Sunday, January 13, 2013

Twas' the Night Before Interviews

Preparing for Interviews

By Samantha Sieloff
First-year MBA, Consumer Marketing Academy

“It’s here! It’s finally here!  ….           ....          oh no, it's really here."
As I sit at my desk the night before on-campus, internship interviews begin, I can only help but feel a mixing of emotions. On the one hand, when I think about how far I’ve come since I first walked through the front doors of the Kelley School of Business last August, it absolutely baffles me. I’m only a quarter of the way through my experience and I already feel as though my self-confidence, leadership abilities and business acumen have quadrupled from when I started.

On the other hand, it’s only human to stress a little over “Did I prepare enough? Should I prepare more? What if this doesn’t go exactly as I had planned?” But as my mentor always used to say – “A little fear is a good thing.”  It keeps you motivated and unwilling to settle for your present level of achievement.

Then there are those contemplative moments between fevorously practicing my pitch and researching companies when I pause, stare off into space for a bit, and think…. “I am about to interview with some of the best CPG marketing companies in the world.  How did I get to this place?”
I owe it all to the great connections that have been established here at Kelley. As part of the Kelley culture, alumni as well as current students are willing to help in any way possible to prepare us and get us in the door at some amazing places of business. Nights, weekends – you name it; my second-year peers have moved heaven and earth to fit me into their busy schedules to do mock interviews.

And of course I owe thanks to Kelley's Graduate Career Services, who spent the entire fall setting up event after event after event, giving us exposure to these great companies. Combine that effort with on-going, group interview preparation sessions and mock interviews that they have put together for us and it makes it all the more likely that each Kelley student will be extremely successful.

So thank you to all who have helped me get this far! And to my fellow first-years interviewing in the coming weeks – I wish you the best of luck!

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