From college to career: students get unique help from Career Services

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Students mock job interviews

Mock InterviewEmployers often say that the area in which job/internship applicants most need improvement is their interviewing skills. To help, SCSU regularly brings employers to campus to conduct mock interviews, Career Services Center counselors provide coaching, and there are multiple workshops and seminars for students who want to be better prepared.

Now it's even easier for SCSU students to practice.

A virtual interview kiosk, the only one in the state, has been installed at the career center. Students can go online to schedule an "interview," then pre-select general and/or industry-specific interview questions they want to practice, or let the system make a random selection.

Students can practice answering, then record, review and re-record their answers until they're satisfied with the results. They can also save their "interviews" and review them on demand or e-mail to professors, friends and family for feedback and advice.

One student who used the kiosk told Career Services staff: "I did my interview 17 times. Each time I said I can do better – and I did!"

Check it out at www.stcloudstate.edu/careerservices.

Recruiters tell all

An employer survey conducted by the university's Career Services Center in March turned up some helpful information for students who expected to be job hunting after graduation. The "new graduates" survey is the only one of its kind in the state.

"More than 90 percent of the employers
(73 participated in the survey) plan to increase or maintain their hiring levels from a year ago," said survey director Andrew Ditlevson, associate director of the Career Services Center. SCSU found that the industries most likely to hire were retail, business services and financial services. Government was the only industry indicating an overall decrease in hiring compared to a year earlier.

Students also learned:

  • Employee referrals are used by more than 60 percent of employers recruiting college students, indicating the importance of networking.
  • More employers post their positions with college career centers than on their own websites.
  • Employers now choose career services websites, their own websites and even commercial websites/job boards over newspaper classifieds, which tied for the least likely method to be used.

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