What 11 CEOs Wish Interviewees Would Ask Them: The Most Impressive Job Interview Questions to Ask.

1. What New Skills Can I Hope to Learn Here?

This is just my perspective, but I’ve always secretly hoped to hear this question. It signifies a few positive things: the applicant acknowledges they don’t know everything and it signals both humility and potential. This individual is actively seeking knowledge and using that as a criteria to judge opportunity. They know that skills are important, not just knowledge. – Brian Honigman, BrianHonigman.com

Read the rest of the article here and find out which questions you should be asking your interviewer!

TOMORROW AT 4:30, Deborah Tutnauer ’81 Presents: Demanding Your Value: How Smart Women Can Stop Settling for 75¢ on the Dollar

4:30 – 5:30, Friday March 27
Persson Auditorium

Presented by Deborah Tutnauer ’81, Success coach and mentor

Women consciously and unconsciously carry around old stories and heavy baggage regarding money. Often they can end up confused about value, worthiness, self-worth, greed, power, altruism and business and how all these pieces should come together. The issue is contained within women themselves and the greater culture in which we live.

The outcome is that women still get paid less than men for the same work, even today when some are calling “Women’s Liberation” a worn out term.  As a whole, women still earn on average 75% of what men do for similar work.

This talk will help women understand how they often sell themselves short because of their conscious and unconscious relationship to money. We will look at expectations and unspoken agreements that form the fabric of our culture in families, the workplace, and society as a whole. This will include early messaging, media, business, and family structure. We’ll talk about challenges in how women relate to money as entrepreneurs, in the workplace and personally and then provide perceptual and practical solutions for change.

More from the CWiB Immersion Trip from Liz Mullin ’17, Maggie Bankert ’18, and Caroline Parsons ’17

Liz Mullin ’17:

This semester’s Colgate Women in Business trip to New York City was a tremendous success. I really enjoyed the site visits and opportunities to network because industries like “Executive search” and “Ad Sales” were areas I didn’t know a great deal about, but now I can say I have a point person and a company to research even more and explore future opportunities.

My favorite part about the trip would have to be our site visit to NBC Universal headquarters in Rockefeller Center. I was fortunate enough to coordinate this visit since I am on the Colgate Women’s Varsity Soccer team and had been in contact with a soccer alumna. When we arrived, there were women across many different departments all under NBC that came to network with us. They were extremely excited about the opportunity to connect the NBCU Women’s Network with Colgate Women in Business. Although only one of the twenty or so women who came was a Colgate graduate, we were able to network with all of them on how they got to their respective positions, what it was like to work at NBC, what the process was like for prospective interns etc. I was extremely grateful for this opportunity because NBC has become one of the top company’s I am now looking into for a summer internship.

Ending the day at Spencer Stuart was also a great experience because I never even knew the field “Executive Search” was such a thing. It was interesting hearing what they had to say about their company because they are the consultants leading the search for Colgate’s next president to replace President Herbst. At the end of our meeting they were nice enough to collect everyone’s resumes and promised to send them back with critiques and helpful advice. I am really looking forward to their constructive comments on ways I can improve it.

Overall, the visits to Ernst and Young, AOL, NBC, and Spencer Stuart were extremely beneficial in focusing my career search while also expanding upon my interests in fields and opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise known existed. After coming back, I feel motivated to reach out to the women I met and ask further questions. Now that I have a point person to contact at these companies I am looking forward in applying for future internships, or even being directed to other companies that also offer internships in the same industry.

Maggie Bankert ’18:

The trip to New York City was such an amazing and informative experience for me. As someone who is interested in a career in business, I hoped the trip would help determine which sectors of the business field I found most interesting. Going to EY, AOL, NBC, and Spencer Stuart definitely helped me do this, as each company is unique in its function. Additionally, many of the women we talked to held different positions, which gave all of us some insight as to different types of positions there are in business, regardless of the company.  I think as a group we all learned a lot of important information about these different companies, but more importantly how to best prepare ourselves for applying for jobs and internships at companies like these in the future.

Another great part of the trip was meeting all of the Colgate alumni and starting to create my first Colgate network. Through our different meetings, it became very apparent how dedicated alumni are to helping Colgate students. Having heard the stories of how many of the women used alumni to help with internships and jobs, I definitely plan on taking advantage of the alumni network, especially Women in Business alumni, whenever possible. Overall, I had a great experience on the immersion trip and now know that a career in business is definitely something I want to pursue in the future.

Caroline Parsons ’17

This past weekend I was a member of the Colgate Women in Business immersion trip to New York City and I really enjoyed every moment of the trip. My goal going into the trip was to learn about how different business function and also to understand the journeys of the employers who worked there. The trip far exceeded my expectations. Not only did I get to see how different businesses worked but I also had an incredible amount of networking done throughout the trip, which I did not expect. I thought the trip was very well organized and planned in order to give us a full spectrum of the business world. From Ernest & Young to AOL I was able to gain more knowledge about what types of job opportunities there are in the real world. Although I am only a sophomore I believe this trip has led me in a direction that will help to determine what kind of professional avenue I want to expand on in my future.

CWiB NYC Immersion Trip Reflections from Siobhan Deacy ’17 and Michela Hendell ’18





Siobhan Deacy:

The CWIB Immersion Trip to NYC provided great insight into a vast array of job functions and industries.  The trip started off Friday morning with a visit to Ernst and Young in Times Square.  Here, we were presented to about the company and its goals.  We learned about the objectives of EY and its future ambitions for growth.  After this information session, we had the opportunity to speak with recent alumni who work in the Business Advisory Program or BAP.  They explained their interview process, what they do on a daily basis, and the types of projects they work on.  Overall, it was a good, in depth look at the Consulting Industry.  For the second visit of the day, we traveled downtown to AOL.  The office environment was much different than EY, as it was more open and featured scattered Ping-Pong tables, massage chairs, and nap-pods amidst the office space.  At AOL, we had an alumni panel where the women described their different jobs and how they received them.  After, we got a tour of the office.

For the last two visits, we went to NBC and Spencer Stuart.  At NBC we were greeted in a boardroom with a large group of women.  The structure of this visit was different, as we were divided into subgroups to network.  For instance, some women were in fields of marketing, ad sales, and finance.  Thus, we were able to speak to women in the fields that we were interested in.  Finally, we walked to Spencer Stuart, and Executive Search Firm.  We met with four alumni ranging from different ages.  They first explained what Executive Search meant, as many of us were not sure what the field was.  After they explained the structure of the company we spoke about successful interviewing skills and how to network.  The night ended with a networking dinner with three CWIB alumni, who graduated last year.

Overall, the trip was fast-paced and busy, but it allowed us to cover so many different companies and network with plenty of alumni.  The trip provided insight into various fields and allowed us to understand more about what graduates are doing with their liberal arts degrees.

Michela Hendell:

This Colgate Women in Business trip was an amazing experience. It exposed me to so many different industries that I would not have ever considered without visiting. I have always known that I wanted to go into business because I enjoy interacting and networking with other people, but I had no firsthand experience in any specific field. One of the industries I knew the fewest things about is finance, specifically wealth management. EY was a very interesting company for me to have the opportunity to visit because I was learning about the type of work they do there for the first time. It was also great to see so many Colgate students working together and continuing the Colgate tradition. The next company we visited was AOL. I loved the creativity of the company, it is apparent everywhere- even in the way the office is decorated. CBS was an interesting company to see because it offered a lot of “in-house” services such as marketing. This contrasted with EY’s business model, an independent firm that offers its services who don’t have wealth management services within the company. Spencer-Stuart was probably the most eye-opening visit for me. It does not seem like something I would be ready to do shortly after graduation, but later on in my career after experiencing the business world on my own. Not only was this trip fun, but it helped me see all of the different paths my future career can take and the timeline of it.

I loved hearing about all of the benefits of a liberal arts education. Everyone I asked was very adamant about the skills Colgate offers that are not earned by students at undergraduate business schools. The alumni we spoke to said the technical skills taught in these business schools can be learned on the job. However, the public speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills cannot be, allowing Colgate students to excel in whatever business sector they choose to work in.

Colleen Heaney and Maggie McKenna discuss the most recent CWiB Coffee Hour

I thought I was a LinkedIn pro. I had over 60 connections, endorsements on endorsements, and the best action verbs found in the dictionary. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After attending the Colgate Women in Business LinkedIn workshop this past Monday night, I learned that there is much more to LinkedIn than its appearance. You can use it as a tool, as something that really can pave the way to new opportunities. Other first-years and I worked directly with Natalie Sportelli ’15. She showed us the most expedient way to search for possible employers and Colgate alums that are willing to work with us. We learned the importance of outreach e-mails and how to expand our networks in ways that would benefit us the most. I learned so much from the LinkedIn workshop. I can now use my LinkedIn as a resource to further my interests and search for opportunities that match my career path!

-Colleen Heaney

At this past meeting for Colgate Women in Business, I learned a lot about how to best use my LinkedIn profile as a resource for finding internships and jobs in the future. This meeting included topics such as how to best portray my resume on my profile, by learning to effectively categorize the contents of it. Additionally, one of the things I had trouble with prior to this meeting, was knowing what to include in the descriptions for my activities/awards. It is important to use action words in the descriptions and to specify the names of Colgate clubs or organizations that might not be self explanatory, such as Sidekicks. Finally, we learned that it is very important to have a profile picture on Linkedin, something very simply headshot, like a Gate Card picture.

~Maggie McKenna

Do You Have What it Takes to Lead? Featuring Peter Browning ’63

The Robert A. Fox ’59
Management Leadership Program

Do you have what it takes to lead?
Featuring Peter Browning ’63
TuesdayFebruary 24
7:00-8:30pm, 207 Lathrop
Walk through one of Harvard Business School’s Top 10 most used cases, from the very man whose work is the subject of the case! 

Peter Browning ’63 has had a stellar career as a business leader and consultant. The Harvard Business School prepared a case study regarding his success in effecting changes at Continental’s White Cap Division. Join us to learn of his unique perspective on being an effective leader as he walks us through the HBS case!

7 Female CEOs You Need to Know

Commentary about high-powered female professionals is often dichotomous. Praise for their empowering mantras couples with eye rolls at their advantages and wealth. Applause for their efforts to break the mold meets with cries of privilege being the reason they’re able to do so. This isn’t a column to continue that dialogue; this is a chance to highlight their achievement while also drawing some lessons from their career that can be applied universally to anyone’s professional path.

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