By: Tommy G. Meade Jr, AmeriCorps member at Champion Middle School

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t chew gum.

That’s one of many interviewing tips offered by Sam Anders, HR Business Partner at Alliance Data, who recently shared some sound advice to AmeriCorps members at City Year Columbus.  

Anders and about 30 other business professionals based in Ohio pointed out a variety of “do's and don'ts” on resume writing and interviewing tips to corps members for life after City Year.

Do your research on a company, introduce yourself first, always prepare for questions and make sure to bring a notebook were just a few more tips Anders gave to those in attendance last week at the interviewing event that lasted for nearly two hours.  

“Don’t forget-- you’re interviewing them, too,” Anders added.

Another business professional, Jonathan Northup, Senior Vice President and Product Manager at Bank of America, said, “I can tell by your resume if you can do the job or not.”

But don’t fret: by adding extracurricular activities to your resume and talking about your volunteer experience during an interview with a potential employer, and most importantly, showing your personality will separate you from others looking to get the job. “Toot your own horn,” Northup said.

“No one can sell you better than you… Be yourself, and brag about yourself,” he added.

City Year Columbus AmeriCorps member Ebony Beckham said that she enjoyed the experience because the tips given will help her as a young professional to land a job after giving a year of service at City Year.

“There’s nothing wrong with honest feedback,” Beckham said. “The event was very helpful.”

Northup agreed with Anders on a building relationship with the interviewer—“…interviewing is about getting to know someone,” he said.

“The interviewer is probably just as nervous as you.” 

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