(October 2015) The Fall 2015 semester is in full motion. As students, you’ve made it through midterms, progressed in your community service initiatives and joined your peers in many of the student organizations we have on campus.
Last week, the Accounting Society and the Business Club held their annual networking reception. It was a great event, one that has grown over the years through the support of the San Antonio business community and HEBSBA students.
To me, the networking reception is one of the defining events we hold as a school. It is a time for students to use what they have learned, to sell their skills to potential employers and gain confidence in their abilities. As a business school, it is the materialization of what we prepare our students to accomplish: gain a meaningful career in your field.
Simple conversations can lead to big opportunities. As I watched students interact with the attending business professionals, I thought, do they know the questions to ask at the end of the interview? Over many years of being both the interviewer and interviewee, I find the questions candidates ask are as telling as the answers given.
It takes diligent research to know what the appropriate questions are, more so, what questions will make you stand out. Here is an infographic I came across and would like to share with you.
The questions presented are specific and to the point. Specifically, the last question: do you have any hesitations about my qualifications? This question allows you to exit an interview knowing that you have left nothing unattended. The anxiety after leaving an interview can make you doubt your accomplishments, qualifications, and even yourself. You should not retract from discussing an employer’s hesitations, this time allows you to expand and defend. In that moment, with your weaknesses on the table, you may impress more than just the employer.
As always, please contact me if you find these suggestions useful. I would like to hear from you.