The Minnesota School of Business Blaine campus recently hosted an Employer Panel as part of its Career Capstone class. The event brought area employers onto campus to answer questions and help prepare students for their job search. The Employer Panel gave students a glimpse of what employers look for in the candidates they interview, their hiring process, and general job searching tips.
The discussion took place on Nov. 6 and included three recent Minnesota School of Business graduates who are now working in their professional fields. Business management graduate Renee Kirchner works as the human resources director for Chisago County. Scott Eaton, a graduate of the business administration degree program, works as an account manager for Deluxe Corporation in Shoreview, Minn. Amy Winscher, a graduate of the health care management program, represented CCP Works! of St. Paul, where she works as the operations manager.
The students and future job seekers asked employers their top five questions about the hiring process and professional documents. The questions were:
- What makes a resume stand out in a positive way to you?
- Can you talk about Facebook and other social networking sites? What is your experience on dealing with these sites as part of the hiring process?
- What are some common questions you ask in an interview?
- What types of questions do you see candidates struggle with the most?
- What type of follow-up is considered appropriate following an interview?
Panelist Renee Kirchner, stated, “I feel that it is very valuable for the students to be able to talk to us on an informal basis and ask the questions they would be afraid to ask a potential employer. To know what an employer is looking for and thinking should give them a great foundation for a successful interview.”
Business administration student, Eric Stier, stated, “I learned to ask questions following an interview. It shows that you are interested in the company and would like to know more about them.”
Panelist Amy Winsher added, “It was a fun event. It also allowed me to gain some professional advice from others on the panel.”
The panel was led by Career Capstone Instructor, Melissa Young, who is also the associate director of career services for the Minnesota School of Business-Blaine campus. The Career Capstone class is offered each quarter at Minnesota School of Business in Blaine. For questions regarding the Career Capstone Class or the Employer Panel, please contact Melissa Young, associate director of career services at firstname.lastname@example.org.