3 Interview Lessons from ‘Job or No Job’




The other day I came upon a new show called Job or No Job. As a career professional, I was intrigued to see what it was all about. I read the show description and decided to give an episode a try. I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical about a show that could accurately depict the real challenges, emotions, and triumphs of the job search. The basic premise of the show is a job seeker goes on three interviews and works with career expert Jane Buckingham. After each interview, Jane goes over her thoughts on how the interview went. At the end of the show, you find out which jobs were offered and which weren’t. I figured since this was a TV show, each job hopeful would get at least one offer, even it if just for publicity, but I was wrong. Each candidate has a different outcome, some not as ideal as others. So after enjoying a few episodes of this new show, I wanted to share 3 lessons candidates learned first-hand. (Hopefully you can learn from their mistakes!)

Although you’ve probably heard this many times, the reason you keep hearing it is because it keeps happening! In episode 6, job seeker Sarah has accidently written “Objection” instead of “Objective”. This is a perfect example of how spell check can’t catch every error. (The worst part was having her interviewer, a magazine editor whose job is to catch errors, see this mistake.)

Robert, an 18-year-old eager to jumpstart his real estate career, had a lot of energy. And when I say, a lot, I mean a little bit too much. One company he interviewed with had a very laid back culture. You could see both Robert and the interviewers felt uncomfortable because they didn’t have the same energy level. It’s important to know the company culture before you interview. This will help you dress the part, target your answers and examples, and give you realistic expectations for the interview.

In the second episode, the job seeker Lauren talks whenever she is nervous, which a common habit for many people. It’s important to know you don’t have to fill every silent moment. It’s better to take a deep breath and gather your thoughts if you’re nervous. When you finish answering an interview question, the interviewer might take a few seconds to let your answer soak in and decide what question they want to ask you next. When you are constantly chatting, they may not be able to get through all of their questions or be able to consider your answers.

At Carroll’s Career Services, we work hard to prepare our students by reviewing resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, sharing job/internship tips and tricks, and more! Have you watched Job or No Job? If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I encourage you to check it out!


IMG_5964_jpegLydia is a Career Advisor for Carroll University. She enjoys watching any episode The Office and chasing after her niece and nephew.

Employer Advice: Career & Networking Fair


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Hey Pios!

We hope to see you tomorrow at our 5th annual Career and Networking Fair! If you haven’t done so already, you can see the full list of attending employers here.

To help you prepare, check out some great advice from employers at last year’s fair!

– Approach the recruiters with confidence
It can be as simple as offering a smile while approaching their table. Introduce yourself and shake their hands. If you’re not sure how to start the conversation, don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you! Check out the first couple pages of the guidebook for some great starter phrases.

– Know what type of position you’re looking for
You may not know the opportunities available at a company for your major, but you’ll want to know a general area you are interested in learning more about.

– Speak to your knowledge
Don’t feel like you need to make up things to continue with the conversation. If the employer starts using terms that you don’t know, use it as a learning opportunity.

– Spellcheck (have at least 3 different people check!)
– List specific projects you’ve worked on
– If applicable, provide a link to your online portfolio


Don’t forget to dress professionally and bring your resume!

Career Services Advisor


Welcome from Career Services 2015-2016

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Welcome Back!

Our Career Services staff is looking forward to all of the excitement the new school year brings! Our Career Fellows have been trained to help you with resumes, cover letters, job/internship search, and career resources. Lydia Guell and I are also available for one-one-one appointments regarding graduate school preparation, mock interviews, career and major exploration, along with any career development questions that you have. Please visit the Academic Resources Desk or email us to schedule an appointment: lguell@carrollu.edu or tboduch@carrollu.edu.

Our first event of the year, the Career & Networking Fair, is quickly approaching on Thursday, September 24th from 12:30pm-3:00pm in the Stacker Ballroom. We have a variety of employers who are looking forward to sharing job, internship, and volunteer opportunities with you. Make sure to dress professionally and have your resume reviewed before the fair. Please let us know how we can help you along the way!

Torrie Boduch
Interim Director of Career Services

Benefits of Having an Internship

TODAY“There are numerous ways that internships prepare you for the workforce. They not only allow you to gain work experience, but also aid in networking. In addition to this, you can even decide if a unit is the right place for you. So not only can you build your resume by completing an internship experience, but you will also give yourself a competitive edge in the job market. It is easy to see how important an internship is in order to be successful in finding a job right after graduation.

To start, internships allow you to gain work experience and aid in networking opportunities. Clinical experience is vital in the healthcare field. We learn many skills through practice and an internship allows us to do this. Developing your professional practice is crucial to be successful in the nursing field. This is not only done through skill development, but also networking. During an internship, you will have the opportunity to meet with various staff members (nurse managers, charge nurses, staff nurses, and assistive personnel). Make sure to truly get to know these people because they could be your colleagues someday and they are the ones that could aid you in getting a job within the system.

In addition, internships allow you to decide whether a unit is the right fit for you. If it is, you could have the opportunity to transition onto that unit post-graduation. Internship experiences are a great way to get your foot in the door in a healthcare system. It is important that when contemplating applying for positions, you look at the hospital’s mission statement, vision, and values. These will tell you a little bit about how the system functions and what they look for in an employee. An internship experience is like informally interviewing. The staff will remember how you act in certain situations and how you provide care to your patients. It is important to always keep this in the back of your mind.

Furthermore, internships give you an opportunity to build your resume and give yourself a competitive edge. As previously stated, you are practicing and developing skills, as well as your professional practice. Many employers look for prior experience before hiring an employee and this is a great way to get it. This opportunity will make you more competitive in the job market because you have the additional experience. This is especially true when applying for a position within the same system as the internship was completed.

All in all, internships give you an advantage when applying for jobs. They allow you to gain work experience, networking opportunities, the ability to decide if the unit is right for you, the chance to transition into a position, an opportunity to build your resume, and a competitive edge in the job market. Therefore, it is important to see how positive an internship experience can be when applying for jobs. So, my advice…get out there and get an internship.”

Written by Krista Greene


Krista_GreeneKrista is a Nursing major with the hopes of becoming a Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. Krista is a Chicago Blackhawks fan who enjoys running, scrapbooking, and water sports!

Successful Interviews


“Senior year in all reality is a time of reflection. Four years have come and gone, memories were made and hard work paid off. The spring of senior year marks the end of an extraordinary chapter, but also the beginning to the rest of our lives in our chosen career paths. There is still much more to learn out in the world and the first step begins with applying for jobs and interviewing successfully. My internship was one of the greatest learning experiences of my collegiate years; so naturally, I used several specific examples from my time as a nurse intern at camp. Some common questions that I have been asked are, please describe a conflict you have had with a coworker, tell me about a time that a parent or family member was unhappy with the patient’s plan of care, tell me about a challenging experience you encountered, and tell me a time that you thought outside the box. All of these questions I specifically related to experiences that I had with my internship. I gave examples that addressed certain campers, described what the problem was, came up with a plan to improve the situation at hand, described how I implemented that plan either individually or with my team depending on the situation, and then what the outcome of the situation was and why it was beneficial. The best advice that I can give for students looking for their first professional job is to do your research about the organization, prepare for a variety of behavioral questions and write down as many patient situations that you can think of. Preparing for an interview takes many hours of preparation and dedication, so make sure that you are serious about the jobs you choose to apply to, and put some thought into it before you just fill out any application. It would even be helpful to keep a notebook throughout your time as a student nurse of each patient that you have. Write down what you did well, what you learned and what you should work on for the next time. Internships are excellent opportunities to show future employers what makes you different and why you would be a great fit for the position.”

Written by Brittany Buboltz


Internships Can Help in Interviews



“It goes without saying that having an internship is an extremely valuable experience especially to have on your resume when applying for jobs. There are a limited amount of internships and applying for them takes extra effort on your behalf. This demonstrates to your future employers that you are determined and dedicated to your future as a nurse and are willing to put for the necessary effort to gain more experience and knowledge. I was fortunate enough to have an internship in specialized area of nursing which I was very interested in working in after graduation. Typically if you have an internship in a specialized area of nursing that you wish to pursue it can increase the likelihood that you could be hired there after graduation because of your previous experience. Another benefit of having an internship is you have more nursing experiences to draw on during a job interview. This can help strengthen your professional responses during your interview. You will have more examples of your critical thinking, team work and have a better idea of what your professional strengths and weaknesses are. This can better prepare you for the job application process.

My advice for future nursing interns is always be willing to do something new or something out of your comfort zone. It is only when you push yourself to new limits that you able to grow and develop your nursing skills. At my internship, I always said “yes” whether that meant saying “yes” to helping a physician with a procedure, to learning about the trauma equipment, or even helping someone quick restock a room. This showed the staff that I truly felt humbled and excited to be there every moment of the day and was more than willing to be a team player. With that being said, if I was asked to do something that I was not familiar with or not confident in my abilities, I would ask questions. Lots of questions! My preceptor Lisa used to joke about how many questions I asked but it showed everyone how much I really wanted to learn and grow from this experience. Asking questions and my determination to discover more knowledge actually became one of my strengths. I was determined to have a deeper understanding of why I was doing something so it pushed me to discover more. This strength caught the attention of the administrative staff and I was thrilled and extremely humbled when they asked me to return as a full time nurse in the spring. I literally poured my heart and soul into each day at my internship and it made the experience one of the most valuable learning opportunities for me that I am extremely grateful for.”


Written by Micheala Schwartz


Michaela_SchwartzMichaela is a Nursing major with the hopes of having a career in Emergency and Trauma nursing. Michaela enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and has even been skydiving!

Nursing Interviews

NURSING“When the start of junior year rolled around, I knew it was time to become serious about preparing for my future, and more importantly my nursing career. When I was a freshman in nursing school, I remember looking at the job and internship page on the Carroll Nursing page and I can still feel the awe and excitement that filled my core. There were a few general hospitals that were advertising their programs but my heart raced when I saw the Camp Kamaji Nurse Intern tab. After spending a majority of the last two and a half years of my schooling on adult nursing, I knew that my heart yearned for something else. I have always been much more attuned to the needs of a child than I have for an adult, which is why I decided to look up that camp name again when I was on winter break of my junior year. Since the job opportunity was no longer on the nursing job page, I had to scrounge my memories for the name of that summer camp that I saw a few years back, luckily, I was able to mix around the letters a little bit to finally find Camp Kamaji for Girls in the northern woods of Minnesota. I filled out an online application for the camp, of which required me to fill out my past experience, a little bit about myself, if I have had camp and/or childcare experience, and what kind of experience I would like to gain from this opportunity.

Since I decided to search for the nontraditional internships, the process was fairly quick. I heard back in email within a week of my application submission and a phone interview was determined to be the next course of action, most likely due to the 8 hour distance. As the morning of the interview came around, I had my pen in hand and my notebook ready, filled with questions about the camp, what my expected duties would be, and reasons why my involvement on campus reflected my values and how that would demonstrate my perfect fit into the camp life. The interview lasted about an hour and was filled with open ended questions consisting mainly of “tell me about yourself” and “why do you want to work at camp?” The interview was very relaxed as the director mainly wanted to get a sense of who I was in order to see if my personality would be suitable for interacting with children on a daily basis. Even though the interview was over the phone, I laughed, smiled and let my true character shine. By the end of the interview, I felt like I could really be a part of the camp magic which was inevitably true since the closing remarks of the conversation was a job offer!”


Written by Brittany Buboltz