Interview Materials

When company’s are looking to hire people, the interview process is the one that leaves the most memorable impact on the company/people interviewing you. So, that being said, you should always come to interviews very prepared. You could do this by researching the company, prepare questions and answers that are commonly asked, as well as questions for you to ask them. It is also a very good idea to compare your qualifications and skills to the job requirements, before hand. This way it helps you be more prepared when they ask questions about why you are applying for this specific position, and why for this company.

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Professional Self Introduction

“My name is Becca Estby and I am a Senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with a minor in Psychology. These two go hand in hand, with HR helping the organization reach its goals through individuals in the workplace and with Psychology setting out to better understand individual people and groups of people. I have always been the type of person that wants to help in any situation, so that is why I have chosen the path I have so far, and why I have picked it as a future career. As a highly self-motivated and driven person, I strive to be able to obtain a job that allows me to continue to reach my personal and professional goals in the career field and to obtain as much knowledge in the industry. I feel that a Human Resources role is where I would flourish, because in an HR role, the success of the organization is driven by the people.”

S/TAR Examples

“Situation (S): While working with individuals not “tech” savvy, I found that communicating with them can be very difficult in multiple aspects. These individuals were not able to serve as effective members of the team”.
Action (A): By creating and sharing a powerpoint on how to easily access the new technology and how to use it, and providing real life scenarios, I was able to deliver a step by step tutorial on the applications.
Result (R): The company had an increase in productivity. Effective communication is critical in an organization. As a whole, we started emailing more frequently, checking in on sales status and customer feedback. Our employees seemed to further grasp how to use the required technology.
Situation (S): While being placed in a leadership position at Pebble Creek golf course, I was having a difficult time training individuals on the new menu which seemed pretty complex to memorize.
Action (A): I implemented a color coded system that made memorizing the drink list easier to grasp. I also made posters of drink prices for everyone to take home.
Result (R): The overall learning process sped up. Customers seemed happier and so did management. Training and tasking became expedited. Members were motivated and willing to learn.
Situation (S): One of my employees began cheating the system and clocking out hours after his shift was over. Other employees began to model his unprofessional behavior and members of the golf course were upset.
Action (A): I warned him multiple times that what he was doing was unfair. I approached him in private and his behavior did not improve. I ended up getting management involved to correct this issue.
Result (R): Management stopped using the application that allowed employees to clock out on their cellular devices. This saved the golf course money and further held employees more accountable for their actions.”