From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

November 2012
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Finding jobs. Importance of networking and referrals
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 1:33 pm

So, I noticed that a fellow I worked with in a mock
interview had landed a nice position in a
weekly update.

As a result, I sent him a nice congratulations note and
asked what worked for him…

-  Networking with consequential strangers
-  interview preparation and practice
-  mock interviewing
-  persistence and patience

“Thanks!  It was tough out there.  6 months and 100+
applications … with zero on-site interviews. and I was
… frustrated.  that’s when I got an email from a friend in the
physics department asking if I would be interested in
applying for a job at [Fortune 100].  He had received an
email from a friend asking if he knew any organic chemists
that might be interested in a business role…

They received over 2000 applications, and had a traditional
selection process– telephone screen, on site interview.

That is when the real preparation work started.  I worked on
things we talked about in the mock interview we had at the
ACS(Thanks!)  I spent roughly a week ‘googling’ and thinking of
answers to every situational interview question that I could find.
When I received my interview schedule I researched and read
all that was published by my hiring committee.  I learned as much
as I could about the company [from all sources]…

I nailed the day-long interview….I left there knowing I was going to
get hired.

Sadly, a few weeks later, however, they called to say they hired a
candidate internally.  I was crushed.  The hiring manager did say
to keep in touch and that they really thought I was a strong candidate…
…I thought this was just fluff but I sent an email to the hiring manager
with updated contact info and asked for some feedback on my performance
but never really heard back.

A couple of months later, I got a call from the [company] hiring manager
asking me how my progress in grad school was coming/  I felt he
was just really nice and felt for me.

About a week later I got a call from the hiring manager’s boss (Global
manager) saying he just wanted to talk me a bit and let me know this
is ‘[the] real [deal].’ 
He said I really impressed a lot of people out there and he was going to
open up a new position for me that I’d be receiving an offer if I wanted

So many ups and downs throughout the job search, but the preparation
and hard work finally paid off.  I can’t thank you enough for helping me
get through those first interview jitters.  I most likely would not
have been as confident …. without your help.  This wound up being the
perfect job opportunity for me!

Thank you again…”

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