4 Tips to Have a Successful Interview

You’ve been applying to jobs everyday for hours on end and have finally gotten a call to come in for an interview. You’ve done your preparations and are ready to make a great first impression. However following up with your interviewer and making a great final impression is just as important! After leaving my own great impressions in several interviews, I’ve landed great jobs and have compiled a few tips:

During the interview:

1. Be genuine!

Give your interviewer a great overview of who you are as a person.

2. Be interested in the position as well as the company. Ask questions!

During your interview, when your potential employer asks if you have any questions for them, have some ready. Don’t seem like you’re in a rush to leave. Your interviewer has been listening to you talk about yourself and your experiences during the majority of the interview. It’s your turn to do some listening. This is also a good opportunity to see if this company is a good fit for you.

Follow up:

3. Send a thank-you note!

Before you leave the interview, ask for your interviewer’s business card or contact information and be sure to follow up with him or her! This can be done through email, a hand-written, thank-you note or both. Follow up thank you cards are a good way to show your appreciation for your interviewer taking the time out of his or her day to speak with you.

4. Connect on LinkedIn!

Another good way to connect after the interview is through LinkedIn.

Even if you don’t get the job, you can still keep in contact. And you never know, the person may even be able to refer you for a future position that you may be qualified for.

Remember your resume got you in the door for the interview, now it’s up to you to get the job! Best of luck!

 

This article was written by: Chanell Elaine Gladden, Campus Philly Career Intern

Philly Love Notes:
Ballet on South Street

Favorite Spot: Major Moment Studio, 1624 South Street

I am: A beginner ballerina who still stumbles over her own two feet.

Years in Philly: Almost four years

Current Home: North Philadelphia

My Love Note:

Dear Major Moment Studio,

I first approached you nervous with palms sweaty, unsure of exactly what an “adult ballet” class would entail. I pulled open your door and stuttered as I introduced myself to the ballet teacher with the vibrant red hair, curled into pigtail buns. I wanted to run away—who does ballet as an adult beginner anyway? But I stayed.

And I fell in love.

The studio is on the smaller side, located on west South Street, lumped between an apartment building and Magpie. The studio’s smooth hardwood floors and gigantic mirrors make up for its size.

Everyone who attends the classes is warm and welcoming—no one is going to scoff or laugh at you when you can’t get the hang of a move. We’ve all been there before.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first ballet class or your 2000th, everyone is welcome at Major Moment—male, female, 18 or 65. The students remind me that you’re never too old to start taking ballet. Every week, I get excited by the new students who walk in. Sometimes they’ve never taken a ballet class before; other times they’re returning after years of being out of a dance studio.

I just barely fit in the latter category: I took classes from ages 4-6. Then I participated in a slew of different sports: baseball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading. Who would’ve thought I’d return to ballet at age 20?

Major Moment’s owner and resident ballet instructor, Beverly, is charming—she may occasionally mix up her own two feet—but she always takes the time to make sure all her students don’t get left behind during an exercise. Beverly preaches that she doesn’t teach “baby ballet.” She knows adult beginners are capable of more than that. She pushes you to work harder, if you need it–but her corrections are always kind and gentle. She wants you to get better. This isn’t just a dance fitness class. As a student here, you learn real ballet.

Beverly teaches three levels of ballet classes (Absolute Beginner, Beginner II, and Advanced Beginner) that are offered through Philly Dance Fitness. She also never cancels unless it’s Christmas, New Year’s Day or Memorial Day.

Her motto is “No challenge, no change.” She doesn’t mind it when I show up to the Advanced Beginner classes, although I’m not quite up to that level yet. I go to challenge myself.

Major Moment Studio, I never thought I’d be able call myself a ballerina, but thanks to you I feel like I can.  Philadelphia has a great, burgeoning art scene–I’m grateful that I can be a part of it.

Top 5 Philly Events

Let’s hit it Philly! Upcoming events this June include theater, sports, music, shopping, and so much more…

1. Glow: Living Lights

When: June 1-September 29 Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Price: $13-$15

A brand new exhibit featuring one of nature’s amazing natural phenomena, bio-luminescent animals, just opened at the museum! The journey through the darkened galleries and engaging hands-on activities are sure to illuminate your imagination with these mystifying creatures as well as capture the hearts of the whole family.

2. Brooklyn Flea

When: Starting June 2, Every Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m. Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock St., Northern Liberties, Philadelphia Price: Free

Rain or shine, come out and check out a little slice of Brooklyn’s best kept secret. Honoring the original flea market, Northern Liberties is launching a market featuring the top vendors and food that Philly has to offer.

3. Rugby Seven’s Tournament

When: June 1-2 Where: PPL Park, 1 Stadium Drive Chester, Philadelphia Price: Varies

If you enjoy pure unadulterated athleticism and high scores, then the PPL Park this weekend is the place for you. The 2013 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship returns this summer and tickets are on sale now!

4. June Scratch Night

When: June 3, First Monday of every month at 7:00p.m. Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., Philadelphia Price: Free

Art is risky. Share the experience of artists in the process of creating select experimental pieces before they’re on display, as they push the boundaries of their forum. Donations are encouraged but not required. Be prepared for anything at this culturally shocking event. Recommended for 21 and over.

5. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

When: May 30- June 2  Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia Price: $35-$55

From horror films, sci-fi, and magic to indie graphic novels, there’s literally something to thrill the whole family at this year’s comic con. Old favorites and some new TV phenomenons come together in this exciting weekend event, so get your nerd on! Children under 10 get in for FREE

 

You can contact Ariama for more info at Longa@chc.edu

Manayunk Fit Festival

As summer hits us full throttle, more and more people are taking the necessary steps to stay fit! Join us at the Levering Street Parking Lot June 1, 2013 from 9AM-3PM for the Manayunk Fit Festival. You’ll get the chance to participate in FREE 30-minute outdoor workout classes, on-site health screenings, and other fun activities. Best of all-its for all ages! Bring your roommate, parents, brothers, sisters, and learn the ways you can have a happy, healthy summer!

The Fit Fest will kick off Manayunk’s Fitness Week which will run from Sunday, June 2 through Friday, June 7. Fitness week passes will also be sold for $25 which will benefit the Neighborhood Bike Works,-a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase educational, recreational, and career building opportunities for urban youth in undeserved neighborhoods.

So grab your favorite running shoes, your water bottle, your yoga mat and come exercise your way into a happier, healthier YOU!

Top 5 Career Postings

Bentley Systems: LEARN Services Intern

This paid internship is going to give you a hands-on approach in assisting with group conferences, events, social media, and other communications. Land this internship and you will gain experience in working in the technology industry while using your organizational and communication skills. Apply if you’re have strong written and interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

The Star Group: Web Developer

Calling all web developers: you can still get an internship this summer if you haven’t already–this one runs from June to mid-August. Put your programming coursework to good use:  you must be familiar with basic knowledge of HTML and CSS to land this internship. Experience with open source CMS platforms it’s major plus! You’ll gain real world experience in web development understanding of waterfall development cycles and the full website development process (discovery, implementation, deployment).

United Way: Capacity Building

Want to make a difference? Apply for this internship with United Way and  put those problem-solving skills to work! With some guidance from the Program Manager of Capacity Building, you’ll be playing a key role in the development and execution of United Way’s capacity building strategies to promote a sustainable nonprofit sector. Apply if  you’ve exceptional interpersonal skills, a passion for working with nonprofits and a strong willingness to learn.

Health Market Science: QA Analyst

If you have experience through internships or co-ops in technology and healthcare data, this entry level job could be just the thing for you! If you’ve previous experience includes developing, managing and executing test plans, test cases, regression testing and defects using HP Quality Center and Jira Test Case Management–put your hard work to use! You’ll be joining their Professional Services/Implementation team and help develop next generation capabilities.

Friends Center City: Mobile App Designer

Got mobile application design experience? Friends Center City is looking for an information technology specialist to help turn their website into a mobile-friendly app that will help make key elements of their website accessible to their members. You’ll work with board members and volunteers to determine app content through discussion with volunteers and members, designing, programming, testing and implementing the new app.

The South 9th Street
Italian Market Festival

Despite the gloomy weather on Saturday morning [May 18th], I was still excited for this rain or shine event and to get a taste of the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Being Italian myself, I was eager to see the authenticity and culture that surrounds this historic area, as well as the festival itself. This festival invites people to be Italian for a day and walk around the oldest outdoor market. Tents were set up along the streets with people passing through, and there were a variety of places where you could purchase all kinds of items.

Some tents showed Italian pride with shirts, flags, and customary Italian food and desserts. Free Italian cookies, sandwiches, and all types of food were being served to people who stopped for samples. Others tents were selling jewelry, soaps, paintings, and so much more. There were also several stages set up with a band or DJ playing music; even picnic tables were set up with for DJs playing Italian music. If you’re not Italian, the community that surrounds that area really welcomes you.

I was really impressed by the entire Italian market and ended up walking to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival which featured Stephen Starr’s restaurants selling food, cocktails, and giving out free, promotional items. Along the way, there were beautiful murals that reminded me of the beauty Philadelphia holds dear to its heart.

I highly suggest that if these festivals are set up the same weekend next year, that you should enjoy the scenic walk that gives you a peek at the culture and art of Philadelphia. Even there isn’t a festival, the food in the Italian market is worth the trip. Take the time to try something new, you won’t regret it!

This article was covered and written by: Elizabeth Finch, Campus Philly Student Engagement Intern

Top 5 Philly Events

Let’s hit it Philly! Upcoming events include theater, sports, music, shopping, and so much more…

1. GREASE

When: Select dates starting May 14 – July14 Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street Price: Starting at $10

The Dancin’ Summer Lovin’ Duo has finally coming to Philly. The hit Broadway show and movie cult classic, Grease, will be playing this week at the Walnut Theatre. For more information and tickets, please click here.

2. The Ninth Street Italian Market Festival

When: May 18-19, 11am-6pm Where: South Ninth Street Price: Free

Everyone’s invited to be Italian this weekend and join the largest block party in Philly. There will be Italian stores and eateries open rain or shine for all to enjoy this weekend.

3. Yoga On the Steps Living Beyond Breast Cancer

When: Sunday, May 19, 8:30am-12:30pm Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Price: Free

When’s the last time you exercised and saved lives. Come out and donate to the cause, and enjoy a peaceful morning of yoga with over 1,500 others in their fundraising efforts to live beyond breast cancer.

4. Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra
 18th Annual Festival Concert

When: Sunday, May 19, 7:30pm Where: Perelman Theater, The Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut Street Price: $10-$20

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra presents its final concert of the season, offering a promising and spectacular performance of symphony and song. For more info visit their website.

5. 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships

When: May 25-27 Where: Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia Price: Varies

Get ready for the ultimate LAXperience, where fans get to mingle and enjoy the best college lacrosse competitors around. So buy your tickets now for this fun-filled and adventurous arena in the heart of Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now, click here for more info.

 

Philly Love Notes:
The Parc of my Dreams

Favorite Spot: The ever so elegant Parc by Stephen Starr

I am: A Philly Phood Phanatic!

Years in Philly: Going on two in August

Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey

 My Love Note: Ok, so picture a movie about a young woman, mid-twenties, living in Philadelphia. Picture her shoes, her dress, her posh, unrealistically large apartment in Rittenhouse Square and the perfect job she has but never seems to go to (hmm, weird?). Now, picture the restaurant where she frequently delights in a quiet but extravagant brunch. That is Parc.

Parc is where you eat when you know you’ve made it. Its white linens, waitstaff that can adequately be described as perfect, warm lighting, its position on Rittenhouse Square and abundance of silverware: ooze upper-class. Parc is not simply dining; it is a lifestyle, an experience.

Let me explain: I have a bit of an obsession with Parc. The first time I saw it, I knew that I belonged there. I wanted to be the woman who sits in there with her notepad on a Wednesday morning writing her latest novel, while sipping on coffee and having a waiter, dressed in white, bring her every item on the brunch menu. That is the dream.

The first time I went to Parc, it was a Sunday and I have never awoken willingly.  I carefully picked out my finest Carrie Bradshaw outfit (that had actually been picked out for weeks) and floated to the restaurant.

Once there, I was quickly living my own dream; taking photos of the food (and myself with the food), loudly raving about its exquisite taste, and constantly saying the word Parc in my best posh accent; it was truly a site to be seen.

And yes, though my performance may sound embarrassing, it was quite frankly the most enjoyable dining experience that I have ever had.

You see, Parc is more than great food; when dining at Parc, it is a moment to live out that dream you are too embarrassed to say that you have. You know, the one where you are a character on Sex and the City or if you’re a male, maybe a bit less feminine but equally ritzy option.

For that one hour, you are the dream and that is something that truly has no price tag.

Top 5 Career Postings

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp (GPTMC): Research Analyst

Interested in Philadelphia tourism opportunities? GPTMC is seeking a Research Analyst who will join the in-house research department and track marketing programs as well as consumer behavior in order to facilitate decision making. Great opportunity to conduct research on various demographics and social trends.

All Star Baseball Academy: Event Operations or Office Operations Internship

Three strikes and you’re out! It’s baseball season of course! As an event operations intern, you’ll be assisting in game management and record event data. With the office operations role, event social media marketing and data collection will be your primary tasks!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Marketing Public Relations Intern

If you’re passionate about medicine and want to take one step forward in curing cancer, try your hand in nonprofit management! Writing press releases, media alerts, and assisting in media coverage during special events will be your tasks at this organization that specializes in lifesaving blood cancer research.

Vanguard: Client Relationship Specialist

Named one of the best places to work, Vanguard is seeking a Client Relationship Specialist who will either join the Business Development Group, Retail Client Account Services, or Flagship group and assist clients in their financial goals. Learn investment tools of the trade from the best of the best!

Mobilize.org: Pennsylvania Community Organizer

Growing from only 10 students to a national Millennial movement, Mobilize.org is seeking an entrepreneurial Community Organizer to work with local partners, and build an influential community-based coalition that increases engagement and leadership throughout the community!

You can contact Robin at rss66@drexel.edu

Interviewing Tips From Me to You

After successfully completing seven internships in college and going on countless number of interviews throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and California, I’ve brought back a tip or two on how to turn your interviews into successful internships!

So you’ve applied for the role, got the green light to come in for the interview. What do you do next?

1. Research, research, research. I can’t stress that enough. I’ve gotten questions that ask what the employer does, what year they were founded, the whole nine yards. By researching beforehand and knowing your information, you’ve not only impressed the employer, you now know what the company you’re interviewing for does! How can you be successful at the position if you don’t know what products or services the company sells or what market the clients are in?

2. Be prepared to answer common questions the interviewer may ask you. A list of common questions can be found online. They will ask you to tell them about yourself, why you applied for that specific position, what’s your strength, what’s your weakness and more. You may also have to describe situations where you didn’t get along with an employer or a situation when you showed leadership at a job or school organization.

3. Have questions prepared for the interviewer. This is your opportunity to show enthusiasm about the company and your chance to learn more. Ask how they came to be where they are today or the day-to-day tasks of the role. You could ask about the company culture, how does the company maintain work-life balance, etc. These are questions I ask all the time. People love to talk about themselves so your interviewer should have no problem telling you their story!

4. Have a conversation with the interviewer. This is my favorite one. I love having a conversation with the employer instead of going back and forth and just answering questions. The interview flows better and now they have a sense of your personality. Show the employer your personality and what your interests are outside of the work environment. Do you like to collect things, traveled to a cool spot? Tell them that. Be personable!

5. Dress the part. Self explanatory.

 

These are tips coming from my own personal experiences. Following these will help you land the internship of your choice this summer. You’ll be well on your way to working and gaining experience in the job market!

You can contact Robin at rss66@drexel.edu