Everyone overall had interesting experiences and lots of advice to share, from their own lives to things people have done.
Here's a quick recap and some takeaways from some of my MAS students and the lucky ticket winner, Ronai.
Things That Stood Out To Me:
* Always follow up with an email within 24 hours. An additional handwritten note never hurts.
* If they make an offer that's too low, counter respectfully and honestly. Say what you bring to the table and why you think you deserve more money.
* As an intern, make yourself essential so they'll want to keep you long term.
* Network, network and network. Employee referrals are a big thing.
* Be likable. Be engaging. Be confident. Always remember - you're amazing. Live it, be it, show it.
Things That Stood Out to Them:
* Turn the interview back on the recruiter.
* Tell stories.
* The cover letter advice was really helpful because introductions can be a bit awkward if not done right.
* Social Media is an opportunity that I haven't fully taken advantage of yet. I can do Facebook stuff, but I'm not good with tweets.
* Salary Negotiation - I'm really humble with money, but I don't want to undervalue effort. When I'm starting out, there won't be much leverage but it's good to know for the future.
* I learned today that when it comes to an interview, every little detail counts. From your tone of voice, to the smile on your face, to the way you shake hands, everything is being analyzed. Ironically, the best way to deal with all these things is to not think about them. Just be yourself, and everything should be fine.
* Think about the total package. Salary, PTO, Insurance, etc. All are equally important.
* Research. Do your research. Know the company. Find out who the Hiring Manager is. "To Whom This May Concern" is a faux pas. Put Linkedin to good use.
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