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Jobs411: Employers' perspective on the interview process

By Sean Ringold
On November 30, 2015

“Well, thanks for coming in, we will keep you posted.” That statement may ring all too well in the ears of students applying for jobs but Kirkwood Community College’s Jobs 411 can help students better prepare for interviews. 

According to Danielle Ebaugh, Career Services coordinator, students should show up to an interview 10 – 15 minutes early, ask questions during the interview and send a follow-up thank-you note. She added that one good question to ask during an interview is, “What has been a common factor of successful people in your position?” 

This semester, Kirkwood invited representatives from three companies to explain the interview process to students from an employer’s standpoint. Brad Schooler of Northwestern Mutual, Laura Jaeger of BHFO, a clothing factory outlet and Greg Ruckdaschel of MediRevv participated in the panel discussion. 

One student asked, “How does one’s resume stand out from all other applicants?” 

Jaeger answered, “Personalizing your cover letter really helps, as it shows it wasn’t just a cookie cutter resume but shows you took the time to understand the job you’re applying for. It really helps to use specific descriptions rather than generics such as ‘people person’.” 

Schooler added that connecting one’s strengths to the specifics of the job applied for helps filter out those who really pay attention to how they would be a good fit. 

According to Ruckdaschel, using aesthetic tactics, such as highlighting strengths that mirror or excel the applied for job, helps distinguish those most capable from other applicants. 

For more information about upcoming workshops, logon to www.kirkwood.edu/careerservices. 

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