On Site Visit 2009

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On Site Visit 2009

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

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