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The Touro College Graduate School of Technology Office of Career Services offers a range of programs and resources to students and alumni, guiding them in implementing both their academic and career goals. We assist and support your efforts in all areas of career advancement, from personalized counseling, to resume writing, and career planning.
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Partnering with employers from top technology industries in the country, our students are employed within a year upon graduating. Although, we encourage all of our students and alumni to facilitate connections within the GST community in order to increase their professional opportunities moving forward.
And we will be with you every step of the way.
Our Office of Career Services provides you with:
- Job placement assistance and resource-building.
- Creating a strategic 5-year career plan.
- Writing resumes and cover letters for potential or prospective employers.
- Interview preparation with recorded mock interviews.
- Internship and Mentorship Programs.
- Networking and Alumni relations.
You must prepare for every interview. Research the company you have applied to. Learn all about the company and its mission from its website. Read the job description closely. Determine how the job you are seeking fits into the organization and what some of the goals and challenges of this position might be. Prepare several thoughtful questions that demonstrate your interest and motivation.
When answering an interview question, always relate your answer to what you can do for the company, the job, and the organization. Tell the interviewer what the interviewer wants to hear. When discussing your background and accomplishments, Prelate them to the position. Do not discuss personal information. Provide examples of your work quality, accomplishments, and abilities as they would apply to the specific position for which you are applying. Use the phrases, "for instance" or "for example". Have addresses, phone numbers, and employment dates accessible. Bring several copies of your resume and a list of references with contact information to the interview.
When answering questions, don't sound like you’re reading from a script. Prepare answers to common interview questions. If you don't know something or don't have a certain experience, first be honest and admit to your lack of knowledge, experience, or qualifications. Then immediately say, "however" or "but" and then proceed to outline what you do know or what you have done. Explain how that would assist you in quickly getting up to speed.
Here are some interview questions and how you should answer them.
Tell me about yourself.
This is one of the most common questions interviewers ask, and it’s a great time for you to highlight your accomplishments that clearly demonstrate how you can contribute to the company or job. This answer is known as an "Elevator Pitch" because you should condense your answer to 30 seconds (The time it takes to ride up with someone in an elevator.)
How would others describe you?
In general, seek ongoing feedback from your coworkers and boss even when you are not looking for a job. Then think back to past discussions or performance reviews and share with the interviewer the feedback that you received.
What Is your greatest weakness?
Turn your weakness into a strength. First describe a weakness you have. Then show how you are addressing that weakness by describing the action you took, and the subsequent improvement that you've started to make.
What was your greatest challenge or difficult situation that you have faced?
Whatever you say, don’t talk negatively about your past jobs or bosses. Be honest and describe the difficulties that you faced and how you addressed them. Focus more on a situation, not on any person. Describe what you did to deal with the issues. You can use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach to help prepare your answer.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Talk about your desire for growth and for professional development. Tell the interviewer what your career goals are and how you believe that you could achieve them in this position
Why should I hire you and not consider other candidates?
Distinguish yourself from other candidates by being enthusiastic and confident in your response. Remind the interviewer why your qualifications are a good fit for the position. Reiterate your excitement for the opportunity. Discuss how your strengths align with the company’s mission statement and how you could be an asset to the company
Interviews may also include behavioral questions that aren’t as easy to prepare for. Behavioral interviews assess what you have done in the past, not what you say you might do in the future. This allows hiring managers to assess you more objectively. The premise is that past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. Interviewers develop a list of questions based upon specific competencies needed to be successful in the role they are hiring.
To do well in a behavioral interview, you must be able to tell stories that link your experience and skills to the position. Key words to use are "For example" or "For instance". Do your homework and research the employer’s core values, since some questions will more than likely relate to them. Be sure to focus on the job and the key skills the employer wants. Back up your answers with work or school examples. Present a situation or task that you faced, describe the action you took, and detail the results that you achieved.
- Tell me how you worked effectively under pressure or in a stressful situation.
- In working on a project, what was your role and what did you do. What problems or issues were there and how did you handle them?
- Tell me about a situation in which you demonstrated your leadership ability.
- Interview preparation with recorded mock interviews.
- What are your three greatest strengths?
- How would you handle a situation if your boss failed to adequately communicate with you?
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