ASPIRE. ADVANCE. ACHIEVE.
Our main networking event is Evening with Industry where female engineers share their experiences and giving their pearls of wisdom. EWI allows students and employers to connect on a personal level over dinner. It is futile to network and understand the qualifications and characteristics different companies are seeking. With the right preparation, attending Evening with Industry will land you a great mentor and possibly obtaining an internship or job.
Creating an Elevator Pitch about Yourself:
What is an Elevator Pitch? An elevator pitch is a short, persuasive speech that you use to succinctly spark interest to the listener. You can also use them to create interest in a project, idea, or product – or in yourself. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name.
- Identify Your Audience: Start by thinking about the objectives of company you would pitch to and the type of position you hope to receive at the company.
- Explain What You Do: Start your pitch by describing who you are and what you currently do. Then describe your least greatest achievements and work your way towards talking about greatest ones. Focus on the experiences you learned from or the problems you have solved. Lastly, always end with a form of appreciation.
10 Tips on Preparing for an Interview:
- Be prepared- Research the firm or organisation for which you are being interviewed and find out about the position for which you are applying.Use the internet, friends and relatives or contact the organisation to get information about them and the position. Be prepared to talk about the organisation and why you want to work there.
- Dress for the job- Wear the most formal attire that you would likely need to wear in that position. Show the employer how you could represent their organisation.
- Be aware of your skills, abilities and experiences- Be able to talk about how you could contribute to the organisation. Show that you believe you can do the job by referring to your skills, abilities and experience.
- Be ready to ask relevant questions- The interview is not only for the employer. The interview is also for you to learn about the position and see if it really is for you. If you are properly prepared, you should generally know about the position and can ask questions relevant to you if your application is successful.
- Take relevant material to the interview- For example, copies of your resume, certificates, references or names and contact details of referees.
- Don't be late for the interview- Plan your time to arrive early and compose yourself before the interview.
- Don't panic- An employer will not be trying to trip you up during the interview.
- Don't lie about your skills and experience- It is important to be truthful and positive about your skills, abilities and experience but do not make things up. Show the interviewer who you really are.
- Don't post too much on Facebook and other social networking sites- Employers now use social networking sites to gather information on prospective employees. Be careful what you post.
- Don't be discouraged if you do not get the job- Remember that there are probably many applicants and only one will get the job. Try to get feedback about why you did not get the position. Learn from the experience and aim to be better at the next interview.
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