Category Archives: Career Fair

Interviewing – Know your Product

The JB Speed School of Engineering has a robust recruiting schedule in the fall semester. In September and October alone, we hosted more than 141 interview schedules in the Engineering Career Development Center.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but the most qualified candidate for the job isn’t always the one who gets it. It’s the person who can communicate their skills and abilities and their fit for the position.

The two biggest mistakes that I see candidates make is that #1 they haven’t prepared enough for the interview and #2 then don’t ask the right kinds of questions.

When I’m talking about preparing, I’m not necessarily talking about researching the company (that’s important too but that comes later). I’m talking about getting to know the product – the candidate (YOU) – enough to say what you have to offer.

You MUST be able to talk about your skills, your personality characteristics and your content knowledge. You should be able to talk at length about what you have to offer a company.

Start by writing out answers and examples for the following:

  • The top five things I want an employer to know about me
  • This is why I ROCK! (examples that show I am a rock star)
  • Areas for development (what I am working on)
  • Brilliant ideas (suggestions for improvement in something I’m involved in)
  •   Team philosophy (and how I approach challenges)
  • Short term/long term goals
  • Specific Challenges (that I have faced and overcome)
  • Questions I have
  •   Areas of expertise (based on co-ops, experiences, projects, etc)

Then practice OUT LOUD your answers to common interviewing questions.  ESPECIALLY these:

1)      Tell me about yourself.
2)      Why are you interested in this position?
3)      Why do you want to work for this company?
4)      Why should I hire you?
5)      What are your five greatest strengths as they relate to this position?
6)      Describe the 3 most technical projects that you’ve worked on and explain your contribution to each.
7)      Tell me about a time that you have failed – what would you do differently?

Don’t memorize your answers. Just practice answering out loud. It’s about gaining comfort with talking about yourself in a positive, confident manner.

We are always happy to conduct practice interviews with you in the Engineer Career Development Center.  Please come in and see us!


Engineering Career Fair NEXT WEEK!

October 2nd is our annual Engineering Career Fair for all Engineering Disciplines.
Engineering Career Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 12-4 pm
Brown & Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Career Fair

The Fall Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to speak to employers about co-op, part-time and full-time employment.

We have employers come to campus from all across the United States as well as a heavy representation from our region. We currently have 72 employers registered to attend. It’s a great opportunity for students from all levels and alumni to check out the opportunities available in engineering and to seek out full-time and co-op positions.

To see a list of attendees, click on this link and then click participants.

A lot of people are nervous about attending a career fair, but if you’re prepared to talk about who you are and what your interested in, that’s a lot of what you need to know. It’s also important to know a little bit about the companies that are attending. The list of companies referred to above also has a brief overview of each company to get you started and a link to their website.

Tips for those who plan to attend:

  • Dress professional – 1st impressions are important
  • Bring plenty of resumes
  • Come prepared – check out the company overviews
  • Arrive early and walk around alone – don’t walk around like a group
  • Introduce yourself and extend your hand – have a 30 second commercial prepared
  • Ask good relevant questions
  • 5 minutes to make an impact
  • Say thank you
  • Make notes when you step away that you can reference when you follow up
  • Have fun – this is an exciting time!!

A career fair is so much more than just another event on campus – this is where flight happens, this is where the connections can be made that start careers for young engineers. Many of our recruiters are JB Speed School alum and they enjoy their jobs, they love UofL and they are excited about bringing new talent into their companies. Feel the energy and make the most of it!

See you at the fair!