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Chris Watts recently accepted a position as a Supervisor of Operations with Oppenheimer Funds. He credits Daniels’ Robin Kane with preparing him for aspects of the interviewing and hiring process. “From an evaluation of the position itself and looking at future opportunities within the company, Robin helped me to understand that getting my foot in the door was a big step to begin with seeing that I was making a big change from the healthcare industry to the finance industry”. Watts took great care in learning about the company, networking and proving himself. “When I was going through the negotiating process of my job offer, Robin took the time to discuss salary negotiation as well as giving a value to the benefits I was going to receive to really understand the total worth of what I was getting. Throughout my job search she was very encouraging and kept me focused on networking and doing informational interviews — while remaining confident in my skills and abilities as I went through the good and bad parts of the process”.

Chris’s advice: “You are going to go through periods of optimism, feelings of no worries, pessimism, disappointed, freaking out, etc., but if you have a plan and you¹re following through with it you¹ll make it through all the negative emotional states unscathed.”

“Prepare to wait to hear from people. Even after following up from my interviews, it took me weeks to hear back from people about the next steps in the application process.”

Chris’s Steps for Success:

DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!Preview Changes

1) Know the job you’re applying for and how your experience can fit what they need. Soft skills are important and can be applied to almost every job. Hard skills can be a little difficult to cross over and use in different jobs but you can be intelligently creative and find ways to apply them.

2) If you know who you are going to interview with, look him or her up on LinkedIn or the company website and take some notes.

3) Prepare for scenario questions and practice your responses.

4) Prepare questions for the employer regarding the job functions, typical day in that position, how your manager would define success and how you would contribute to the company’s success.