Posts Tagged ‘interview’

What to do when you get deferred from your Early Action/Early Decision application

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Nichols College in Dudley Massachusetts.  Click the image for your chance to win a $1,000 Spotlight Scholarship to Nichols!Is it a disappointment?  Of course it is, but it is not a time for despair.  It is a time for action.  It is time to regroup and continue to put your best foot forward.  You’ve done your research, and made your Early Action/Early Decision commitment to your college, but unfortunately they have not reciprocated.  The first course of action is to continue your demonstrated interest that you’ve established over the past several months.  Write a letter to the college expressing your continued interest.  This letter is also an opportunity to update them as to any new developments since you submitted your application.  Have you won any awards?  Are you involved in any new activities?  Inform and update the admissions commitment of your new activities or interests since you submitted your application.   An example of an introduction to such letter is as follows: "While I am disappointed that I wasn't accepted at this time, I am excited that I still have an opportunity to be a part of the class of 2015 at First Choice University.  You are my first choice for college, and remain so...” Don’t hesitate to call the admissions office and ask them if there is anything additional you can do to enhance your application.  Perhaps, they may suggest retaking the SAT.   If you haven't had an alumni or an on campus interview, ask if it is possible for you to schedule one.  Consider asking if they would accept an additional letter of recommendation or an additional writing sample. Understand that every situation is unique, and doing all of these things might not make a difference, so make sure that you have a solid back up plan in place.


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How to Captivate and Impress a Hiring Manager

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

By Ronnie Ann Ryan – The Job Search Coach –

One surefire way to make a good impression with during your interview is to let the hiring manager know you’ve done your homework to learn about the company. This demonstrates your serious interest in the position and the business.
As a job search coach, I am surprised at how few people actually investigate prospective employers, and yet, it’s so easy! Check out these resources:

1. Visit the company website and read the home page, mission statement, “about us” section and any news posted. Learn about the business and what other positions are open.
2. Search the web to see what kind of media coverage they’ve received. Look for press releases and other news in daily papers, business periodicals, or blogs.
3. If the business is publicly held, look for an annual report which details the financial picture. Check out to download the report as a pdf file.
4. Search the Internet for customer complaints to get a full picture, although you probably won’t bring this up.
5. Look for key players on and review their profiles. You may know people in common who can answer questions or even the person you’ll be interviewed by.

Before your next interview, read everything you can about the company. Work those facts into your questions and answers when possible. The more you know, the better your chances of speaking intelligently about why you are a good fit and the right candidate for the job.

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