“Tell me a bit about yourself…”
“Why are you looking for a new opportunity?”
“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”
Questions like these, among others, are just a step in the interview process that students face when leveraging their MBA. On Friday, January 25, the Kellstadt Career Management Center hosted an event for students of the full-time MBA program: What’s Your ROI? Return on Interviews. Students learned about a different type of ROI—namely, how to turn their business education into career advancement.
Full-time MBA student Reagan Pittman felt the timing of the event was perfect. “With one quarter of the MBA program under my belt and in the midst of applying for summer internships, the mock interview came at just the right time,” Pittman says.
Stephanie Smith, vice president for human resources at DePaul University, kicked off the ROI event with a workshop. Smith reminded students of the importance of networks when re-entering the workforce following the completion of their MBA. Smith left the students with a challenge to assess the status of their personal network, mentors and sponsors. The theme of cultivating relationships continued throughout the event.
Based on desired industry and professional background, students paired up with DePaul alumni to perform mock interviews. Students were given the opportunity to hone their interview skills and receive feedback from alumni.
Pittman found the experience especially informative. “The feedback that I received from my interviewer was invaluable,” she says. “It was a great opportunity to be able to practice interview questions and to also get feedback regarding my résumé in a safe, low-risk environment. We also discussed ways to promote myself to a potential employer.”