My udergrad alam-mater contacted me about a new alumni mentoring initiative they had started. This is certainly nothing new - many colleges do it - nor was I special in being contacted. I added my name to the list and filled out the online data form, and then I started thinking about what the heck I would actually tell someone if they contacted me.
One of the most intimidating aspects of getting a new job after college (at least for me) was the first job interview. So here's a few things I jotted down.
- Check out the company. This should be obvious nowadays. Check out the company website. Then dig deeper: what division would you work for, what do they make, who are their competitors, etc.
- Check out the interviewers. Look at their LinkedIn profiles. Look at any papers they've published. Who do they report to?
- Review the technology. If you're not that familiar with the industry, spend a couple days and get familiar. Download a PDF primer, read about it on wikipedia, whatever.
- Consider what you'll be testing. (This one is very specific to test engineering, but that's what I do.) Find out what you'd be testing and spend some time thinking about how you would test it. I guarantee you will be asked questions relating to that topic.
If I do ever get contacted, maybe I'll write about the actual experience.