Phone interviews are a popular early step in the interview process—they’re a convenient way for an employer and applicant to explore whether they’re a good fit. However, applicants still need to be prepared. Some must-do’s (like making sure you’re in a quiet place for the interview and have good reception) might seem obvious, but there are some other important points to keep in mind.
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Are you stressing out about finding a job post-graduation? It’s completely normal to feel nervous, but all that panic can actually undermine your efforts. First identifying what, specifically, you’re freaked out about is an important first step in the process since it gives you a starting place for forming an action plan. This article by Monster contributor Elana Lyn Gross explains.
Want to be more productive at work or at school? It turns out one simple thing could make a huge difference: listening to music. Aside from helping us relieve stress and boost our mood, research suggests that listening to music while working may also help us be more productive. This Fast Company article by Melissa Locker explains.
When we hear “accounting,” most of us think immediately of taxes and tax season. However, there are so many ways in which understanding accounting can help you in your personal and professional life. There are also many careers you can pursue with an education in accounting.
Fear is an emotion we’re all familiar with. It actually has a purpose—it alerts the mind and body to danger. However, it can also block us from taking steps that can help us make progress in our personal and professional life. For example, have you ever held back from raising your hand in class or speaking up in a meeting? Do you talk yourself out of applying for internships or jobs because you’re afraid you’ll be rejected?
We can learn an incredible amount from the successful people we look up to. Talking to a successful person is a great way to gain insight into how to be successful in your own life. One huge mistake to avoid, though, is to ask them if you can pick their brain. Instead, ask thoughtful, specific questions. Not sure where to start?
When you reach a point in your work life where you feel ready to try something new or realize that perhaps you’ve outgrown a particular position or that your interests have evolved, it can be so easy to talk yourself out of making a change by saying, “I could never do that” or “I don’t have the right training.” Furthering your education with a college degree can help you make a fresh start in your career.
How much thought do you give to how you start an email? If you write, “Hey” at the beginning or if, on the flip-side, you overthink every greeting, having some general guidelines can help you communicate more effectively. It’s important to use different types of openers when writing to people who play different roles of your life. Need some guidance and inspiration?
For pretty much all of us, stress and anxiety come up sometimes. Work and school are a few places you might notice it crop up. Rather than focusing on getting your stress level to zero (because let’s be honest—there are always going to be stressful or anxiety-provoking things that pop up), make an effort to deal with stressors and anxiety.
Scoring a job interview is exciting but can also be anxiety provoking. Whether this is your first-ever job interview or you’ve been on many before, it’s completely normal to feel nervous. Fortunately, having the support and resources you need to show up prepared can help you shine in your best light. The College of Westchester (CW) Career Services team provides guidance and support to students so they can approach those conversations calmly and with confidence—and ace the interview.