Hello, WIU Peeps! I hope you all had a great Spring Break. I was busy, busy, busy with interviews! That’s right..I finally got some interviews and even some call backs from a few companies! Let me start from the beginning.
I was offered a position with Country Financial after speaking with them about opportunities. This interview was solely from networking! My internship supervisor knew someone that works for them and she trusted my supervisor’s opinion that I would be a great fit. It’s all about networking people! I was so thankful to be offered the job, but I decided it was just too far for me since I am in the process of purchasing a house. Then, I networked again! I went in to chat with a family friend about home owner’s insurance and left with another job offer. It is also for insurance, but I am able to choose the office I want and two of their offices are close to my new home. I am considering this opportunity but I told him I needed some time to think about it. Don’t be afraid to go home and think about it or discuss it with your significant other or even parents. Having someone you can trust to chat about these important decisions is very helpful.
The next interview I had was over break for a photography business. She needs someone to manage her office and it sounded like a lot of fun! She waited a few days before asking me some more detailed questions about the hours I would be able to work until I graduate so I think that sounds promising. However, she did discuss pay with me and I know I will be unable to take her opening if she offers it to me. Oh..and you’ll never guess how I got this interview, networking! There’s a lady I barely know but she has me on Facebook and told the potential employer I am very professional and she can tell I would be a great fit for the position. Again, it’s all about who you know!
I also had a phone interview over Spring Break. I utilized one of the quiet rooms at the Career Development Center, you just call and reserve one for FREE!, and it worked perfectly! They hit me with some touch questions, the second question being how much salary I am expecting. Be sure to prepare yourself for anything they might ask. It was nice to be able to have my notes, resume, and a sheet about their company and the HR position right in front of me. I will say, don’t drink pop while you are on the phone! I never drink anything with carbonation but the machine didn’t have any water so I had to go with it. Just be sure not to belch!
Anyway, I followed up with a thank you email and then about four days later a phone call to say thank you again and ask her two more questions I had thought of. You always want to ask another question or two to show you are thinking about the job and that you are still interested. Turns out, when I called she was impressed and I have an in person interview this Friday!
If you are starting to get discouraged about not hearing back or maybe just getting rejection emails, don’t be! I was in that position and was getting very frustrated. However, you can see just how quickly things can change; I’ll have five interviews for March now! Keep your head up and start networking.
Until next time,