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Wednesday 10/7/09 presentation on plant trips/on-site visits.

Wednesday 10/7/09 presentation on plant trips/on-site visits.

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  • 1. On-Site Visit “ The Second Interview”
  • 4. On-site Visit
    • Tips for second interviews
    • and understanding benefit
    • packages
  • 5. The Second Interview aka “The Plant Trip”
    • Purpose of plant trips
    • Company has more time for in-depth assessment of you
    • You can decide if this is the right organization and location for your next job
  • 6. Preparing For Your Visit
    • Review initial interview notes
    • Employer’s web site
    • Annual report
    • Promotional material
    • Industry/business publications
    • Alumni or contacts within company
  • 7. Resources for Company Information
    • Dun & Bradstreet (dnb.com)
    • Directory of Executive Recruiters
    • Bizweb.com
    • Hoover's Online
    • LexisNexis
    • People
  • 8. Additional Resources
    • S&P’s Register of Corporations, Directors, & Executives
    • Fortune ’s 500 biggest U.S. co.
    • Bus. Week ’s 100 best small U.S. companies
    • Inc . list of 500 fastest-growing U.S. companies
    • Forbes ’ list of best small companies in America
    • Career Services*
    • Faculty and Staff*
  • 9. Understand Your Travel Arrangements
    • Using email is preferred for communication
    • A detailed itinerary
    • Who makes travel / hotel arrangements
    • Is the company financing your travel
      • Pre-paid or reimbursed
      • Keep all receipts
    • Married…will your spouse accompany you
  • 10. Details about your trip
    • Important details
    • Directions to the company
    • Dates/times and places you are expected to meet
    • Recommended route from airport to hotel or company (shuttle, limo, cab)
    • Expected dress code
    • Required materials you should bring
  • 11. What to take ?
    • ID, passport, credit cards, some cash
    • Resumes, transcripts, other supporting materials
    • Appropriate clothing and shoes
    • Professional binder with note pad and pens
    • Briefcase vs. backpack
  • 12. Arrival and Hotel Details
    • Use hotel alarm clock and wake up call
    • Set your cell phone alarm
    • Avoid room charges
      • Local calls, room service . . . Movies???
    • Do not bill long distance calls to your room
  • 13. BIG Hint
    • You are being evaluated during EVERY part of your trip
    • Everyone from receptionists, staff assistants to janitors may communicate with your prospective employer if they were negatively or positively impressed
  • 14. The Interview Day
    • May need to check out of the hotel that morning
    • Don’t trash the hotel room
    • Know how you will get to the facility
    • The day is usually filled with interviews, no breaks
    • Two types of plant trips
      • Individual
      • Group visits
  • 15. Individual Interviews
    • Average 3 to 5 one-on-one interviews with people from various levels such as:
      • Potential supervisors
      • Department managers
      • VP or plant managers
    • Be knowledgeable about the company’s products, services and competition
    • Ask appropriate questions
      • Avoid questions about pay, benefits, etc
  • 16. Individual Interviews
    • May be asked the same question many times
      • Remain upbeat and energetic
      • Don’t worry about repeating your answers
    • Dining with the company
      • You are always being evaluated
    Business & Dining Etiquette Dinner Wednesday, October 14
  • 17. Group Interviews
    • Usually 20 – 40 candidates
    • May have one-on-one interview time
    • Company will observe your behavior in a group setting:
      • Who asks questions
      • Who communicates easily with others
      • Who dominates conversations
      • Who hides in the corners, etc
  • 18. Testing
      • Skills
      • Psychological profile inventory
      • Aptitude test
      • Drug test (hair or urine)
  • 19. After your trip
    • Write a thank you note to your main contact
    • Send brief notes to others who had significant meetings with you
  • 20. The Waiting Game
    • Find out when the company expects to make a decision
    • No news yet
      • Contact the company a few days after the deadline to see if any other information is needed
  • 21. Negotiating the Offer
    • You do not have to take the first offer
      • You may be given a week or more time to make your decision
    • How to delay a decision
      • Ask for more time—contact Career Services for advice
    • Consider all your options
  • 22. Salary and Cost of Living Resources
    • www.salary.com
    • www.homefair.com/homefair/calc/salcalc.html
      • Calculates cost of living comparisons between actual cities.
    • www.quintcareers.com/salary_negotiation.html
      • Lots of information about salary negotiation tips
    • www.careerjournal.com
    • (Click on the Salary and Hiring Information tab, then salary by title)
      • Wall Street Journal data
    • www.monster.com
    • (Click on Career Advice tab, then targeted advice, then salary center)
      • Can get free basic salary report or pay for more detailed report. Provides salary data specific to materials engineers of varying degrees and experience levels
  • 23. Salary and Cost of Living Resources
    • Career Services' Salary Information at www.career.mtu.edu
      • Salary Survey with recent grad data
    • Remember to fill out a job offer form on Career Services' web site
  • 24. The Value of Benefits Become a Fan of Career Services on Facebook Follow Career Services on Twitter (mtucareersvcs)