Career Fair, Virtual Interview tips March 1, 2021

Student registration for the March 4 Virtual Journalism Career Fair is open through Thursday at

List of employers

Strategic Communication (12)


A Place for Mom


Ad Parlor


USTA Missouri Valley

TLC Marketing Consultants

Family Service and Guidance Center

SPM Communications


Insight Global

BRIDGE Healthcare

News and Info (7)

Lawrence Journal-World




Great Plains Media


WDAF-TV/Fox 4 (Kansas City)

Contact about the CareerFair Plus app: Marshall Miller, University Career Center, marshall.miller@ku.edu

Connecting with Employers

Employers recruit talented individuals and want to know what students are looking for

Ideal opportunity to meet multiple professionals in 6-hour window

Share brief bio on yourself (major, experience, skills, year in school and career interests) UTILIZE THAT ELEVATOR SPEECH

Example: Hello, I'm Steve Rottinghaus. A University of Kansas senior who plans to graduate in May 2021 with a degree in journalism. I enjoy strategic communications, content creation and managing social media accounts. Thanks for visiting with me today.

Employer's Perspective

Source: University Career Center, University of Kansas

The interviewers will have objectives to achieve during the interview process (10 minutes). Although they already have basic information from your resume, they want to:

Confirm your competence (knowledge, skills and abilities) to do the job

Determine if you are a good fit for the company

Assess your communication skills

Determine your level of motivation and interest in the position as well as the organization

Evaluate your problem-solving skills and initiative

Answering Interview Questions

Employers determine which skills or critical behaviors are necessary for the position and then ask very deliberate questions to determine whether the candidate possesses those skills. Assess which skills the employer is seeking by reading company literature, and listening closely during the company's information session.

Always listen carefully to the question, ask for clarification if necessary, and answer the question completely.

Responses such as, "That's a good question, let me think about that," or, "Did that answer your question?" could help make sure you're answering the question.

Your resume will serve as a good guide when answering interview questions. Be prepared to elaborate on the experience listed on your resume.

Keep your answers concise but complete. Your answer should take approximately 30 seconds to two minutes depending on the depth of the question.

Focus on your strengths and put a positive spin on answers to negative questions. Take responsibility and share what you learned.

If you need to circle back to a question, do so at the end of the interview

Virtual interview

Greet with a hello. A wave is fine, too.

Make sure to get the full name of the person who is interviewing you and their contact information

Prepare your area (paper, pen & resume) and location (hang sign to warn to warn roommates or other visitors that an interview is in process). Minimize noise. Watch your pets.

Get in interview mindset. May help to dress as if you are in an in-person interview.

Sit up straight. Or stand up to help project voice.

Focus on framing. Face should be centered in screen.

Test technology before interview

Confirm time zone

Choose appropriate background

Dress appropriately. Make sure color does not blend into wall behind you.

Lighting is important. Avoid awkward shadows.

Camera should be 3 feet from your face (ensure microphone picks up your voice)

LOOK at camera, not screen

Send a thank-you note. Email or handwritten.

If you have any questions, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at steve_rottinghaus@ku.edu