All throughout college, it was always instilled in my mind to network with other people. I was told to network with working professionals since it would help me get interviews, learn about different industries, learn about different companies, learn how to conduct myself professionally and ultimately help me land a job. Therefore, I reached out to hundreds of alumni through email. I tried to set up phone conversations with the ones that would respond to me. This experience allowed me to truly enrich my knowledge of different industries, companies and positions. It also gave me the confidence to interact with professionals who were more established and older than me (which certainly helped with interviews). Now that I am considered an experienced professional, I realize that it is equally important to network. One avenue for networking is through a professional association. Here are some reasons why it is extremely beneficial to join a professional association and regularly attend events.
You’ve put hundreds of hours into a side business that has generated consistent earnings for you. If you are looking for a job, why not use it to sell your skills? As long as your employer doesn’t think that you will quit your job in the near term to pursue your own business, you can leverage that business experience into a position. Here are a few examples.
Some positions will require that you be given a business case study to test your business acumen and analytical skills. If you are interviewing for a top consulting firm, such as McKinsey, BCG, or Bain, then my framework will be too simple for you. There are entire books and courses that teach you how to structure, break down, and solve business cases for interviews at those consulting firms. I've personally gone through many cases myself and practiced with others. Here, I have taken the key lessons I have learned and condensed it into one post by providing a simple framework that will work for the majority of Fortune 500 business case interviews.
How many marbles can fit in this jar?
If you were an animal, what would you be?
At 3:15, what is the degree between the hour hand and minute hand?
Generally, compensation is a topic that most people tend to avoid. You probably don’t want to reveal your compensation to your coworkers, and they don’t want to reveal their pay to you. At the same time, you want to make sure you are getting paid fairly or that your potential employer is giving you a fair offer. Here are a few ways to benchmark your pay against the market.
The STAR interview model is one of the most commonly used behavioral interview methods. STAR stands for Situation or Task, Action, and Results. Even if your interviewer does not specifically use this framework, she will ask questions that can be answered with the framework. Regardless of the question, using this framework will ensure that your answers are thorough, detailed, results-oriented, and well structured.
Are you nervous for an upcoming interview? The interview is one of the major reasons that determine whether or not you land the job. If you can interview strongly with confidence and poise, your chances of success are much higher. I am here to give you a few key pointers that will greatly improve your interview performance. Try to practice these with a friend if possible.
Phone interviews are generally shorter (~30 minutes) interviews that recruiters or hiring managers use to get to know you better. They are usually part of an initial interview screen to establish whether or not you deserve to move on to the in-person interview. Companies receive many resumes for each position, as a result, they need a way to screen through all those resumes and only bring in the most promising candidates. I have compiled a few tips to help you with your phone interview/phone screen.
Hiring managers want the best of everything. In their job postings, they’ll post a long list of requirements and skills that they are looking for. However, chances are, it is very hard to find someone who has all those exact skills, requirements, and experiences. A lot of those skills end up being learned on the job or not needed at all. The more of those skills you have on your resume, the greater your chances are of landing the interview, regardless of whether or not you can perform the job well. So, if you don’t have those skills on paper, how would you convince a hiring manager to give you an interview and potentially the job?
In 1967, two UCLA professors concluded that communication is 93% nonverbal in the Journal of Consulting Psychology. They studied the relative importance of words, tone, and body language, concluding that the message contributes 7%, tone contributes 38%, and body language contributes the remaining 55% of communication. Now that you know the importance of nonverbal communication, you can practice improving your ability to communicate not just verbally, but nonverbally as well for your interviews and in everyday situations. Below, I have detailed a few aspects of tone and body language that you can pay attention to.
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