Wednesday, November 20, 2013
4 Steps to a Successful Interview
Most transitioning military personnel have never had to interview for a position. In the military, natural career progression and a demonstrated record of performance have dictated the particular jobs you have secured. Corporate America is different. In order to secure the position you are targeting, you must be able to convince an interviewer that your military experience and demonstrated track record of performance are a strong fit for their organization. The candidate who can best relate his or her background and strengths to an interviewer will be the one who gets the job.
In order to prepare for an interview, break it down into four parts and prepare for each section:
The First 5 Minutes - Introduction
Like the introduction to a paper, an introduction to an interview is critical. During the first five minutes, you will set the tone for your interview. Make a good first impression. Look sharp and present a professional image. Relax, smile, and remember your plan. Your resume got your foot in the door, now you must effectively show the interviewer why you are a fit for the position.
The Next 30 Minutes (The Body)
During the body of your interview, the interviewer will typically ask you a series of questions focusing on your qualifications, for approximately 20-30 minutes. Some questions are behavioral (looking for specific examples when you demonstrated a particular behavior), others may be company oriented to get a feel of how much you know about the position and industry. Your answers should highlight your qualifications, personality, and interest in the position you are interviewing for.
Wrapping it Up (The Conclusion)
You have just completed answering a series of questions focusing on your qualifications, and now it is time to wrap up the interview. At this point, the interviewer is going to give you the opportunity to ask some questions. You must ask questions. Questions equal interest in the minds of an interviewer, and are a critical component of your interview. Formulate three to five well-thought-out questions that show that you are prepared, demonstrate genuine interest in the position, and set you up for your close.
Closing the Interview
“The Close” is a term used to describe the process of gaining some form of commitment from the prospective customer. In this case, the interviewer is the customer. By paying attention and asking the appropriate questions, you should uncover the employer’s needs. The needs that you are able to satisfy, through the use of your talent, become potential benefits to the employer. Focus on those needs during your close.
To learn more about interviewing, click here.
Military Hiring Conferences and Job Fairs: What's the Difference?
To veterans transitioning from the military, navigating the waters of the civilian job sector can be intimidating and confusing. Job applications, resume writing, and interview preparation are all arguably major pieces of the job search process, yet one of the activities that can offer the most success in finding a job after the military is a Hiring Conference or Job Fair.
While a hiring conference and a job fair may seem synonymous, they are very different. Click here to learn about the difference between a military hiring conference and a military job fair, and how a military hiring conference at Orion International can help your successful military to civilian job transition.
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - March 3 & 4 in Houston, TX
Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?
If so, you may be a candidate for Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) in Houston, TX, on March 3 & 4, 2014. This is our first DCC of 2014, and there will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management.
Orion carefully selects candidates for our DCCs that exemplify the best Orion has to offer our client companies. We work hard to assemble a select group of the top JMOs from around the country.
Our distinguished candidates include:
• Graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
• Those with a masters degree or other advanced education; and
• Those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations.
Additionally, you should be available to start working within the next four months and be geographically flexible.
Dustin Walker, a former Navy Lieutenant who found his career through a DCC in March 2013, explains why he feels the event was such a success: “I truly enjoyed the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX. It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to interview with multiple Fortune 500 companies located throughout the nation. I received onsite second interviews with the majority of the companies with whom I interviewed.
The Orion International team was very professional and prepared me well for my success at the event. I am greatly appreciative of Orion's hard work and dedication to each candidate and the event. Thank you, Orion, for helping me establish my career outside the military. The hard work your company does truly changes people's lives for the better.”
What do other candidates have to say about the caliber of our DCCs? Read on...
“I participated in two DCCs with Orion and interviewed with about 15 companies—pretty darn amazing for two days out of my life!”
“The Distinguished Candidate Conference I attended in Dallas was an excellent opportunity to interview with the people who would eventually be my managers. I got to do five interviews in one day!"
“When I turned to Orion, I realized that their reputation stands tall amongst the corporate sector. It was evident from the multiple high caliber companies that came to the Distinguished Candidate Conferences I attended in Baltimore and Chicago. I hope that other quality officers will see the benefits of working with a stellar placement firm like Orion.”
Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. Our next DCC will be held May 5 & 6, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.
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Job Seeker Success Story
Trevor Lumadue, Front Line Supervisor
Michigan State University, 2006
Chris Hurst made contact with me after I reached out to Orion. He was always professional and to the point. He gave me realistic expectations, but positive encouragement throughout the process. He seemed genuinely happy for me when I received an offer, which I found to be an admirable trait for a recruiter.
Chris helped me establish a current resume to fit Orion's requirements, and he immediately found an opportunity at Honeywell for me. I interviewed with Honeywell only after about 10 days from my initial contact with Orion, and two weeks after the interview, I was given an offer of employment.
I am a Front Line Supervisor at one of Honeywell's production plants. My position calls upon my ability to manage a small team of professionals and critically analyze operations to identify safety concerns and production trends. The management aspect is similar to being a platoon leader, while my executive officer experience can be related to much of the systems maintenance and the identification and completion of work orders for the materials being used. As a company commander, I have learned to prioritize tasks, delegate authority, and oversee large-scale production, which has given me confidence to take on a position outside of the military structure.
I had been working with a different recruiting agency that asked me to spend significant time filling out paper work to meet their registration process but failed to show any return. Orion was personable by calling me directly and showed enthusiasm at placing me in opportunities to find employment.
I am truly grateful for Orion's role in me finding a great career. I had been stubborn about finding a career position on my own; but after years of coming up short, it only took Orion one month. They were true professionals and showed genuine interest in me finding employment.
Career Opportunities within Orion
Medical Device Sales Representative Positions with a Fortune 500 Health Care Company
Orion International is currently recruiting for Medical Device Sales Representative positions in Chattanooga, TN with a Fortune 500 Health Care Company. Top applicants will have stellar military credentials, possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, or a Hard Science, and/or graduated from a Military Academy. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a plus.
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Compensation: $65K - 70K for the first year. After approximately one year you will move up to a range of $75K - $80K. Most three plus year seasoned sales personnel earn $120K+.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or a Hard Science and/or graduated from a Military Academy.
- Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a plus.
- Able to operate in a "technical" and very professional sales environment.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Computer literacy is required (must be proficient in MS Office).
- Candidates must possess a valid driver's license issued in one of the 50 United States and a clean driving record.
- The ability to travel extensively is required.
- Candidates must live in or be willing to relocate to the Chattanooga, TN area.
- 1-2 years of prior sales experience preferred.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane
Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in a career in sales for a Sales Engineering Training Program with Trane, a division of Ingersoll Rand that provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and services that enhance the performance of buildings around the globe.
The Trane Graduate Training Program – Sales Engineering (GTP) is a five-month program designed to prepare engineers for a rewarding career in technical sales. The program is geared toward developing Sales Engineers to sell Trane's complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products and systems to commercial and industrial customers. Upon completion of the Graduate Training Program, you will assume responsibilities of a Sales Engineer within a defined territory.
Training for the Graduate Training Program is located in La Crosse, WI, for five months. You must be willing to relocate to La Crosse, WI during the duration of the training program. Upon completion of the program, Trane has a number of openings across the country.
Total compensation is $70k during the Graduate Training Program, and averages $100k in total income during your second year.
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering is preferred
- Possess solid teamwork skills and demonstrate confidence in presentation and written communication skills
- Must be goal oriented and internally motivated to represent industry leading products in the market place
- Possess a strong desire to sell
- Must be eligible for employment in the United States without sponsorship
- Must hold a valid state issued Driver’s License and provide proof of insurance
- Must meet background check requirement
We will be holding interviews over the next month in the following locations:
- New York City
- Sioux Falls
- Salt Lake City
Click here to learn more.
Careers with Polaris Industries
Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Polaris Industries. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.
We will be holding interviews for Engineering and Operations roles in Spirit Lake, IA on December 6th.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Candidates at our last DCC enjoying a hands-on look at Polaris off-road vehicles.
Sales Representative Careers with Novo Nordisk
Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in sales for careers with Novo Nordisk, a focused healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 36,300 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, named on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 2013.
This is a unique opportunity to join a company poised to make tremendous growth in market share in the United States. Novo Nordisk careers are among the most sought after in the entire industry and many industry experienced candidates are willing to start at entry level roles just to get their foot in the door. The product line is top level, as is Novo Nordisk’s industry reputation. Novo Nordisk is committed to bringing on Military candidates, and the program will give you a high degree of exposure for career growth and mentoring.
The Pharmaceutical Sales Representative represents Novo Nordisk to Prescribers within an assigned territory with the goal of maximizing sales and positioning Novo Nordisk as the leading company in diabetes care.
Training: You will be immersed in a detailed sales and product training course starting January 3rd, 2014. This will give you detailed product knowledge, enabling you to influence the most highly educated clients in the world.
Position Locations: Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; Poughkeepsie, NY; Allentown, PA; Arlington, VA; Denver, CO; Austin, TX; Lubbock, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Phoenix, AZ; and Lake Havasu, AZ.
Salary: Compensation is $56k base salary, with a typical bonus pay-out of an additional $15k. A company vehicle, laptop, and cell phone are provided.
Travel: Travel is typically within a day’s drive, with a maximum of 30%-40% overnight travel, depending on location.
Click here to learn more about this opportunity.
Careers with PNC Financial Services
Orion has partnered with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., an American financial services corporation, to offer outstanding career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company, named “Bank of the Year” by Banker magazine (2011), “Most Admired Companies” by Fortune, and named one of 25 “Great Workplace Award” winners by Gallup (2011).
We are currently recruiting transitioning or former military for numerous Leadership roles. Positions are available in several locations throughout the East and Midwest and include:
- Change Control Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Default Management Group (Click here for more info.)
- Business Analyst – Lending Services (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Manager – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Commercial Banking Relationship Manager (Click here for more info.)
- Corporate Banking Underwriter Officer – Level II (Click here for more info.)
- Branch Manager (Click here for more info.)
PNC will be interviewing:
- December 9 in Philadelphia, PA and Cincinnati, OH
Click here to learn more or apply to be considered.
Engineering & Operations Management Positions with Honeywell
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of operations management positions with Honeywell. This is your chance to begin your career with an outstanding company, named on the Fortune 100. Positions include:
- Front Line Supervisor - Rotational Training Program
- Production Engineer - Rotational Training Program
- Operations Management Opportunities
- Technical Opportunities
- Engineering Opportunities
Interviews will be held in Richmond on December 6th and January 10th for Front Line Supervisor - Rotational Training Program and Production Engineer - Rotational Training Program.
Click here to apply or learn more.
Careers with The Hershey Company
Careers with PCC Forged Products
Orion is currently recruiting for PCC Forged Products. Under its Forged Products division, PCC is the world-leading producer of complex forgings and high-performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys for aerospace, power generation, and general industrial applications.
- Maintenance Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Maintenance Engineer (Click here for more info.)
We are currently recruiting for positions in these locations:
- Houston, TX
- Grafton, MA
- Monroe, NC
- Huntington, WV
- Los Angeles, CA
To learn more, please click here.
Careers with ConocoPhillips
Orion International is currently recruiting for multiple career opportunities with ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production companies based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With over 17,000 employees worldwide ConocoPhillips is active in almost 30 countries.
We are currently recruiting for these positions:
- Drilling Engineer
- Network Analyst
- Completions Engineer
- Lead Planner
- Project Field Scheduler
- Project Planner
Click here to learn more or apply.
Engineering and Sales Careers with Michelin
We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Sales positions for Michelin. Michelin is proud to provide great civilian jobs for military officers.
At Michelin, an Industrial engineering job is one of our top entry level jobs for former military officers. The Industrial Engineer regularly studies, analyzes, presents and implements agreed upon recommendations. Project work includes analysis in machine capacity, material flow, expansion needs, manpower planning, and productivity and efficiency improvements. The Industrial Engineer also develops and utilizes classical Industrial Engineering techniques, administrative responsibilities, and project facilitation after an in-depth 6 month training program.
Territory Sales Manager
The Territory Sales Manager is part of the national sales force of Michelin North America, Inc and serves as the main Michelin representative for dealer and end user accounts in an assigned geographic territory.
Area Sales Manager
The Area Sales Manager is responsible for effectively representing Michelin and for increasing sales of Passenger and Light Truck tires with assigned Customers in support of distribution strategy.
Business Unit Leader
The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages day-to-day priorities of processes and direct reports, ensuring production and quality goals are met per the plant business plan. The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages the cost control budget for area equipment, and provides team communication on company, plant, and department business plan objectives and performance. Also, the Business Unit Leader schedules employee training, monitors employee performance, provides guidance, and appraises and counsels individual employees to further develop their interpersonal skills and improve performance.
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