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What is Interview Etiquette?

Etiquette isn’t the lost art that some would believe and proper etiquette goes beyond knowing which fork to use at dinner or how to fold your napkin on your lap. Interviewing is all about etiquette, in fact.

  1. Show up on time. This demonstrates that you value both your time and others’ time too. Anticipate traffic and parking delays and give yourself extra minutes to visit the bathroom to freshen up before checking in for your appointment.

  2. Turn off your phone and keep it out of sight. Your interviewer isn’t going to see your use of a cell phone as an indication of your importance. He’ll see it as an annoyance. Besides, whether you believe it or not, your cell phone is a distraction. You want to have all of your attention on the interview to ensure you are putting your best foot forward.

  3. When in doubt regarding what to wear on an interview, always overdress. It’s better to look nicer than necessary rather than vice versa. Remember, your external appearance can make quite a statement during a short interview time period.

  4. It may be obvious, but don’t forget about personal hygiene. It’s important to be fresh and clean when you go on an interview. Pop a breath mint just before you have the interview and make sure you take it easy on the cologne or fragrances! You don’t want your sent to be a distraction from what you have to say.

  5. Maintain professional distance. Now’s not the time to act like the interviewer is your new best friend. Don’t get too personal with the information you share – the interviewer doesn’t need to know about the struggles you had finding a parking spot or that you were out late at a party the night before.

  6. Stand tall and be proud. Offer a firm handshake that shows you are confident and sit up straight in your chair. Don’t slouch. You don’t want the interviewer to think that you are meek or intimidated based on your body language.

  7. Remember that you are not entitled to anything. Be an advocate for yourself, but maintain some humility too. Nobody likes a know-it-all or a bully.

  8. Keep in mind your body language. Interviewing is not only about what you say verbally, but also about what you share non-verbally. Maintain an open posture and avoid crossing your arms. Avoid over-the-top hand gestures and cues that could indicate that you are bored or nervous, such as twirling your hair, tapping your foot or looking at a clock.
  9. Relax and be yourself! When on an interview, the employer wants to get a glimpse of what it will be like to work with you. So, it’s okay to let your personality come through. Smile a lot and have a positive attitude.

  10. Send a thank you note. Promptly after your interview, send a thank you note to demonstrate your professionalism and attention to detail. Thank the interviewer – by name – for her time and also add a comment or insight you forgot during the interview. This is one more chance for you to demonstrate your interest in the position and to leave a positive impression.

 

What is CLEP?

CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 33 exams that cover intro-level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.

CLEP was created to help individuals with prior knowledge in a college course subject earn their degree efficiently and inexpensively. That prior learning could have taken place through advanced high school courses, independent reading and study, online courseware or textbooks, noncredit courses, or on-the-job training.

Key CLEP Facts:

  • Students take CLEP exams on a computer at official CLEP test centers.
  • CLEP exams contain multiple-choice questions.
  • CLEP exams take about 90–120 minutes to complete, depending on the exam subject.
  • CLEP exams are offered year-round at more than 2,000 CLEP test centers across the country.
  • Students receive their CLEP exam scores immediately after completing the exam (except for College Composition).
  • More than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities grant credit for CLEP.

For more information on how to register visit CLEP website.

After the Job Fair

Follow up-Make yourself memorable. Think of the job fair as your first contact with employers, not your last. Successful job hunters do half their work after the fair.

Thank the recruiter you met. Most job hunters don’t write thank you notes, so make sure you do. A thank you note shows the recruiter that you are one of the few who made a special effort. Send a hand-written note and mail through the Post Office. It’s more personal and memorable than an email. In the note, refresh the recruiter’s memory by mentioning something specific you discussed at the fair. Thank each recruiter for their time, repeat your qualifications, restate your wish for an interview and attach another copy of your resume.

Write everyone else. Send an email and resume to the recruiters who you took business cards from that you didn’t get a chance to talk to. Also, send an email to all job hunters your met at the fair. Ask if they know someone who’s hiring people with your skills. Offer to help them when you hear something. Keep in mind that 80% of all job openings are not advertised since most people get jobs because a friend recommended them.

Keep your applications in motion. Follow the recruiters’ instructions for setting up interviews. If a recruiter told you to go online and fill out a job application, do it. When you apply, write that your met their recruiter (Jane Jobfinder) at the job fair (in San Antonio, TX, on April 11, 2018). Then emial the recruiter to tell him/her you applied online as requested.

Persistence pays. Remember all those business cards you collected? Here’s how to put them to work. Every week or so, email the recruiter a short note and another copy of your resume. Let them know that you are still interested in working for them.

Keep in mind that jobs open up all the time. Some people decline job offers. Other people don’t work out, management will replace them, and people get promoted, retire, or quit their jobs. So stay in touch and become the first person they think about when a position opens up.

 

3 Categories of Financial Aid to Fund College

Paying for college is never the same at each institution. While some financial aid is free money, you may have to repay or earn from others. Knowing the difference can save you’re in the long run financially,

While you do have to repay some financial aid, that type of funding is just one of the three main categories you may be eligible for:

  • Free money
  • Money you have to work for
  • Money you have to repay

Free Money: Free money for college is usually available in the form of grants or scholarships. As the “free” implies, this is financial aid you don’t need to repay.\

Grants: Grants are free money that is typically offered based on your financial need, which is determined by the information you provide on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal or state governments, as well as your school, usually award grants. Best of all, you don’t usually have to apply for grants separately. When you complete and submit the FAFSA, the federal, state, and institutional grants that you are eligible for will be awarded to you and appear on your award letter.

Scholarships: Scholarships are awards of free money that is typically based on merit or other criteria. Many different entities award scholarships—including corporations, service organizations, local governments, schools, and more. There are scholarships for all sorts of achievements, and they aren’t always based on your grades. Use our scholarship search tool to find scholarships that you may be eligible to receive.

For additional information check out SALT Money website.

At The Job Fair

  1. Develop Your Game Plan. Arrive early, get a list of the employers and map your plan of attack. Some experts recommend visiting your top choices first before recruiters get tired and the lines get too long. Ultimately, do what works best for you.
    • Later that day be sure to return to your top choices to thank the recruiters, restate your interest, and make yourself memorable.
  2. Give Yourself a Pep Talk. This is very important: Job recruiters want you. If they didn’t need employees, they wouldn’t be at the job fair. So don’t be shy about introducing yourself to the recruiters.
  3. Start Talking, Start Wowing. You’ll have a few minutes to wow each recruiter, especially if there’s a long line. So, make the conversation interesting, short, and memorable.
    • Offer your handshake, give your short “sales pitch,” answer the recruiter’s questions, and ask a few questions to keep the conversation rolling.
  4. End With a Request. Say that you are interested in the position, give the recuiter your resume, ask for the recuiter’s business card, ask, “how should I follow up with you and when?” Take notes on what recruiter says. Don’t rely on memory.
  5. Make a Good Impression.
    • Do:
      • Shake the recruiter’s hand, look him or her in the eye, and smile.
      • Be professional, enthusiastic, and courteous.
      • Let your personality shine through.
      • Think of your conversation as a mini interview because that’s what it is.
    • Don’t:
      • Be shy or stiff.
      • Ramble, fidget, or slouch.
      • Say anything negative about yourself, your former company, boss, or coworkers or anyone for that matter.
      • Answer a phone call, text, chew gum, eat, or sip a beverage at the recruiting booths.
  6. Network With Everyone. Talk to other job hunters while waiting in line, walking around, or while on a coffee break. Ask a question to break the ice and get a conversation started. Share information.
    • Trade resumes and stay in touch. Build a network of contracts who will let you know when they spot an opportunity that looks perfect for you and do the same for them.