Think You Might Be Asked About A Horrible Crime With Which You Have But A Tenuous Link Over The Course Of A Job Interview? Penn State Is Here To Help


From time to time around these parts, we like to offer tips for those looking to successfully make the jump from one firm to another. Obviously a solid record of making money for your employer will help but in addition, or perhaps in lieu of that, nailing the first and last interview is key, and whether you're a college senior, a third year analyst or a 20 year veteran of the industry, the interview is something with which some people still struggle. While eye contact, handshakes and how to discuss your "worst quality" have all been covered, one topic we haven't yet discussed is what to do in the event the person conducting your session asks for your thoughts on sex abuse. Specifically, the sex abuse scandal that went down at your respective alma mater. Luckily, career services at Penn State is all over it.

Students may acknowledge that they are primarily concerned for the victims and also concerned for Penn State in these unsettling times. However, students should keep the focus on the job or internship for which they are applying and how they will excel in the opportunity. Students should note that they can only take personal responsibility for their individual actions. Talk about all of the good work accomplished at Penn State in building the skills and professional qualities in preparation for the position, and about the excitement to put those skills to work for the employer. Inform the employer or internship site that, if hired, you will reflect favorably on the employer through your good work, core values and skills obtained through our University.

So, in the event you find yourself being questioned about possible towel snapping that went on at the university from which you matriculated, despite the better instinct you might feel to confess you don't give a rat's ass about the people who were actually affected, remember!

1) Primary concern for the victims
2) Secondary concern for people who weren't affected at all but who suffer from delicate constitutions, as well as for the school store, where merchandising sales have taken a hit
3) ???
4) Profit.

To the same end, we imagine this isn't the first time someone's been required to speak at length about terrible things that happened at their alma mater with which they had no direct connection, so if on your 27th interview at [insert firm here], the matter of the Kent State shootings, the Virginia Tech Massacre, or the Zuckerberg/Winkelvii scandal come up, feel free to apply the same lessons learned today.

Penn State Teaches Students How to Interview for Jobs Post-Sex Scandal [Gawker]
PSU Career Services sends letter to students [Collegian]


Business School Applicants Having None Of This "Show Us You Can Speak Without Paying A Consultant $500 To Show You How" Crap

After years of receiving scripted answers to questions from would-be business school students re: why they want to go to Harvard/Wharton/Stanford/Sloan or what they think of a company's earnings potential or where they see themselves in five to ten years or what they ate for breakfast, admissions officers have lately been taking a new tack in an attempt to see the "real" side of applicants. Hoping to get a little "unrehearsed honesty" and insight into who these people really are, prospective students are being asked to submit "reflections" ("a short, off-the-cut note that must be submitted within 24 hours of an admissions interview") and take part in "team-based discussions," for which they're told to "relax, be genuine," not worry about giving the "right" answer, and just say what they really think, rather than what a coach told them to say they think. Unfortunately, Harvard and Wharton officials apparently have no idea who they're dealing with here. You can't make future b-school students relax and be genuine! You can't! You won't!