The purpose of the activity is to introduce students to informational interviews, career exploration and personal branding.  In addition, it helps students appreciate the value of developing a professional network and gives them a taste of the Mentor Program.

This is a required event for business freshmen enrolled in the career-development course, Business Profession I. For most students, this will be their  first professional networking event.  

For Students

WHAT IS THIS ACTIVITY?

  • You will meet with a business professional from the local community.
  • You will be seated in small groups (3-5 students and one business person).
  • During the session, you will share a little about yourself (i.e., your major, career interests, background, etc.).
  • You'll learn about the executive, position and company by asking questions (aka "the executive interview").

In essence, you'll be networking and conducting an informational interview.

 

AGENDA & LOGISTICS

  • Sessions last one hour
    • 15 minutes -check in, review bios and introductions
    • 30-40 minutes -interviews with professionals
    • 10-15 minutes -debrief, say thank you, and share contact information (business cards, resumes
  • Meet & Greets will take place in Cintas Center (you will receive a reminder of the location)
  • RSVP via Hire-a-Muskie.  Mark your calendar.
 

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW?

  • We will provide you with the title and bio of the business professional when you arrive at the session.  Take a few minutes to review this information.
  • We will have some sample interview questions to help guide your conversation.
  • Be prepared to introduce yourself (e.g., your name, hometown, majors, interests, career aspirations).
  • Have an answer to the questions, "Why did you pick your major (or business) as a career?" "Why did you select Xavier?"
  • Reflect on your career goals, skills and interests 

Your executive understands that this is likely your first networking event.  S/he will help lead the conversation and encourage you to join in. 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE ACTIVITY

  • Don't be nervous or shy.  Our guests are mentors and supportive of this networking activity.
  • Be curious and ask questions.  Take an interest in the conversation.
  • Present yourself in a professional manner.
  • Make a connection with a successful business person.
  • Learn about careers, industry and companies of interest.
 

SAMPLE QUESTIONS

  • How did you get started in your career?
  • What does a typical day look like in your job?
  • What are the duties associated with your job?
  • What do you like best/least about your job?
  • What majors, courses or skills would you recommend for a career in xxx?
  • What type of work (or internship experience) are employers looking for?
  • Is an advanced degree (Masters) or additional training required for this career?
  • What is your advice on getting an internship in my field of study?

Or ask your own questions as the conversation progresses.

 

AT THE END OF YOUR MEETING

  • Thank your guest for taking the time to meet with you.
  • Shake hands.
  • Ask for a business card if you are interested.
  • Share your resume or business card as appropriate.

    RSVP for the Business Executive Meet and Greet