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                           IT Connection
       Volume XXIII, Issue 9                                     7 February 2003

  Non-Profit Career Fair                   Join the Staff of the                     Preparing for Medical
                                                Minnesota                                   School
Visit more than 50 organizations in            Technnolog!
             one day!
   Explore career and internship                                                   Information sessions for pre-med
          opportunities!                   -be part of an award-winning team                    students
 Attend free workshops and career           -learn valuable publication skills    -discussion of what medical school
              panels!                      -work with the newest publication                      is like
                                                       technologies                    -admission requirements
 When: Tuesday, February 11, from             -meet interesting new people                -application process
       11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.          -learn more about your favorite science   -how you can be a strong applicant
 Where: McNamara Alumni Center,                   and technology issues
 200 Oak Street SE, Mpls. Campus              -make connections in the IT          All Sessions will be held in 2-580
 Cost: The entire fair, including the                  community                              Moos Tower
career panels and workshops, are free       -attend brainstorming meetings,
        of charge to students                    complete with free pizza
                                                                                     Choose one of the following
  How to register: online at http://                                                          sessions:
              Ask not what the Technolog can do for
                                          you, but what you can do for the           Thursday Feb 13 4:00 p.m.
    How to dress: Professionally
                                                     Technolog.                      Tuesday Feb 18 12:15 p.m.
What to bring: Copies of your resume
                                                                                      Friday March 7 10:10 a.m.
        Who will be there:
                                         Resume & Cover Letter                        Friday March 28 3:00 p.m.
           -United Way
                                                                                     Thursday April 10 4:00 p.m.
      -Habitat for Humanity                    Critique
 -Boys and Girls Clubs of America                                                    Tuesday April 15 4:00 p.m.
  -American Refugee Committee
                                               Need a quick critique?
        Plus many more...                 Need advice on formats, headings,         IT’s 2003 Science and
   Career Panels and Workshops:              Mondays, 3:35 -4:25 p.m.                Technology Banquet
       1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.              Wednesdays, 10:10 -11:00 a.m.
 “International Nonprofit Careers”          Thursdays, 2:30 -3:20 p.m.
“Working in the Non-Profit Sector”           Held in 135 Johnston Hall
                                                                                        Mark your calendar!
                                                                                     Held Wednesday, April 23 2003
       2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
                                                Register in advance at            Richard Gross, corporate VP for R&D
      “How to be a Successful
                                                          at Dow Chemical will headline the
            Candidate”                                                                Institute of Technology’s annual
 “Career in Fundraising and Grant                              of Techn           networking and fundraising gala. The

                                                                                   event will take place from 5:30-8:30



                                                             ITBP                  pm at the Minneapolis Hyatt, 1300

 Sponsered by the University of                                                   Nicollet Mall. For more information


 Minnesota Career and Develop-                                        ati
                                                           of   Public               go to
 ment Network and
                           “Polished” Students Find Success in Interviews
In an interviewing situation, what’s the difference between those that “get the offers” for jobs and those that are left sitting by the
phone? What makes a successful interview?

Employers tell us that the best way for students to do well in an interview is to be “polished”. Polished interviewers are the ones
that get the second interviews, the invitations to visit companies, and eventually the job offers. But what does “polished” mean?
What does it take?

Below are a few suggestions on how you can improve the success of your interviewing strategies. If you want to be “polished” in
your interviewing endeavors, follow these tips:

Be prepared. You must research the company and the position before you interview. Know the company structure, products or
services, and key people. Also, know what the expectations are for the position. What will you be asked to do? What experience,
skills, and characteristics will the employer be seeking? Know the needs of the employer and how you can meet those needs.
Lastly, but most importantly, be able to articulate this to the employer!

Know What Questions Will be Asked. There are several questions that are typical of interviews. A list a questions is available in
the Career & Job Search Guide in the IT Career Services office (for free). Think through these questions and prepare your
responses. Successful interviewers do not memorize responses, but they do think through how they might answer questions; this
preparation leads to a smooth answer…polished.

Be Prepared for Behavioral Interview Questions.
These questions are based on the premise that past behavior will determine future behavior. Employers will ask you to talk about
specific situations and how you handled those situations. Use examples that demonstrate your skills and strengths. While you
need to be brief, you also need to be descriptive. Describe the situation, what you did, and the outcome. Describe the outcome
in a positive way, even if things did not turn out the way you had hoped. What did you learn? What skills did you display? How
does that relate to the position for which you are applying? Be prepared to answer follow up questions and never answer a
question by saying “I can’t think of any examples”.

Know Thyself. Be prepared to answer questions about your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and skills. Think of your transferable
skills-those skills that you have learned through part-time jobs, internships, and coursework. Think of where you would like to be
in five years and what type of position you are seeking. Polished interviewers have a good understanding of what they have to offer
and what they hope to achieve.

Join the Conversation. Recruiters do not like short, quick answers. You need to be descriptive and clear in your answers. Follow
the direction of the recruiter; answer the questions that are asked rather than those that you prepared. While remaining profes-
sional, get comfortable in your conversation because this will show confidence. Relax, make eye contact, and ask questions.

Sell Yourself.
No one will just give you a job; you have to convince an employer that you are able to provide the skills and experience that they
are looking for. You must sell yourself. Show confidence in your abilities. You have skills and training to be proud of; let the
employer know about them. Your education, internships, course projects, and transferable skills are all great marketing tools.
Polished interviewers are able to show what skills they have, how those skills will benefit the employer, and articulate their skills
to the employer.

Dress the Part
Business casual will NOT suffice in an interview. You must dress your best. This includes a business suit, a light-colored shirt, and
a conservative tie. Limit the amount of makeup, perfume, and jewelry you wear and have a clean, controlled haircut. Dress
conservative and professionally. First impressions are lasting impressions and khakis, polo shirts, or sweatshirts do NOT make a
good first impression.

“Polished” interviewers know what to expect, have prepared, and know how to sell their skills. Successful interviewers dress
professionally, leave a lasting impression, and create a positive conversation. This makes all the difference in the success of your
  Opportunity From Honeywell                                  International Service and Travel
                                                                   Center's 30th Annual
   -Paid Honeywell Internship for Summer of 2003
-$2000 Academic scholarship for Fall of 2003, possibly                   International Opportunities Fair
          renewable for an additional year                                      & Photo Contest

                     Qualifications:                                      February 19th, 10 AM - 2 PM
                -Upper division student                                    Willey Hall, Upper Corridor
                  -Female or minority
          -U.S. citizen or permanent resident              Find a way to travel abroad! Check out international volun-
           -Majoring in one of the following:                                teer, work,travel, intern
                 Aerospace Engineering                    and study programs from organizations offering opportunities
                Computer Engineering                                          all over the WORLD!
                 Electrical Engineering
               Mechanical Engineering                     Register to win prizes, including a 15-day Eurail Pass from Rail
             Software/Computer Science                         Europe, and a $500 Travel Voucher from STA Travel!

Applications are available from University of Minnesota        Enter your favorite travel photo in the International
 Career Services, ITCS 50 Lind Hall or send an email           Photo Contest by February 14th to win great prizes!
     request to
                                                            For more information, contact Laura at (612) 625-0161 or
                                                                             Lynsi at (612) 625-1894
           3M Technical Aide                                           or stop by ISTC in 94 Blegen Hall!
               Position                                                        See you at the Fair!
            In Commercial Care Division
             Start Date: April/May 2003
For students of academic level: freshman or sophomore
                   Prefered majors:
 Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science,                    Leadership Workshop
               Polymer Science, Biology
                                                                       Spring Semester 2003
        Contact Susan Yarmey 651-736-6605
                                 Open to all students but designed for leaders of student
                                                          organizations, these workshops are FREE and approximately
                                                          one hour in length. For more information, please contact the
Choosing the Major That’s Right                                     Student Actvites Office at 612-626-6919
           for YOU!
                                                              Planning a Retreat for your Organization
      This Program will teach you strategies for:               January 28, Noon & January, 4 p.m.
                                                             Student Activities Office Conference Room,
               -Investingating majors                                Coffman Memorial Union
    -Evaluating your interests, abilites and values
-Determining which major fits your characteristics and
                        needs                             A retreat can be a great opportunity to pull your organization
                                                           together and get to know each other. Learn team building
      Wednesday February 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.              exercises and goal setting strategies at this informative work-
       Tuesday March 4, 11:30-12:30 p.m.                                               shop.
               in 51 Johnston Hall

 Please call 612-626-7707 for more information or to
                 request accomodations
                                                                Happy Valentine’s Day from the kissing fish!!!
                                 UPCOMING SEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA
                                              Title TBA

University of Minnesota Mathematics                               Department of Geology and Geophysics
Friday, January 24                                           February 13
                                                                  Seminars presented on Thursdays at 3:30p.m. in 110
                                                                  Pillsbury Hall followed by refreshments
                                     Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada
IMA/MCIM Industrial Problems Seminar:
Dr. Lawrence Cowsar from Lucent Technologies will speak       February 13
                                                        Title TBA
on “TBA”                                                      Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada , Title
10:10 a.m. VinH 570                                           TBA

                                                                  February 18 - AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
                                                                  4:00 p.m., room TBA
Professor Ofer Zeitouni will speak on “An introduction to
                                                                  Dr. John B. Anderson, Rice University
random walks in random enviornments: homogenization,
                                                                  Funded by the AAPG Foundation through the Haas-Pratt
hitting times, and regeneration”
2:30 p.m. VinH 206
                                                                  Department of Chemistry
Combinatorics:                                                    Seminars held in Smith 331
Professor Hugh Thomas from Fields Institute, Toronto will         \
                                                                  at 4:15
speak on “The higher Stasheff-Tamari posets and the higher
Bruhat orders”                                                    February 10
3:35 p.m. VinH 207
                                                                  Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado
                                                                  “Radicals, Reactive Intermediates and Transition States:
                                                                  Title TBA
Automorphic Forms and L-Functions:                                Spectroscopy Along the Reaction Coordinate”
Professor Paul Garrett will speak on “Einstein series made
from tails”                                                       February 14
                                                                  February 13
2:30 p.m. VinH 313
                                                                  Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota
                                                                    Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada
University of Minnesota History of                                “Powerful Yet Practical 1H NMR Methods for Interrogating
                                                                  Reactions and Deducing Structure”
Science and Technology                                                                              Title TBA
Lectures held on Fridays at 3:35p.m. in room 131 Tate
Lab of Physics
                                                                                            IT CONNECTION
February 7
“Integrating Mind and Brain: Warren S. McCulloch and              The IT Connection is an informal, bi-weekly newsletter published by the IT Board
                                                                  of Publications for the Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota faculty
Cerebral Localization, 1930-1943.” Tara Abraham, Max              and students. It is funded through student service fees with partial funding through
Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.              the IT Alumni Society. Opinions in the IT Connection are those of its contributors,
                                                                  and do not portray those of the University of Minnesota, its faculty and students,
                                                                  nor the IT Board of Publications.
February 14
No Colloquium                                                     If you are interested in working on the staff, feel free to come in and talk to the
                                                                  editors. Please email the editors to set up an appointment. The Office is located in
                                                                  5 Lind Hall. Phone: 612-624-9816.
February 21
                                                                  If you wish to submit an article or announcement, you must do so at least two
“Promising Genomics, Speculating on Iceland.” Michael             weeks in advance. Submissions may be dropped off in the IT Connection mailbox
Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies,             in 106 Lind Hall or emailed to The weekly deadline
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.                                 for article submissions is Friday at noon.

                                                                  The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
(Noon at Carlson School of Management 2-215)
                                                                  Editor- Jen Idziorek (
“From Bhopal to an Informated Environmentalism.” Kim              Advisors - Sharon Kurtt and Paul Sorenson
Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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