Speed Interviewing is a accessible and effective venue for students to learn from alums.
The event works like this: instructors of introduction to business courses form student teams around common career aspirations and alums in those careers are invited and assigned to be interviewed by student teams. In under an hour student teams interview alums in 15-minute intervals for a total of three rounds.
Why do instructors do it? To help introduce students to business disciplines (accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, marketing, etc) and organizational culture from the perspective of people who practice those disciplines as a career and even calling. Why do instructors do that? Ultimately to empower students to better understand themselves and organizational culture so that they can better envision what life after college looks like so they can make more informed decisions about their academic program and career expectations.
But Speed Interviewing is only the beginning of our learning.
Here are examples of the questions students ask:
- What type of work do you do?
- What skills are especially needed to do your work well?
- What did you major in at Trinity? How did that help you with the work you do?
- How would you describe your career path?
- How would you characterize your leadership style?
- How would you characterize the culture of your organization?
- What advice do you have for current students?