Interview Tips


After talking about how to learn about yourself and how to write a good resume, it is time to think about an interview. Here are 10 tips for a good interview that I’ve learnt in my CEP class.

  • Conduct researches on the employer, hiring manager, and job opportunity
  • Review common interview questions to prepare the response
  • Dress professionally, even if the employer says that you can dress casually
  • Always arrive on time
  • Behave yourself since parking or walking into the company
  • Make a good impression starting from a nice hand shaking
  • Be authentic, upbeat, focused, confident, and candid
  • Be careful about body language and language
  • Ask at least an insightful question in the end
  • Thank the interviewers in person, by email, and/or postal mail

Summer is coming for real! Good luck on your future study and career, and enjoy your summer!


Know More about Your Future Career and Yourself


There are only two and half weeks of classes left, and many students are graduating and/or transferring. Are you ready for the next college or job? If you’re only finishing your first year here, do you already have an idea what to do after GCC? I’ve learnt plenty of information about how to plan for my future in my Career and Educational Planning (CEP 101) class with Dr. Priester, and I’d like to share it with you. Today, I want to talk about how to know if your future career choice fits you. There are certain ways to find out how you act at work, what strengths you’re holding, what careers are interesting to you, and what multiple intelligences you own.

cropped-Strengths_horizontal_poster.jpg1. Discover your top 5 strengths at StrengthsQuest: You can spend $9.99 on the website to get the access code and learn of your strengths. At the desk of many office workers here, there’s a tag standing with his or her name and five words under the name. Those words are the strengths. You’ll get your top five strengths, words like achiever, belief, command, deliberative, and empathy, with the descriptions.


2. Learn of your 4 MBTI personalities at The Myers & Briggs Foundation for free: You’ll obtain 4 letters of how you act at work, extraversion (E) or introversion (I), sensing (S) or intuition (N), thinking (T) or feeling (F), and judging (J) or perceiving (P). These letters represent your personality type at work and suggest you the careers that suit you.


3. Find out your top 3 interests of careers for free at Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC): and other websites by just searching “Holland code quiz”. You’ll receive your interest levels on every kind of careers and be informed of the jobs that won’t bore you.


4. Be wise to your top 2 multiple intelligences for free at many websites by searching “multiple intelligence test”. Therefore, you’ll be conscious of which careers you’re better because of your intelligences, such as logical, spatial, intrapersonal, or other intelligences.

5. Now, you recognize 1 person, which is yourself.

6. Be familiar with the positions you want at O*NET Online: You can search the jobs you want, and it’ll show you all tasks, skills, abilities, interests, and more related to the jobs. So you can find out if you’ll match your dream job after being aware of yourself by following all the steps above.

7. When you’re ready to apply for a job, look for the positions at indeed:

Your dream job doesn’t exist, and you must create it. Also, it’s important that you choose a job you love, so you’ll never have to work a day in your future.


Business Networking at GCC


Contributed by Emily Pelton

On Thursday, October 17, the GCC forum was filled with people from different local businesses. Each specific business had at least one person there who was there representing their company. They were there to talk to students and teachers, to network, and to discuss potential future jobs and internships. They were also there to share their own experiences and examples with students who might be interested in going into their field of work. The business that were there were Maurices, Verizon, Charles Men’s Shop, Dentino Marketing Group, GLOW area YMCA, Concentrix, Coastal Staffing, Darien Lake, Clarion Hotel and Entercom Rochester.  Representatives from each group were more than happy to talk and share any information that they could.

Each company was available for the entire time to talk to each student about any questions that they might have about their company. I went and talked to each person there that was a representative. It was very enjoyable and I was able to learn a great deal about each company and each representative. I also received a large amount of pamphlets, coupons, and even candy from one table. I met some very interesting and pleasant people, and I took away at least one thing from each company that I did not know before.


Common questions that arose as students networked with the representatives were potential internships that the companies offered, and what the experience of an internship would be like. Each company had a different answer. However, their reason for offering internships, if they did offer them, was the same. The overall goal that each company has is to keep improving where they are currently at, and to continue to be successful. In order to do this, it is important to hire the right people. Internships not only help students gain hands on experience, but also allow an employer to see if they would like to hire that student. If the student is successful and well liked during the course of the internship, it is possible that they have secured themselves a job with that company. Although they each had slightly different reasons and answers for offering internships, every representative gave this overall answer as their main reason.

Students that came to this event came to gain general information about the different businesses, or for extra credit for one of their classes. However, I think that each student that came and took the time to actually network left with more than just bonus points and coupons. This event provided the chance for students to ask questions in many fields of business. There was something there for any student, whether they were a business major or not. This event provided students with the rare opportunity of seeing what their actual future career may look like. In addition to the information and handouts that were offered by each company, there was also a raffle drawing for a $50.00 gift card that was put on by the  college. The winner of this drawing was Kamilah Bowens. Kamiliah is currently a business major here at GCC. This event was a great success, and is one that will be well remembered by both students and faculty in the future.