful for those who are looking for a job. The speaker provides well organized items that we must consider. He talks about the prior things that must me done before the interview like having enough sleep, dressing appropriately and having a small meal before the interview. Then he specifically focusses on the behaviors during the meeting. He emphasizes on the facial gestures that how they can be very effective to make a good impression on the interviewer. Finally, it's essential to follow up after the interview. It's better to send them a thank you letter and keeping contact with that company. 

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    Parikha Mehrotra

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    The presentation gives you a step by step approach to follow for an interview. The speaker not only talks about job interviews but about information interview in general.
    Firstly, the speaker talks about what should be done prior to an interview- anticipating questions about what might be asked, highlights the importance of making a good first impression, researching about the organization of interest, for instance through career wiki.
    The second part of the presentation is about the "Day of Interview". It talks about some of the things to do on the day of your interview that might seem obvious but are quite crucial, such as getting good sleep, dressing appropriately etc. Apart from this, the speaker talks about the nuances of one's behavior which could make or break your chances of getting the job.
     

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    Bharath Asuri Mukundan

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    INTERVIEWING SKILLS BY TIM LUZADER

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    Bharath Asuri Mukundan (PUID:0029979690) 

    This lecture on “Interviewing skills” by Tim Luzader is about how to prepare ourselves for an interview.

    The speaker starts off very interestingly by asking students to write down 2 questions.

    1. Hope to learn about interview
    2. What would be toughest to be asked about

    The main essence of this lecture discusses about

    • Things to do prior to the interview
    • Things to be done on the day of the interview
    • Things to do during the interview
    • Things to do after the interview

    PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW:

    First and foremost is to establish our objective to the interviewer. Creating a good first impression is very important. It will help us have a good conversation during the interview process especially with someone we might work with in future.

    There are different types of interviews. Interviewing for information is one of those types. The main purpose of such interviews is to learn more about the company or to know more about what is happening in the industry in your particular field. It could also be about the interviewer and why he is working in that particular company/field.

    The Second thing is researching about organization. This is one of the important things to do prior to the interview. Career wiki is a place where there is plethora of resources about different companies and their work in the industry in the past few years. It is basically a coordination between CCO, career services and libraries

    Knowing about the company prior to the interview will give you a head start to impress and makes you stand out as a candidate. It is also necessary to anticipate questions. Anything on the resume is fair game. It is not acceptable to tell the employer that it has been a long time since I was involved in this so I kind of forgot. There is a section in CCO booklet where Questions asked by employers and questions to ask employers are available for practice.

    CCO express also provides a feature namely Role play interview. It is one of the ways to have a practice interview which could help us crack the original interview. The software allows you to be interviewed by someone and also records through a webcam which could be later played back and help us correct our mistakes

    DAY OF INTERVIEW:

    First thing is to have Good sleep and good breakfast before we start to the interview. Secondly, dress to make a strong first impression. There are videos in Career spots: interview dress for men CCO express which helps us to learn about how to dress to an interview. It need not be too fancy that it is a distraction, but needs to make a good impression about us. More than just dress there are other non-verbal activities which need to be right. For example, sitting straight instead of being too relaxed or too serious and frowning. These are express points to help us sound professional with good decorum thereby translating to good impression about us.

    The speaker in this video, Tim Luzader (or should I say Cruzader :P) gives good example on what to do and what not to do during the interview. For example, Good handshake. A firm and strong handshake with eye contact projects confidence and interest.  Another important thing is to show up a little early and mentally prepare to expect surprises

    DURING THE INTERVIEW:

    Introduce yourself confidently: a good handshake with a smile can go a long way. Speaking clearly is one the main things which can project a good first impression. It is very important to answer questions by giving personal examples. This presents the evidence that you have really worked in that field and also an evidence to a particular skill. Especially technical attributes certainly are to be answered by giving personal example as evidences. The speaker then follows up with a good exercise to practice for improving our performance by asking students to consider their peer as the interview and complete the task.

    AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

    It is totally fine to ask for business card or contact information of the interviewer after the interview. If we are refused, it is important to get some information on how to contact them for follow up interview or emails. Sometimes a follow up email/ handwritten letter with a Thank you note will help us stand out among other candidates.

    A lot of people actually forget this step. It is extremely important to actually follow up after the interview. It gives us another opportunity to throw more details about us to the company that we might have missed during the interview.

    The speaker then concludes providing the information that there are exercises and videos about how to prepare ourselves for the interview in CCO express.

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    Roland N Green

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Tim's presentation brought to light new information about the interviewing and application process that I had not considered. While there were some aspects of his presentation that were fairly intuitive, I felt that others would directly help me.

    One particular point that he made was getting yourself videotaped in a mock-interview. I have, in the past, been conscious of my use of body language when I talk which may appear distracting. I am sure there are other body language related details that that would be brought to my attention if I did this.

    Another point made in the video that I enjoyed was the specifics about facial movements. While I had thought about posture and body language, I had not really consider facial expressions (besides ones clearly not appropriate during an interview) to be that important in an interview.

    One key part of the presentation that I feel could have been improved is the section on surprises. While Tim mentions that you may be interviewed by multiple people when you arrive, other interview-surprises are not mentioned, which may helpful for reference.
     

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    Yeshani Wijesekara

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I liked the speaker Tim Luzader. He was funny and conveyed information in a conversational tone and with lots of anecdotes. It was an engaging seminar.

    I also liked the flow of the seminar. It had a good structure. He talked about elements to pay attention to before/during and after interviews and also about following up on an interview.

    The content was informational as well. Something new I learnt was the extent to which we can use Career Wiki. I always have trouble when it comes to addressing cover letters and as he mentioned, now I know I can use this source to do research to find out exactly who may be reading the letter. SWAT in CareerWiki, and Career Spots were two more resources I learned about. I liked how the speaker talks about how we should make a good first impression. Who knew eyebrows could tell a story! Another, was the part he talked about following up on an interview. The importance of writing thank you notes – email or handwritten notes through snail mail. It was good to learn about what to include in them.

    Although there was a lot of good information, the information provided was not very new. And some information was outdated. Purdue CCO’s location is one of them. And I liked how the speaker talked about preparing for the interview and how to behave before/during the interview like the handshake and wearing proper attire. However, because a lot of time was spent on emphasizing the importance of elements such as a handshake, or a good breakfast he did not have time to focus on things that I think may be more critical in an interview such as an elevator pitch. It would have been nice to learn about what to include in an elevator pitch and how to structure them so that it’s short as well as sweet.

    Overall the seminar was somewhat educational. The speaker was very engaging. However, the content can be improved by adding more information that as graduate students we may need in an interview and eliminating the things most of us already know.

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    Pushyami Rachapudi

    4.0 out of 5 stars

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    This was an informative seminar on interviewing skills. I find it very helpful as a student who will be applying for jobs. The speaker talks about four stages of interview preparation. Things to do prior the interview, on the day of the interview, during the interview and follow up. Most of the suggestions are very common but few caught my attention. I really like "anticipate questions",  "researching the company" and "expect surprises". Non verbal communication is very simple but important concept in making good first impressions.  The speaker explained various ways to show professionalism in various contexts from dressing to interviews over lunch. It was very informative. 

    As a grad student at Purdue, I have utilized CCO services such as resume review, but was unaware of things such as career wiki. I highly recommend this seminar to new students at purdue, to know all the kinds of services offered by CCO and to prepare well in advance to any kind of interviews.

    The most interesting part was the follow up. I learned that follow up shows interest of the candidate and is also polite to send a thank you or a short email after the interview. Although I am concerned if the snail mail still holds as the video is almost eight years old.

    Delivery:

    I like the logical flow of the presentation. The content was well organized and the speaker made great transitions from one topic to other. The story part had a lot of unnecessary information which deviates from the point the speaker is making, but in essence its a good presentation. 

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    Emily Bartusiak

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    This video did not contain a lot of novel information.  There was a lot of basic information, such as “eat a good breakfast before an interview”, “get there early”, and “don’t order the most expensive dinner item.”  The most valuable takeaway from this video was information about the resources at the CCO.  I have utilized many of these resources throughout my undergraduate career at Purdue, including resume reviews and statement of purpose reviews.  I also utilize the career portal and upload my resume to it.  However, I did not realize that there is even more resources that I can utilize!  For example, there is a lot of data that the CCO has about companies that you can review before the interview.  Some of the information is even SWAT analyses!  They also have videos about different topics, such as how to dress for an interview.  The video for women was conducted by Macy’s, so I bet it is a high quality one!  One other interesting anecdote about this session is the salt and pepper “interview” at dinner.  One company supposedly hired individuals based on when they used salt and pepper at dinner, which highlights the importance of never letting your guard down during an interview. 

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    Mustafa Abdallah

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    This talk was discussing the four essential stages to concentrate to increase your chances during interview: a) Prior to interview , b) The day of interview, c) During the interview and d) After interview.

    First, "Prior to Interview stage": the speaker states main points in that stage which are: Detecting your objective from the interview, learning and doing research about the company and about your field, establishing your network(e.g. attending career fairs and knowing interview pattern of this company, knowing culture of that company and their values).

    Second, "The day of interview stage": speaker gives a lot of advises to increase your concentration. For example, sleeping well, Dressing well (i.e. they take good  first impression) ,eating good breakfast (i.e. nutritious stuff) and arriving little bit early to be prepared for any surprises.

    Third, "During Interview stage": speaker explains the main key points to follow during your interview with recruiters. For instance, Introducing yourself effectively with confident manner, Speaking clearly, giving examples to authenticate your answers. He makes an interactive task to illustrate this(e.g. What is your weak points? question).

    Finally, "Following the interview stage": speaker states some methods to keep connections and to know their decision. As an example, asking for a business card of recruiters, saying thank you after the interview, asking about further steps after interview and sending mail or letter to them.

    In summary, the talk  was very effective and gave a lot of effective points and procedures to follow before, during and after the interview to make you more good candidate for job by following these procedures.

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    Jialiang Yu

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    The speaker talked about things need to do prior to the interview, things to do during the interview, and finally talked about things to follow up after the interview. 

    The most part that impressed me most is the useful tools such as JobWiki and PurdueCCO introduced in the presentation. The speaker introduced several useful features of CCO Express which surely help me prepare better for the interview.I went through JobWiki, and found there are a lot of job opportunities on the website listed in JobWiki. 

    The speaker's suggestion about eye contact and firm handshake are good first impressions to interviewers. There are more things need to prepare before the interview and after the interview. I really learned something I did not know before.

    The detailed speak gave by the speaker is really helpful in job seeking. I think I'll do better in the next interview.

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    Min Teng

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    This seminar is good to show some advice for on-site interview. Formal dressing, decent non-verbal behavior and speaking style can be quite useful.

    But still I would like to see some of the most difficult questions and some sample questions.For example question like what is your most noticeable weakness for this job position and I am not sure how to answer such question without showing some negative impression toward hiring manager. In addition, I would like to see some typical "bad" answers for such problem during interview.

    Also there is concern like what questions should be asked during interview.For example, if it's an interview for summer internship program, I would like to know if questions like the possibility for return offer and possible salary should be included as questions to hiring manger. Examples of some "bad" questions can also be quiet useful.   

     

        

     

     

     

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    Allison Perna

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    The speaker had a very clear organization to the presentation that helped convey major points. He ordered the talk sequentially for each step of the interview process. This is very helpful for students when we plan out our strategy. I find that a sequential grouping of information for something that is indeed sequential is better compared to how this talk was done in class with a themed Jeopardy-style game. The speaker did a good job explaining resources available to students, as he did this year, too. Perhaps a good middle ground would be Jeopardy with sequential categories instead of themed ones, or another game all together. 

    I only gave 3 stars because while answering questions he seemed to never fully answer questions. Instead of saying, "it's important to be thoughtful," explaining general mentalities to have, specific questions/topics to keep in mind, really anything that goes into further detail would be much more helpful. There weren't any points that seemed useless for a general audience, but most points could have a mix of details and "big picture" descriptions for students to keep in mind while interviewing. 

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    Pranay Banerjee

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    This seminar was different than what one usually finds online in several aspects. The presenter, Mr. Luzader, has a plethora of experience from which he recalls important indicators that differentiate a good candidate from a better one. Right at the onset of the seminar, he categorizes his comments into 4 different chronological sections with respect to the interview date and then goes into detail of what one should/shouldn't do in each section.

    Having been at Purdue for a while now, I was amazed at how limited my knowledge was about CCO and the online resources that it provides for job search. Tools like CareerWiki and Perfect Interview are very informative and clutter-free. After completing this seminar, I logged into myCCO and checked out CareerWiki based on the type of companies I'm interested in. It is so refreshing to find all types of information (company business/financial news, international hiring policy, region specific contact information, SWOT data, company culture etc) at one place. One doesn't have to open numerous websites to search for this information. For me, the tutorial-like approach to CareerWiki was the best part of this seminar.

    I was really intrigued by the type of  follow-up communication suggested in this seminar. Until I heard Mr. Luzader speak about sending hand-written thank you letters to the interviewer, I would have never have thought of doing so. It is such a unique idea to send a personally written letter to the interviewer so that he/she remembers you. I will surely try that.

    Lastly, I will take note of the non-verbal communication during an interview as suggested in this seminar. I admire how candidly Mr. Luzader mentioned about expecting surprises and being ready to backup every word written on the resume. 

    I would highly recommend every graduate or even undergraduate student to watch this seminar as everyone (even the most ardent job seeker) will find something to takeaway from this video.

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    Weifeng Xiong

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    This seminar is very useful for the fresh graduate who is currently active for finding jobs. It presents clear stages about how you should prepare an upcoming interview. Especially for the company you really interested in, the speaker mentioned several details such as you should do research about the company, the organization, who is the interviewer, and etc. Those details are very important that they can really impress the interviewers, but we might not pay enough attention regarding to them.

    The speaker discussed about several tips before, after, and during the interview process. I learnt a lot from the suggestion for the non-verbal things. Although the eye contact, hand shaking things seems to be negligible, they will play a major role to reflect your personality. There's one other interest thing about how to follow up after the interview, the speakers go through it in details and gave us clear suggestions.

    This seminar also shows several useful resources that Purdue CCO support to students. For example, the job wiki, and the mock interview opportunity offers great chance for students to be prepared. Overall, the presenter did a very good job, this is a valuable seminar for me.

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    Sofía Nicole Cerdas

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    This presentation provided very interest insight into the interview process, as well as helpful recommendations on how to approach something that might appear daunting to students looking for their first job or research position. The presentation introduces the need to reflect on how interviews are conducted, what interviewers seek, and how to approach difficulties that one might encounter during the interview process. 

    The presentation is organized excellently into three sections; what to do before, during, and after the interview, and gives very good points on what is helpful for each. For the first section, the presenter describes how to approach an interview based on its type and purpose, gives tips such as avoiding using interviews with companies as practice, and offers insight into common complaints from companies and their observations of what might be improved; primarily, how the lack of knowledge about a company, its organization and its goals can be perceived as a lack of interest in the position. He also introduces students to the career wiki, a useful resource. Suggestions are made for preparation, such as common questions asked, the purpose behind them and the importance of practicing beforehand. The second section deals mainly with the importance of personal presentation and first impressions during the actual interview; how posture, clothes, verbal ticks and nonverbal cues can improve the chances of leaving a good impression and obtaining the job. Finally, he stresses the importance of following through on the interview, how it can make you stand out as only 3% of people follow up on their potential employers, and recommendations on how to approach them in a polite, respectful and memorable way.

    In terms of presentation, the lecture is delivered in an easy to follow tone and speed, and as mentioned before, very cleanly organized into sections. I found the details useful and engaging, and believe this is an excellent resource for students to use.

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    Yafei Mao

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    This presentation is extremely helpful to students who are currently looking for jobs and those do not know how to answer interview questions.

    The speaker presented in a chronological order: he started from things need to do prior to the interview, things to do during the interview, and finally talked about things to follow up after the interview. This made his presentation well organized and easy to follow. Moreover, I found this presentation very attractive because the speaker interacted with the audience very often. His questions and jokes were enlightening.

    Useful tools such as JobWiki and PurdueCCO were introduced during the presentation. The speaker demonstrated several great features of CCO Express in detail. I was convinced that these tools would help me become better prepared for the interview questions. I will definitely sign up an CCO account and use its Perfect Interview software to practice more. Besides, I agree with the speaker that anticipating questions from the resume would be a great idea. I also agree that a good eye contact and a firm handshake would leave good first impressions to interviewers. The speaker not only explained things need to do but also mentioned things not to do. Every point he made was clearly explained so I learned a lot.  

    Overall, this is a very informative presentation, and I would highly recommend it. However, it would be better if the power point slides could be provided.

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    Rasika Kalwit

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    I found this seminar particularly useful as I am currently going through the process of being interviewed by companies I am interested in. Purdue provides great CCO resources that are very useful in job hunting process but most of the students are unaware of them. I do agree with the presenter, you need to be prepared about the company profile before interviewing with them. Also the whole interview process was explained in a good manner. Also all the important aspects such as introduction, handshake, dressing, different interview styles such as interview over lunch are discussed. The follow up after interview is something I personally dread about. This seminar cleared some of my doubts regarding follow up procedure.  Simple things such as contacting the company official can lead to better opportunities. But this needs to be done in professional environment. Overall, the seminar is informative and I can certainly benefit from tips discussed in this.

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    Man Chung Chim

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    The seminar covered interviewing skills and remarks in an organized manner, starting with preparation "prior to the interview", which took most of the airtime, then "during the interview", and lastly "following up the interview". That really teaches me to be active in the interview instead of passively waiting for the calls from interviewers.

    Significant time has been spent on CCO resources online for assisting the preparation of the interview, which is good but the video was blur and I couldn't see any details in that part.

    The presenter has done a great job in explaining interviewing skills into details, it would be even better if he can use a powerpoint to highlight key messages.

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    Sarvesh Vijay Pradhan

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    This was an informative and value adding seminar on preparing for an interview. I enjoyed the speakers method of presentation, it was engaging and I did learn a few new things despite reading and attending similar interview preparation guides. I had an interview recently and few of the things mentioned could have improved my performance.

    The speaker gave relevant links to CCO resources that were very useful. I especially recommend the Career Wiki. The information there is spot on and was a replica of what my interviewer told me during a monologue about the company.

    Dressing for the interview is an important point. But it is possible that you might be over dressed for the interview, especially when you interview for companies on the west vs east coast. My personal experience is that one should inquire with your contact at the company as to what would be suitable attire and dress one tier above that standard.

    "Authenticate your answers with personal experiences" is a gem of an interview technique. It seems obvious. This is my key take away from this seminar.

    "Interview over lunch or breakfast. Pick food that is comfortable to eat." Yes, this is important. Most interviews have you speaking the most, the food that you pick should be easy to eat and not require a significant portion of your thought process to consume. Also, having a way to follow up after the interview is critical to success, but difficult to remember in the heat of the interview process. I did not think it was okay to get contact details if a business card is not shared, but I liked how the request was phrased.


    Towards the end the speaker suggests a more forward approach of contacting the company official yourself to schedule an interview. This was an interesting approach. I can see how it can result in a "This person is really interested in the company". I personally thought this route could go horribly wrong if the person is upset with your forward behaviour. But maybe it is something I might consider later in my career when I am more established.

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    Gang Yang

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    Since I am looking for a job, this seminar is very helpful. Although I also took one with same topic in this semester, I still enjoyed it very much. It has a different organization than this semester's interview skill seminar. I liked the jeopardy game style seminar given in Fall 2015 that has more interaction. However, this seminar has an advantage--it contains more information. The information is also better organized and in chronological order. For starters, it is probably the better choice since it tells more and has a clear logical flow to follow.

    I highly recommend to watch this even if you have already took one similar in your semester. Even if much information is overlapped in both seminars in my experience and most probably be the case for later semesters, it is still very helpful to refresh memories. It also helps to identify more important parts--the parts both seminars emphasize. The speaker is also very humorous so you would not feel bored by hearing same topics again.

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    Naif S Almakhdhub

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    An informative seminar! I liked how the presenter went into detail even about the handshake, interview during a meal,etc. Also emphasizing on interviewing companies someone is interested in, making sure you have an answer to questions you do not like to be asked.

    I did not know about the resources available about the companies, many thanks for pointing that out. 

    To me this was one of the most informative talks I listened to about interviews, I have no complaints! (I liked the funny story about his name also :) )

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