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First Round Interview

Most job applicants will need to get through a first round interview. Sometimes that happens in person. But most of the time it happens over the phone or via a video through Zoom, Skype, Hangouts or any online platform. No matter the medium, doing well at the first round interview is key to progressing through the process and in the search.  That means that all job seekers, as well as entry level student affairs professionals, will need to adequately prepare for the first round interview. This article will help you determine two of the most common types of first round interviews; the logistical differences between them; participants involved n the process; and a summary of how to prepare for each step along the way.

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Your Greatest Weakness

If you’ve been on any interview in the past, then you know what it’s like to be  bombarded by a slew of questions. One of the most challenging ones being “tell me about your greatest weakness.” This can be a difficult question to answer for some. Yet for others, it’s been a question they’ve been practicing responses to for a while. But why do institutions, hiring managers, and search committees ask this question? More importantly how do you answer  the question “What is your greatest weakness?”

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How to Follow Up on your Student Affairs Job Application

Shotgun Theory: It’s the theory that I’ve relied on to get as many student affairs interview opportunities as I can. Shotgun Theory is: the more shots you take, the more likely you are to hit. But this isn’t the best, or only way, to approach the student affairs job search. Sometimes just making a meaningful follow up with the hiring manager or search committee chair is enough to get your candidacy re-started.

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How to answer: “Why do you want to work here?”

So…. Why do you want to work here? For many job seekers this is going to be the inevitable first question.  Seems pretty simple right? You should just respond “Because you have an opening and I need a job.” Right? Wrong. The thing to remember about the job interview is…. that it’s that: an interview. An interview is supposed to be a two way conversation. So at this point the interviewer is still sizing you up; still comparing you against the rest of the pool.  Of course you want the job. But at this point you have to show the institution how you would be a benefit to them.

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