By Lilei Zhao & Mina Long
On September 24th, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS), Zicklin Women in Business (ZWIB), and GCMC hosted “Student Mock Interview Morning.” Below are recaps from this exciting event:
Our Mock Interview event was a great success! ZGAS, ZWIB, and GCMC coordinated to host this event and provided Baruch students with an excellent opportunity to network with professionals within different industries. I had a very interesting and productive experience attending this event.
I met with a manager from Deloitte who works in the same practice as I interned. She offered advice regarding my future career development and networking skills. Hearing about her experience further inspired me to broaden my understanding of the financial industry and continue improving my communication skills.
Hopefully Baruch will host more mentoring events, and I look forward to contributing to such events through ZGAS. I believe Baruch’s alumni network is a unique advantage, and Baruch students and staff should maximize the impact of our alumni networks.
- Lilei Zhao
It was a wonderful experience to get closer to the professionals during the mock interview morning event. On the morning of September 24, if you happened to view the inside of the auditorium, you would be amazed by the magnificent view. More than forty numbered tables were elegantly setup in the room, with two chairs on each side of the tables.
All professionals and students were focused on their conversations, and exchanged thoughts and ideas. I felt so much energy in the room. Professionals paid close attention during the mock interview and provided timely feedback to students. Students were well-prepared and provided strong answers to the interview questions.
Personally, I was honored to meet with one of the professionals. He was extremely patient to review my resume, answer my questions, and provide feedback on my interview skills. The inspiring comments and his precious insights offered me tremendous help to improve myself and become prepared for future challenges.
- Mina Long
By: Nikki Gao
October 1, 2015: As the on-campus recruiting (OCR) season is occuring, students are finding ways to practice interview skills. To meet their needs, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) invited six professionals from EY to share their insights on how to ace the interview process. We were especially grateful to have Molly John, an Assurance Partner at EY, visit campus and give a wonderful presentation: The Winning Interview.
As Molly mentioned, there are three points students should always remember, also referred to as the 3Ps: Preparation, Performance, and Punctuation.
1. Preparation - Molly explained the importance of having a well written resume, doing detailed research about the company, and giving a great first impression by dressing professionally.
2. Performance – There are three critical items related to performance: Strategy – be prepared for unexpected questions and strengthen your position during the conversation; experience – identify the universal competencies firms seek and tell stories to present them well; and communication – be aware of your non-verbal communication and use your body language as well as your words to make your ideas last in the interviewer’s mind.
3. Punctuation entails correspondence, connections, and creativity. Send follow-up emails in a timely manner, reach out to alumni who have recently graduated and now work with your desired employer, and make a lasting impression by referring back to important points discussed during the interview.
After the presentation, there was a group discussion session. During this session, six professionals were each assigned to a table and given a list of interview questions to discuss with students. EY professionals randomly assigned questions amongst the students and provided advice on how to better answer the questions. As a result, students gained valuable insights on top accounting firms’ expectations and became mindful about the best strategies to win the battle.
There was a lot of positive feedback from both EY professionals and students. ZGAS is always around to help connect students and professionals. We hope everyone found this event helpful and we look forward to hosting this type of event during the next OCR season!
Hello ZGAS Members,