You spend hours preparing for an interview. You know your resume inside and out. You feel comfortable answering behavioral-based questions and have lots of stories ready to share in your back pocket. But something you can't know for sure is the intent behind an interviewer's question. What are they really getting at when they ask you "tell me about a time you failed"?
Getting Things Done > Grade Point Average
A college student with arthritis takes some time off from school for a series of leg surgeries. Another student with dyslexia has a hard time on written tests and assignments. Their grades suffer as a result. These are some of the scenarios I hear from Lime Network members. And then they ask me the inevitable question, "how do I talk about my lower GPA in an interview?"
"Oh interviews, why art thou so anxiety provoking?" a famous line from an Elizabethan Era author. That line expresses a sentiment that holds true today. But, if only we could reframe our perception of interviews from opportunities to be shot down TO opportunities to shine our lights, strut our stuff, showcase our worth. If only we could see the person on the other side of the interview room as a human who has stood in similar shoes RATHER than a courtroom prosecutor looking to poke holes in our stories. Perhaps the new line would be written as, "Oh interviews, how I long for thy company".
The slow summer days are soon coming to an end. For the university students out there summer ending means summer internship recruiting beginning. For the rest of the professionals out there, the next few weeks may present a window of opportunity to catch those recruiters and company contacts in a good mood as they bask in the glow of summer rest and relaxation. What this all means to all of you is that now is a great time to schedule your information interviews or as I prefer to call them
We recently came across this blog post with tips on video interviewing. Video interviewing is becoming an appealing option for several reasons:
- Some companies are asking folks to video interview as a way to avoid costly travel expenses of a face-to-face interview, until they are ready to move your candidacy forward.
- Some of you may be asked to interview during your final exam period or...
Are you in the midst of interviews? I know many of you are. Need some last minute tips and reminders? Check out the recording of a webinar we hosted with Bloomberg last week. Hear what it means to act professionally during an interview; how to...
(Part 3 in a series on Disclosing)
So, you've thought about whether you want to disclose to someone, and you think it makes sense. And you've thought about when is the right time to disclose. Now, let's look at how.
It is always best to disclose in-person so you can read the person's cues (body language) and use that to inform your explanation. If that is impossible, then over the phone is a good...
Whether to disclose a disability (or discuss it for those with an obvious disability) is on lots of minds when it comes to interviewing. Rightly so. Some are concerned that disclosing will lead to misperceptions by the interviewer. Others are concerned that they won't do well on an interview if they don't receive certain accommodations. Others are concerned that not disclosing is somehow dishonest. So whether to disclose or not weighs heavily on candidates' minds.
Here is some advice that we at Lime Connect share with students and professionals alike.
"Wow, XYZ Bank called me for an on-campus interview," you tell your friend. But you have not been actively considering banking. After all, much of your experience has been with marketing and public policy internships. Nevertheless, you talk to a few people, you do some research, and you discover that investment banking could be a great next step for you. Now, you are faced with the challenge: how to sell yourself when your experience...
Interview season is on the horizon for many college students. Like any other skill, interviewing needs practice. There is no time like the present to start practicing.
If you are a Lime Network member you can view/listen to a Lime Connect professional development webinar on Interviewing to help you prepare. (If you are not yet a Network member, sign up so you can access the benefits of membership).
This webinar is not just for college students. The principles, best practices and process apply to almost any interview. I hope you find it useful! Good luck with your interviews!