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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Surviving your 1st year on the job

GMercyU alum, Rebecca Cordisco '13, discusses "Surviving your 1st year as a school counselor" with the NJ School Counselor Association 

Although Rebecca discusses her time as a school counselor a lot of her tips apply to any job. Check it out at:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2 GMercyU alumni share interviewing tips

There are many aspects of interviewing to consider. Sometimes the thought of an interview can be overwhelming and even daunting.

Career Development and two Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU) alumni try to simplify it for you.

Both Sarah Kratz ’11 and Andy Severns ’09 graduated from the School of Business, shared some interviewing tips. Sarah has experience in marketing, sales, recruiting and teaching and Andy has worked in multiple business areas including marketing.

Interview preparation tips:
  Remember the five P’s: Prior preparation prevents poor performance.

How can people calm their nerves before the interview?
•  Map out and drive past the interview location before the interview so you know where it is.

  Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t break your routine too much and don’t rush in the morning of your interview. Keep things calm and don’t get yourself wound up.

How should I dress?
  Invest in a good suit and iron your clothes or get them dry cleaned.

•  Conservative is a good route to go. The focus should be on the interview and not what you’re wearing. Look good but don’t make it a topic after you leave.

                               Susan Collins, GMercyU alum, conducts a practice interview 
                                       with a student at a past Mock Interview night.

Why is making a good first preparation important in the interview process?

  If you make a bad first impression you will be playing catch up the rest of the interview.

  Likeability is one of the biggest things in any work environment. Making a good first impression will have the employer thinking that the candidate will be a good fit.

Is there a wrong way to answer a question? What if I cannot think of anything on the spot?

  Yes, rambling is not good. Be clear and concise.

  It’s OK to think before you speak. Gather your thoughts.

What are some strange interview questions you have been asked?

  What is your favorite book, movie, place, etc.?
  You seem over qualified, why are you interested in this position?

  What is the number one thing your current boss would say you need to improve on?

What advice do you have for students with little to no experience in a professional interview?

  Be enthusiastic. Know the company and the job description.

  What you may lack in experience you make up for in drive.

What makes a candidate stand out in an interview?

  Being clear, concise and well spoken. Professional appearance and enthusiasm.

  A connection with the employer. Have a working knowledge of the company and be viewed as an asset.

The interview is over, now what?

  Ask the employer what the next steps and timeline are.

  Remember their time is valuable. You need to thank them for this opportunity and for taking time out of their day to speak with you. Send thank you notes out the next day.

Additional insights:

  Job searching is hard. You might not get it. Keep going. Just because you feel you are perfect for the job doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t just as or more qualified. Don’t lose hope.

Career Development also has interview tips and sample questions available on its website at

You can also schedule an appointment to do a practice interview with a staff member. You will be asked a list of interview questions and provided feedback on your performance. Don’t let your first interview experience be with the interviewing committee.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

This article from the Harvard Business Review discusses methods for having your resume stand out from the competition.

Two points in the article that Career Development at Gwynedd Mercy University focus on with students and alumni are being selective and sharing accomplishments.

Check out the article at

GMercyU students can have their resume reviewed by a Career Development staff member. Contact us at 215-646-7300, ext: 21230 or

Check out our resume packet at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

15 Interview Philosophies That Attract Job Offers

Separating yourself from the other competition applying for the same job/internship is important. There are numerous steps a candidate can do to stand out, including in an interview.

The Undercover Recruiter recently posted an article that provides 15 valuable interviewing tips. You can read the article at

Also, Career Development at Gwynedd Mercy University (GMercyU) can help you with interviewing strategies. We also can conduct a mock, practice interview. Contact (215-646-7300, ext: 21230 or us to schedule an appointment.