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Why All Majors Need This Graduate Degree

November 1, 2018

In a world where your career path can span multiple job functions and take on new industries, having the tools that make you agile can be invaluable. Regardless of your current specialty or degree achievements, business school can help specialize your skills, accelerate your career, and enable job flexibility.

Discover the value of graduate business school and how the real-world experiences and engaging leadership opportunities help prepare you for success—no matter where your journey takes you.

Get the Skills that Matter

When it comes to succeeding in the workplace, and in your career at large, you’ll need a delicate balance of hard and soft skills. Sure, when you’re applying for a job, it’s your talents and qualifications that help your resume stand out. But when it comes to the interview, and beyond, it’s equally as important that you can effectively communicate and collaborate with your colleagues.

Did you know that, on average, employers value communication skills over managerial, quantitative, and technical skills?  With b-school, you’ll not only deepen your expertise but also refine the personal attributes that lead to long-term career success.

Climb the Leadership Ladder

Once you’ve landed your dream job, climbing the proverbial ladder can be slow, frustrating, and unpredictable. Regardless of your expertise, it can be difficult to forge ahead and carve a pathway to leadership. Eighty-seven percent of b-school grads believe the skills they developed in b-school moved them further along in their career. And 86 percent say their program prepared them for leadership positions. 

A b-school degree offers a broad mixture of skills and abilities—from leadership to complex problem-solving—and the comprehensive curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects, including real-life case studies and consultancy projects that propel students down a path to leadership.

Shift Your Career Path

With today’s level of innovation, new industries and career opportunities are emerging at a staggering rate. Some jobs are becoming obsolete and others are evolving to keep pace with progress. As personal preferences shift and family considerations arise, there are many reasons you might decide to leave your job or switch careers. Having tools that make you flexible can be vital to ensuring you find professional fulfillment.

B-school is an attractive path for students who want the flexibility to change jobs or industries. With a degree that expands on knowledge, and exposes you to new disciplines, you’ll have the tools you need to take on new territories.

Maximize Your ROI

A graduate business degree increases not only your employability, but your earning potential too. With a specialized master’s degree, your median salary is likely to start $10,000 over that which you’d earn with a bachelor’s degree alone; an MBA can earn you a $50,000 bump.  When you consider the wide variety of graduate business schools and programs, examine your return on investment.

Ask yourself: what is required from you and what will you gain from this decision? Make sure your decision helps set you up for future financial success and that you’ll be able to recoup your investment.

As you consider the various career paths and opportunities available to you, maximize your flexibility in the future by securing your best GMAT score today. Your score is good for five years so you’ll have plenty of time to decide your next steps. Plus, undergrads can save $100 on exam fees—visit gmat.com/forte for exclusive pricing.

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Make Your Mental Health a Priority

By Morgan Howell

October 23, 2018

Prior to college, I was never taught the importance of maintaining and understanding mental health. Being from an African American community, the topic of mental health/illness is deemed taboo and constantly swept under the rug. Within the Black community, it is an unspoken rule to simply not speak about it.

There are perceptions that mental health/illness is “just a phase,” and “it is not real,” and you are labeled as weak for expressing them. However, it was not until I stepped foot onto my college campus that I realized and understood the powers and effects of mental health/illness.

Throughout my matriculation, I have been exposed to the various aspects of mental health. My sophomore year, I joined an organization entitled C.H.I.L.L. which is an acronym for Counseling Humans In Life Lessons. This is a student lead organization that is centered around mental health advocacy. Here, I serve as a certified peer counselor for the students at Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University. Through various peer counseling training, I have learned how to identify and help individuals who suffer from illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

As a peer counselor, I serve as a direct line of communication for my peers. It is my duty to provide and create an atmosphere where they feel comfortable talking to me. I offer them a space where they are free to express themselves by actively listening, making a judgment-free zone, and rendering advice only when asked.

As a peer counselor, there are 3 things I stress to my peers:

It Is Okay Not To Be Okay

You do not have to be a superwoman all of the time. It is perfectly fine to be emotional and need help. Do not try to bottle up all of your emotions because that will only cause more problems to arise.

If you need help unpacking what you are going through, ask. You cannot tackle everything by yourself. Sometimes you need to talk to someone else. There is someone there to help you whether the storm.

Find a Person You Trust

In the midst of what you are going through you may feel as though you are alone and no one understands. I can assure you, that is not the case. Find someone who you feel comfortable talking to. This person may be a trusted friend, a co-worker, or relative. Ensure it is someone you feel completely comfortable divulging personal information to.

Look for organizations on campus that are geared toward mental health advocacy. Often, these are organizations are student-led. If you do not have a person you feel comfortable talking with, try utilizing the counseling centers on your college campus. These professionals are there to help guide you through whatever you are feeling or going through. The services in these offices are completely confidential so do not worry about your information being told to others. 

Practice Self-Care

Apart of maintaining and managing your mental health is being in-tune with yourself. Often we get so consumed in our everyday lives we forget to take time to care for ourselves. Self-care is about understanding your limitations and engaging in activities that are fulfilling, engaging, and make you happy.

Take a day out of each week where you cater to yourself and decompress from the week you had. Do not worry about the tasks you have to complete or anything else. Use this time to engage in activities that you enjoy. Whether it is getting your hair done, working out, sleeping, or binge-watching your favorite TV series take a day out of each week to do that.

Remember you are not alone. If you or someone you know needs help, utilize the hotline numbers below. These hotlines are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are completely confidential.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Substance Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-4357
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1−800−799−7233

Morgan Howell is a junior English major, Sociology minor at Spelman College. After graduation in May 2020, she plans to work as a community organizer to combat injustices against children. Currently, she serves as a Child Defender Fellow for the Children’s Defense Fund. Her ultimate goal is to start a nonprofit organization aiming to provide an array of services to underprivileged children and families.

 

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Unapologetic: Being Confident and Fearless in a Tough World

By Anagha Mulpur

October 18, 2018

Over the past two years, I went from someone I wasn’t happy being to someone who I can be proud of. I’ve become confident in my own skin and more patient with life, whereas I used to be angry at myself and the world—and I’ve learned some things along the way. Here’s my story of being unapologetic in my pursuit of who I want to be.

Acceptance is the first step to improving your life and attitude, and this can take many different forms for people. For me, I had to find peace in an uplifting way, and I joined yoga after a tough freshman year. My studio has been everything I dreamed of and more, filled with women from all walks of life who come together in an inclusive space and share a common love for physical and mental health. Sometimes there are tears during my practice, sometimes just cool mindfulness, and sometimes an exuberant joy, as I learned to express myself and let go of any judgement of myself.

Through this experience, I came to realize that I had been tearing myself down for not getting into business school, for not succeeding at pre-med, and for not creating a social life for myself that I really liked. I became unapologetic for my movements and my thoughts, and accepted my reality.

I joined about ten million organizations when I came back to school sophomore year, rushing and joining my sorority, doing a cultural organization, taking leadership roles, and becoming part of the wonderful Graham Sustainability institute. Spending so much time introspecting during yoga lit a fire in my heart, and suddenly I didn’t want to be timid and fearful of failure anymore.

I wanted to rise up and lead the way for unconventional women like me, commuting from home with a non-traditional background for finance. To this end, I became brand ambassador for Morning Brew, an amazing newsletter doing important work by conveying complex and important business stories in a palatable way. This year (my junior year), Forté has become a huge part of my life for a similar reason.

From these experiences, I learned to always be unapologetic in pursuing what organizations you want, and to pave the way for women like you to become more successful by standing on the shoulders of the work you’ve done. It’s the most rewarding thing I have done.

By putting myself out there, fighting for the career I want and the leader on campus I want to be, I started to grow more confident in myself and who I was. At the end of a horrible freshman year, I wasn’t sure I would get anywhere, and I hated being in my skin—one and a half years later, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else in the whole wide world.

If you’re like me and are feeling isolated, not quite up to par, or haven’t found your place at university yet, confidence in yourself and working up to who you want to be step by step are the keys to getting yourself out of a rut. By being a leader in my organizations and putting myself out there, exposing myself to the possibility of failure through rush and recruitment, I actually received far greater rewards than if I had stayed in the shell I had created for myself.

I’ve by no means figured out my life yet: there is still a long path for me to walk, and there is no magic formula for everyone. However, by being unapologetic for who I am and what I want, and by finding that inner strength and passion within myself, I’ve laid the foundation for the woman I eventually want to become.

I want to shout this message loud to each and every woman on campus today: step up! Be fearless and courageous in the pursuit of greatness. You have everything you need within yourself.

Anagha Mulpur is a junior studying Political Science at the University of Michigan with a Sustainability scholarship, intending to enter finance full-time. Her dream job would be antique book collector and seller: there’s no feeling like holding a hundred-year old book’s pages in your fingers, and no sight like a well-kept personal library.

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10 Tips All Freshman Need To Know

By Vaneza Paredes

October 16, 2018


1. It’s OK to be undecided about your major

If you happen to be one of those people who has their entire life figured out-well lucky you! But for those of you who have absolutely no idea what you want to do in life, don’t fret. College is a time for exploration, so take advantage of the first two years by taking care of your general education units first. Try out a Freshman seminar class, or a leadership class to discover some of your interests. Don’t stress too much, you’ll find your calling in no time.

2. Get involved immediately

One awesome aspect of college is that there are so many different clubs, organizations, and ways to get involved on campus. Love playing soccer? Try out for an intramural team. Want to meet amazing ambitious women? Join a sorority. Sign up for new clubs/organizations during a club fest. You’ll be able to meet new people, and start discovering what you really care about.

3. Homesickness is normal

For many of you, it may be your very first time away from home. If feelings of homesickness start to kick in, know that it is a completely normal occurrence. Going out with friends and staying active can help combat some of the intense feelings of homesickness. Know that it’s OK to call home every so often, and you may also want to try finding things in your new hometown that remind you of home.

4. Find out what your campus has to offer

Many students are unaware of all the benefits their college campus has to offer. Most colleges have some sort of recreation center to work out in, that may even offer student discounts for yoga classes, or private trainings. Many colleges also have a health center, that offer free therapy sessions. Look around at flyers posted and take advantage of all the student discounts you can rack up. 

5. Get Organized

College can be incredibly stressful-from running around from class to class, clubs, jobs, and so forth, so finding your own personal organization techniques that work best for you is key to managing your time. Whether that involves using a planner, downloading a homework schedule app, or buying a small whiteboard for your desk-find what works best for you and stick to it.

6. Sit in the front

Research has found that students who sit in the front of the classroom, typically tend to do far better academically compared to those who sit in the back. I learned this in a random psychology course I took my Freshman year and have always sat up in the very front since hearing this tip. Give it a shot, it can’t hurt. 

7. Explore your college town

If you have moved to a new town, take advantage of the weekends by going out and exploring what the town has to offer. Try out a new café, spend an afternoon at the beach, or go out with friends to a new dance club. If you didn’t move to a new town, take advantage of having background knowledge, and show your new friends around.

8. Freshmen 15 is real

With so many food options available in the dining hall, tempting late-night treats, and the occasional stress-eating-yes, the Freshmen 15 is incredibly real. Don’t fret however, it’s totally possible to avoid. Going to the market and stocking up on healthy snacks such as apples and peanut butter is an excellent option for when hunger strikes. Try heading to the gym every so often as well, as working out can also help manage stress.

9. Remember to relax

Speaking of stress, college can be an incredibly stressful time in your life, and it may be easy to become overwhelmed. Remember to breathe, and practice self-care activities. Journal about your experiences, put on a face-mask, go shopping, do what you need to do to unwind. While school is incredibly important, nothing is more important than your mental health.

10. Be Open

And last but far from least, try to be as open as possible. Be open to trying out new clubs, open to meeting new people, and open to everything college has to offer. You only get to be a freshman once, so remember to be open to all you can.

Vaneza Paredes is an incredibly optimistic junior English major at Loyola Marymount University. Aside from being a student, she also works as a writer for LMU’s yearbook. When she isn’t writing or working, Vaneza can probably be found curled up, happily engrossed in a romance novel. Her dream is to write her very own novel in the near future.

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How I Landed At IBM

By Sophia Caputo

October 11, 2018

Sometimes you really ought to look before you leap. 

Other times, though, you just need to do the leaping before the looking. And that’s exactly what I did this past April when I was presented with the opportunity to work for IBM as a Financial Analyst Co-op.

It was mid April, a week or two after spring break, when I got an email from the career relations liaison at my school notifying me that IBM had an open co-op position for the June – January cycle, and that the dean of the business honors program had referred me (and three of my classmates) for the position. I responded within the minute saying that I was most definitely very interested and excited about the 6 month, full time, paid co-op at IBM (as one does when there is only one available position and four individuals emailed about that position). And about 5 minutes later I realized that it was a paid, full time, 6 month commitment – so naturally I started to freak out a bit. Still, my name was sent in to the hiring manager for the entire finance organization at IBM, I filled out an application (as a formality), and my interview was scheduled within a few days.

I’m sure some of you have been there – at your current place of work, smack dab in the middle of application season, which means interviews, which means scheduling phone and video interviews on your lunch break. Yup, I did that too. I was sitting in my horribly bare cubicle that seemed huge because of the lack of decoration when I talked to my now manager for about 40 minutes. Prior to my interview, I hopped on the phone with a friend and mentor of mine who went through the same co-op program I was interviewing for, and had received a full time offer upon graduation (he’s working at IBM now). 

When you’re interviewing for a company, it is always a good idea to prepare. Learn about the company, what they’re selling, what the culture is described as, what they describe their culture as; understand the company and their values. Speaking with someone who understands from first hand experience is the best way to prepare, in my opinion. 

We talked about how IBM is in the cognitive era, how they are more of a software company now, and how they are continuously striving to adapt and stay relevant. I was able to use this information during my interview which helped in the sense I already had some understanding of what my manager was talking about. I also had the opportunity to discuss some of the classes I took, one of which was Emotional Intelligence – the cool part was that IBM just started Emotional Intelligence education sessions for their finance managers.

The interview felt more like a conversation, and by the end of it I was pretty sold on the idea of joining the IBM family. Now, I just had to convince my family.

You see, I live about 40 minutes north of New York City. For a good 18 years before that, I lived in Central California (and if any internships ask, that is my permanent address and yes I would appreciate a relocation stipend); that’s still where my parents and younger siblings live. Also, I still hadn’t even finished my first year of college when I got that email – I came in a year ahead of the game (thank you AP credits). The cherry on top was I had an offer for another internship that would have me part time in D.C., and part time back in my home town. My parents preferred the idea of me coming home for a bit, but after a bit of coaxing and convincing (and realizing I wasn’t just chasing a paycheck), they were fully supportive. 

Now, 4 months in, my day to day is very different than most co-ops. Although I’m a financial analyst, I’m not forecasting or budgeting. Currently, my team is working on a project to restructure the way in which attract talent and recruit on college campuses – and I’m actually getting to take the lead on it. We’re running a design thinking workshop which involves bringing in IBMers with anywhere from two weeks to forty years in order to get fresh points of view and perspectives to help us brain storm innovative ways to attract talent; this is just one instance where I’ve gotten exposure to higher ups within the company. I also organize various social and professional events for new higher and co-ops, including round tables with executives (SVPs, Directors, and CFOs). As the co-op on the Finance & Operations team, one of my other responsibilities include running Slack education sessions for various teams within Finance. 

IBM was not a part of my plan, but I am so grateful that it has opened my eyes to the world of corporate finance and exposed me to a positive culture that I value and could see myself at in the future. Because of the my attitude and my work ethic throughout my first year of school, I was recognized as a strong candidate for an amazing opportunity – no matter what you’re doing, people will take notice if you’re working hard and striving for success. Wherever you end up, there are ways to add value to a company and take ownership of the work you’re doing; IBM has truly given me that opportunity…and landing at this company was not part of my initial plan. 

As you continue on your path, don’t be afraid to sometimes leap before looking. You might not know where you’re going to land, and you very well might get spooked…but if you’re willing to leap, it will be worth it. 

Sophia Caputo packed her bags and moved from California to New York to study Business Finance at Mercy College, where she will be graduating in May of 2020. She aspires to gain a wide array of experiences in finance, in both the corporate finance and banking world, while pursuing opportunities to give back to the theater community, which has impacted her life since it first became her passion in her childhood.

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Make College Easier: Know Your Professors

By Shreya Prabhakar

October 9, 2018

30,000. That’s the total number of students that attend my university. To put that number into perspective, that’s 150 times the size of my entire ``high school. To say that college was a big jump for me would be a massive understatement.  Everyday I constantly pass by students I’ve never seen before and professors that I’ve only ever heard about. 

College tends to be a place where students are constantly surrounded by the unknown. Whether it’s a big public university or a small liberal arts college, the number of opportunities, services, and experiences at your disposal is infinite. For a lot of students, this can be rather discombobulating, not only socially, but also academically. Wherever you end up, people always emphasize the importance of finding your own niche. This can mean anything from finding your own group of people that share similar interests or finding a major that hones in on your unique skillset. This is crucial. 

College is your time for trial and error. You’re at an age where you’re trying to figure out what you want to pursue from thereon out, while still having access to ample resources readily available to guide you. The task of self-discovery and future planning may seem daunting, but there’s one failproof tip that’s bound to work for anyone – know your professors. 

Every single one of your professors teaches to see their students succeed. Even if they’re tough on the grading, or less lenient towards extensions, they all just want to push you to learn and grow. In your path towards becoming a doctor, lawyer, journalist, meteorologist, or even a performing artist, your professors are by far your most valuable resource. Here’s why:

Better Class Performance

Having a conversation with your professor and establishing a connection with them will motivate you to perform well in their class. When you don’t have that connection, you’re more likely to become complacent and settle with the progress you’re making, or the lack thereof. Speaking with your teachers will also make you more comfortable in reaching out and asking for help. If you have a question on a concept or want to seek advice on how to perform better on the next exam, you’ll be less hesitant in directly asking the professor. After all, they are the ones that write the exam, so what better resource is there? This will guarantee greater progress in the course learning. In fact, sometimes you don’t even have to visit them during their office hours for them to get to know you. Sitting at the front of their classes and participating in class discussion, will automatically help you stand out so that by the time you do get that one-on-one time them, they already remember who you are. 

There is another undeniable perk to allowing the professor to get to know you. Throughout the course, they’ll be able to grasp you’re work ethic and desire to improve, which can help tremendously in the final stretch. In many cases, if you’re at the very cusp of an A- and B+, they may take into consideration your profound effort and round your grade up. Ultimately, being acquainted with the professor means there is someone other than yourself holding you accountable for your work, not to add pressure, but to show you that your effort isn’t going unnoticed. 

Internships and Job Opportunities

Professors are often the most knowledgeable about the jobs and internships available in their respective fields of expertise. Not only that, they’re also well-acquainted with the education and experience needed to pursue those opportunities. So, you can always reach out to them for the most comprehensive breakdown of what to pursue in order to land your dream job. Many of the faculty simultaneously conduct their own research while also teaching, so starting a conversation with them may even open up doors for you to contribute in their studies. 

It’s also important to remember that everyone has a story that’s much more unique and expansive than you’re aware of. You may find things out about your professor that you never expected, which can lead you to many more pleasant surprises. I once emailed a member of the business administration department that was conducting research in the ethics of gender disparity in the corporate world because I was interested in learning about her findings. Upon reading her bio, I found that she oil-painted and conducted her own showcases in her free time, which coincidentally was something I was looking into around that time. So, what was supposed to be a query about her research, turned into an opportunity for me to gain advice in a passionate hobby of mine. You never know where conversations will take you, so don’t miss out on a chance to have them!

A Valuable Connection

Finally, getting to know your professor will allow you to not only create a bond that’ll push you to perform better, but will also help you establish a lifelong connection. This can mean anything from a LinkedIN connection to a valuable letter of recommendation later on. So, once you’ve introduced yourself to faculty, continue to keep in touch with them. They always want to hear how they’ve helped in any individual’s path and some day, you can become an example for their successive students as well. Don’t forget to thank them for their help and acknowledge what you were able to accomplish because of it. 

College doesn’t have to be a never-ending test of what you want to do and whether you have the skillset for it. It doesn’t have to be a journey that you embark on and struggle through on your own. It can be incredibly rewarding and a million times easier if you take that first step and develop a relationship with your professors. They are first and foremost your allies and as long as you show that you’re seeking their guidance, they’ll guarantee a helping had in return. So, don’t wait. The next time you pass by your professor, start with “Hello!”

A native of Greensboro, NC, Shreya Prabhakar is pursuing her undergraduate education in Biology and Economics with a minor in Chemistry as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, soccer, traveling, and painting. Her dream job is to be the CEO of a hospital.

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Balance Like A Boss

By Morgan Howell

October 4, 2018

Let me tell you, this thing called college isn’t easy. From managing your school work, social life, extracurriculars, and job it seems like you always have a million and one things to do. With everything that is thrown your way, it’s like there aren’t enough days in the weeks or hours in the day to get everything done, right? Listen girl, I know the feeling. 

Last semester, I took 18 credit hours, worked 4 days a week, and was involved in 3 on-campus organizations. To say I pushed it to the limit is definitely an understatement. It took for me to miss a few classes and pull a bunch of all-nighters to realize I needed to make a change. That change didn’t happen overnight, it took lots of patience and reevaluation. So here I am now—a semester later—a master at this thing called balance. Now, I am here to help you. There are 3 things that helped me find the perfect balance in my life: 


1. Finding the Right Job

Your job should be a reflection of your personal and/or career interests so you won’t get bored.  There is nothing worse than getting ready for a job you dread walking into. If you like fashion, consider working at a store you frequently shop at or working at a daycare if you like kids. 

Once you have found a job you are interested in, ensure they offer hours that are conducive for your schedule. There are many places looking to hire part-time workers and college students (that’s because we are the best of course). Always be upfront and honest about your school schedule to find the perfect fit for you. 

2. Organize Your Day

Once you have found the perfect job, sit down and create a plan. Make a schedule of your typical day. Include what time you wake up and go to sleep, what time you have classes, your breaks, the times you will study and do homework, your work shifts, your commute to and from work, and even when you plan to eat. This schedule does not have to be set in stone so you can make adjustments when necessary. Planning each day out, in detail, will allow you to know exactly what your day will entail ensuring that you will be more productive and proactive. It will also combat those feelings of anxiety and stress. 

*Tip- Use Microsoft Excel to create a complete schedule. Include dates, times, locations or anything to help you remain on track and organized.

3. Remain Focused

I know the feeling you get when the money starts to roll in. Your account looks good and you don’t want to stop working. You begin to take on more shifts and work longer hours; in turn, spending less time studying and doing homework. You feel good about your bank account being full but not when you realize your grades are slipping. 

It is okay to take a step back and reevaluate your priorities. Yes, having a way to sustain yourself is important but so are your grades. You are in college to get your degree. You don’t want to waste your parents’ money or those loans (because girllll they are no joke). So, if you have to cut back on hours at work, that is okay! Remember what is important. School first, work second… that is, until you graduate.

P.S.: with everything you are doing, don’t forget to make some time for yourself. Your mental health is important. 

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5 Thoughtful Questions to Ask in an Interview

By Jocelyn Yeung

October 2, 2018

A successful interview requires thoughtful and diligent preparation. As you review common interview questions, research the company, and polish your résumé, be sure to also think about any questions that you would like to ask your interviewer. By asking thoughtful questions during an interview, you can demonstrate your interest in the position and learn more about your potential employer.

Before I discuss some examples of questions you can ask during an interview, I would like to point out that it is best to avoid asking questions that can be easily answered by a simple internet search. This is where company research comes into play – try to become familiar with the basic job description, company background, organizational values, and other easily accessible relevant information before you walk into your interview. 

Now that you’ve done your research, here are some examples of thoughtful questions you can ask in an interview:

1. How would you describe the training process for this role? This is a great way to learn about what your life might look like during your first weeks or months on the job. While some companies offer highly-structured new-hire training, others might assign you a mentor or simply expect you to hit the ground running. You can set yourself up for success by knowing what to expect during the training process.

2. What elements of your company’s culture set it apart from its competitors? This question will help you determine whether or not the company is a good fit for you. Organizational culture can be difficult to accurately observe from the outside, so it can be helpful to hear about your interviewer’s personal experience at the firm. If you receive multiple offers, this might be an important factor in your decision. 

3. In my research, I saw that diversity is one of this company’s core values. How do you feel that the company’s leadership and initiatives reflect that? This question can be about any of the company values that really resonate with you. It’s easy for a company to say that they care about diversity, ethics, or employee wellbeing, but what really matters is how they actually implement those values. Again, this is a way for you to assess the company’s culture and see if it is a good fit for you.

4. How will I know if I am successful in this role? Will I receive candid and constructive feedback? This question demonstrates your growth mindset and motivation to succeed. It can also help you learn more about how your potential employer defines and measures success. This knowledge will be critical if you aspire to move up within the firm. 

5. What is the next step in the recruiting process? May I reach out to you if I think of any other questions? This makes it clear that you are interest in moving forward in the recruiting process. It can be stressful to spend weeks staring at your inbox, so be sure to inquire about the timeline for the remaining interviews rounds or hiring decision. Don’t forget to request your interviewer’s contact information so you can send them a follow-up email!

I know that interviews can be stressful, but remember - if an employer is taking the time to interview you, it means that you are qualified for the job. They want to get to know you! 

Be prepared, be confident, and be yourself. Good luck!

Jocelyn Yeung is a Finance major at the University of Houston - Victoria (Class of December 2019). Jocelyn is passionate about diversity, education, and innovation, and she aspires to become a strategy consultant and future business leader!

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