‘Interviews’ Posts

Myths of Online Learning

Myths of Online Learning

No matter how much I stand up to the online education haters, they still have a lot to say about the “less impressive, less strenuous,” interactive internet platform classes so many students are taking these days. I do admit, it gets a bit frustrating attempting to refute the critics and show them the error of ...

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

A job interview is all about how you answer the questions… or is it? There’s evidence to suggest that a little more goes into it. Factors like body language, charisma, preparation, enthusiasm, prior experience, and grooming all go into choosing who is the best candidate for a job. So, just because you have an interview, ...

Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Soon, college seniors will begin the job hunt, and other students will start searching for summer work. It’s a great time to review common job interview questions and how to answer them. But what do you do when the interviewer asks if you have any questions? Experts agree that this section of the interview can ...

Inspiring Career Paths: CEO of Kicker

Inspiring Career Paths: CEO of Kicker

College is a time when most young adults are scrambling to figure out which direction to take their life. We often fall into the trap of believing our majors will dictate our career path, and this can make us sell ourselves short. This trend however, was no match for former New York Times editor, Holly ...

Hack College Investigates: Career Services

Hack College Investigates: Career Services

This article is a part of a series where Hack College writers investigate different parts of campus life in order to provide readers with  information on how you can use this service better while in college. Stay tuned for other parts of campus. The career services center is one of the most useful resources on ...

Tips for Nailing Job Interviews

Tips for Nailing Job Interviews

The job interview…every college student’s worst nightmare. It always seems like that interview is the only thing standing between you and your future, so making sure you nail it is crucial. Luckily for you, I am somewhat of an interview expert. I’ve compiled a list of tips that have always helped me get the “you ...

Mint and HackCollege Talk Personal Finance in College

Mint and HackCollege Talk Personal Finance in College

Regular HackCollege reader know that we’re big fans of financial responsibility. For college students, however, learning to budget and changing bad spending habits can be a struggle. To help students learn more, I talked with the team behind Mint, one of the most popular money management tools, about personal finance in college and ways students ...

How to Become More Than Your Major to Recruiters

How to Become More Than Your Major to Recruiters

“So you want to make movies or something?” That’s the first question people ask when they hear I majored in Film and Television — an odd choice for someone with no intention of entering either industry. Yet switching out of Economics was one of the best decisions I made as an undergrad. The courses offered ...

Your First Software Engineering Job: Six Steps to Six Figures

Your First Software Engineering Job: Six Steps to Six Figures

Ah, summertime. The air is heavy with the sweet scent of tens of thousands of somewhat-qualified Computer Science grads, unceremoniously dumped into the wider world. If you’re among them, or a self-taught programmer that’s competing with them for jobs, you probably feel like you’re sitting pretty. I have good news and bad news: It’s a ...

5 Ways to Boost Your Resume Without a Job

5 Ways to Boost Your Resume Without a Job

Look on any job board site and what do you see? A long list of openings that require two or more years of experience in the industry in order to be considered for the position. Even entry-level jobs require some form of experience to qualify. Unfortunately, we’re seeing many college graduates come out of school ...

HackCollege Interview: Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

HackCollege Interview: Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. Image courtesy of Flickr user JD Lasica. Licensed under CC 2.0 BY-NC.

FTC Disclosure: Microsoft paid for my trip to New York, my hotel, and my food. Blogging is awesome!

It's a weird thing to sit down with $14.5 billion, but on Monday I did just that. As part of the Windows Phone 7 launch at the Microsoft Open House, I had the chance to sit down with Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, and ask him about the future of Microsoft's relationship with students--especially in light of their release of Windows Phone 7--the future of technology, and what students should be doing to break into tech fields.

We started off the interview talking about Windows Phone 7, as the press conference about the new phones had happened just a few hours earlier. Ballmer was, unsurprisingly, adamant that he thinks Windows Phone 7 phones are the best choice for college students. He said that user experience with Android phones is patchy--it's hard to know an Android phone is an Android phone when you pick it up--and iPhones only offer one model, ignoring that some people might want a QWERTY keyboard or different speakers. He's of the opinion that giving students a "consistently delightful" (yes, that's really the slogan) user experience over a variety of phones will draw them back from competing smartphone options. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but for middle-of-the-road users (people who don't want to root their Android phone and who want something more rugged than an iPhone), he may have steered Microsoft towards a winning strategy.

Students Now Compete with 50-Year-Olds for Internships

Students Now Compete with 50-Year-Olds for Internships

How could we ever hope to compete with the coffee-fetching ability of older generations? Photo courtesy of Flickr user Qole Pejorian and licensed under CC 2.0 And you thought your biggest obstacle to getting an internship was finding one that pays.  It turns out that as the economy bounces back and people start to re-enter ...

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