Are You Prepared for Your Next Interview?

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Verizon Wireless gave us some tips to ace both a phone interview and a sit down interview!

Here are 10 of the best tips I found when reading through their presentation:

  1. Be on time
  2. Dress Appropriately
  3. Be confident, not arrogant
  4. Be ready to sell yourself
  5. Ask informed questions about the position offered or organization
  6. Avoid saying phrases such as “I can’t,” “I hated,” or “I Failed to”
  7. Be aware of gestures with the interviewer, eye contact, breathing, rate of speech, vocal, confidence, and posture
  8. Avoid giving yes or no answers
  9. When the interview is over, voice your gratitude, give a firm handshake, and depart respectfully
  10. Tell the truth!

 

Source: Verizon & The Career Development Office

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Nicole Donini’s #SpartanSuccess!

Meet, Nicole Donini! She is here to tell us a little bit about all of her success here at STAC!

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When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?

I plan to graduate May 2018 with a degree in accounting.

Can you tell me a little about the internship?

Over the summer I interned with KPMG in their Montvale office.  During my internship, I learned all the background work of the company.  For the summer, I worked on analyzing the top 2200 clients of KPMG.  Typically, as an accounting major, you think there is only audit or tax.  This work was looking at how the audit and tax functions drove in the most revenue.  It was explained as having KPMG as your client instead of working for other clients.

How did you hear about this position?

I heard about this position through the KPMG Mentorship Program here at STAC.  I was introduced to my mentor my sophomore year and have stayed in touch ever since.  I got to intern under him this past summer.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

There was a 2-step interview.  First was a phone interview.  For about 45 I was on the phone with a KPMG recruiter.  This interview was a very easy/casual interview.  It was about getting to know my interests and me.  Next was the in-person interview.  I went to the KPMG office and got interviewed by two people.  This part was your typical interview.  The interviewers asking me questions about my previous internship and myself asking questions about the firm.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Career development introduced me to the mentorship program.  Without them, I wouldn’t have met my mentor who was able to help me with this incredible experience.

Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

I don’t have any current roles. The internship ended in August.

What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

During the summer months, we had to do monthly reports.  All the new numbers came out the first week of each month. It was so exciting to see how the numbers changed from month to month.  Basically, all the reports processes were the same each time but it felt different because you were dealing with different numbers.

What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I plan to line up another internship with KPMG for summer 2018 in their NYC office.  I will also begin my MBA after graduation and start my CPA test.

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for an Internship?

My advice to other STAC students would be to not be scared and go for it.  Originally, I thought it would be close to impossible to land an internship with a big four accounting firm.  We come from a small school and the competition is hard out there.  Go to networking events; meet as many people as you can.  Believe it or not, people want to help.  Career Development helped me with the program and my mentor helped me with the internship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Considering the Disney College Program?

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Meet Theresa McKenna, a fellow STAC student who participated in the Disney College Program!

She’s here to answer some of our questions, and help future Spartans who are interested in the Disney College Program.

What was the reason you wanted to participate in the Disney College Program?

I wanted to participate in the Disney College Program because I would like to work for Disney in the graphic design field, and this is a good way to get my foot in the door.

How many times did you apply before you were accepted into the program?

I applied to the program once before I was accepted.

Did you apply for the Fall, Spring, Fall Advantage or Spring Advantage program?

I applied for the Fall program.

You applied for the program to begin after you graduated from STAC.  Are you happy with that decision?  Why or why not?

I am happy with the decision to apply for the program start after my graduation because I did not want to miss out on any college experiences or classes. Since I am finished with school, I don’t have to worry about other classes or homework in addition to my job.

Please describe your day of arrival.

On the day I arrived, I checked in to my housing complex at 8 in the morning. I was able to quickly move my things in before I had to go to an introductory class called Traditions. Here, they finalized everything that would enable me to work. It took about an hour, and then I had the rest of the day to move in, meet my roommates, and get food and supplies.

Did you get to choose where you would live?  Which housing complex did you choose (or get assigned to) and what was it like?

Before I came down for the program, I was sent a registration email for housing and was asked to rank my complex and room size preferences. There was no guarantee I would get what I chose. Out of four housing complexes, I ended up being placed in Chatham Square in a 2-bedroom, 6-person suite. It has a kitchen, a small dining area, and a small common area for all of us to share. The housing complex itself has 30 buildings, as well as laundry facilities, a gym, a field, and a pool.

Did you choose where you would work at Disney?  Did you choose the job?

While filling out the application, I was able to put down preferences of what I wanted to do while in the program. I chose children’s activities, merchandise, monorail greeter, boutique worker, and recreation. There was no option to choose where in Disney I wanted to work. They place you where they need you.

What job did you end up with?

I ended up working merchandise at All Star Movies resort in Donald’s Double Feature gift shop.

What do you like best about your job?  Least?

The best part about my job is my coworkers, and getting to interact with all the guests every day. I meet so many people and get to talk to them a little bit and try to make their stay a little more magical.

About how many hours per week do you work?

I work between 30 and 38 hours a week. My schedule is different every week.

Do you have an opportunity to work in your career field of interest?

In my current position, I don’t think I have an opportunity to work in my career field of interest. I have to network more.

Have you taken any of the Disney courses?  If yes, which ones?  Anything interesting you want to share?

I have not taken any of the Disney courses.

What are some of the perks for participating in the Disney College Program?  (Ex. Free tickets to the park, meals, activities, etc…)

Some of the perks of participating in the Disney College Program include free admission into the parks whenever I want, discounts on food and merchandise, and free guest tickets.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The program is a lot of work, but it’s a ton of fun!

 

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Spartan Success at North Rockland High School!

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Matt Simuro, now a High School Chemistry teacher at North Rockland High School, located in Thiells, NY, shares his #SpartanSuccess 
When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?
“I graduated in December of 2001. My major was chemistry.”
How did you hear about your current job?
“I student taught with the head of the science department, I heard about the job through him.”
Can you tell me a little about this position?
“I’m a chemistry teacher at the high school level. I teach honors and college level classes.”
Can you explain the Interview Process?
“For the interview I was called in to talk with the principal of the school, the head of the science department and the superintendent of personnel. They asked me a series of questions, most having to do with classroom management skills, and offered me the job the next day.”
Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship?
“I did not have an internship.”
Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?
“STAC did not help me finding my job.”
Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?
“I am responsible for teaching regents chemistry, at the honors and college level and all that comes with that.”
What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?
“Working with the students in and out of the classroom is my favorite part. When students come back years later to visit and thank you for caring so much and taking an interest in them, is what really is rewarding about this job. I live in the district I work in and often times I run into students outside of school and it’s always interesting to see what they are up to and how they have changed over the years. To me, the best part about my job is the people interactions we have on a daily basis.”
What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?
“Make as many contacts as you can and always follow up with them. A lot of finding a job is about timing and being in the right place at the right time. Always stay positive and be yourself on all job interviews, remember you are prepared and do your best.”

Steven Kasamis and his “Spartan Success!”

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When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?

“I graduated STAC in May of 2017 majoring in Sports Management.”

 How did you hear about your current job?

“I was already employed by Mercedes-Benz at the time and had multiple connections in the business.”

 Can you tell me a little about this position?

“I’m working as an Assistant Sales Manager, I determine whether or not a car makes sense to buy and then sell them accordingly to make a profit, I manage social media for the company including Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, along with many other responsibilities.”

Can you explain the Interview Process?

“The Interview Process was very easy because I was already employed with the company.  My original interview went through a few different cycles ranging from over the phone, to in person interviewing.”

Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship?

“Yes, I had multiple Internships through different companies ranging from Jaguar Land Rover of North America, to the Rockland Boulders.  Both of these places helped me gain experience to not only understand how different businesses work, but to understand different ways to talk to people.”

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

“Career development helped me get two of my internships, as well as give me advice on how to get a job and improve my resume.”

Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

“I handle lease returns and determine whether or not it would make sense to buy them. Buy and sell cars at a profit.  Manage Social Media Accounts ranging from Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.  I also go on Test Drives with customers and advise them on features in the cars that they may not know about.”

What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

“I like the fact that I can create relationships with clients as well as use my creativity in my work.”

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?

“The biggest word of advice I can give to other students is to Network and meet people. 99% of the time you will get a job is because you networked to other people.  Use LinkedIn and don’t be afraid to talk to people.”

 

#MySpartanSuccess Tina Hamamciyan

 

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I am currently a Junior so I will be graduating in May of 2018. My major is Accounting and I have a minor is Economics.

Can you tell me a little about your internship?

Right now I am interning at a small accounting firm in New City called Feldstein and Stewart. I am their first intern ever, and am classified as a “junior accountant.”

How did you hear about this position?

Professor Van Pelt actually told me about this opportunity. He had worked with one of the partners a while back and asked if they had any openings for internships.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

My interview process was fairly simple. I was interviewed by both partners of the firm. They asked me a couple questions like “Tell me about yourself?”, “What accounting classes have you taken so far, and what have you learned from each?”  This enabled me to share my academic experience, whilst incorporating my background knowledge of Microsoft Excel and quickbooks.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

I have to give credit to Professor Van Pelt on assisting me with this internship, but the Career Development Office have been extremely helping in other ways.  Career Development helped edit my resume so it is in good shape for when I apply to any future internships. I had also reached out to the office before I got this internship and they gave me great suggestions on websites to check out when applying to internships.

Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

As I said I am classified as a “junior accountant” so no coffee runs or filing is in my title thankfully. I work A LOT with quickbooks, so this means lots of bank reconciliations. I also do payroll for companies that use our payroll through quickbooks.

What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

I’ve done a little of everything so I don’t particularly have a favorite as of right now. My favorite experience so far though was coming upstairs for the first time seeing where I would be working. I have my own room, dual desktop, and phone. All of this just makes you feel very important and appreciated.

What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I plan to use this internship as my base for my resume. I would love to intern at one of the Big 4 Accounting firms after this and eventually try to get a job there as well. I also plan on getting my CPA after I graduate so I can have more of a chance working for the Big 4 one day.

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for an Internship?

I suggest that you take advantage of the resources around you. Talk to your professors and see who they know and how they can help you. Most want to help the students they see potential in so make good impressions and show you care. Whether it be in or outside of the classroom. STAC has some great resources and many successful people that have graduated here. Get involved in clubs, mentoring programs, and go to the programs they provide (internship fairs, speakers, bloomberg trips, ect..)

#MySpartanSuccess with Kevin Alvora

  1. When do you plan to graduate and what is your major?Kevin

I am a part of the three-two program for Mechanical Engineering, so I plan on graduating in May 2020 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from STAC and my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

  1. Can you tell me a little about the internship?

I interned at a business called DBS. This is a building consultant company in Manhattan. Last summer I worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a condo conversion project.

  1. How did you hear about this position?

My brother was an intern there a few years before me and I was introduced to the company by him. It helped him with his career, so I am hoping it will help me with mine.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

I had to send in my resume in May of 2016, and then was selected to continue the process by having an individual meeting. I had a one-on-one interview with the CEO of the company. After this interview, I received a call about a week later. I was offered the position and I started in late May.

  1. Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Personally, I did not go to Career Development about this internship, as it was a very last minute decision to apply. I was lucky enough to receive the internship, but I do encourage everyone to attend Career Development if possible because it is a very useful tool many don’t take advantage of.

  1. Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

As an intern, I would walk through the building that was being converted and gather information for the companies that were performing this conversion. I would take measurements that would determine the amount of supplies ordered to be used during construction.   I would also create documents that were used to determine many details on the building. These would be sent out to different companies to either bid on the construction or continue what was originally done.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

My favorite part of this internship is the amount of trust that is put into my hands. There are times where the documents aren’t even reviewed and they are sent out to big construction companies.  Thousands of dollars in products would be purchased because of the calculations that I would make. My role within the company was valuable and that’s why this internship means so much to me.

  1. What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I plan to get a job in this field in some way. This internship is a very educational experience, which will help me decide what type of career I want to pursue.

  1. What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for an Internship?

My advice to others is to start looking for internships as soon as possible. I started my internship after my freshman year and I feel like the experience was irreplaceable. It has given me not just technical skills but also social skills. Using the career development at STAC will guide people in the right direction and give everybody the best opportunity to succeed.