BYU’s Women In Business Club gives advice for acing the interview

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Students learned how to dress for an interview and received interview tips at BYU’s Women In Business Dress for Success event on Feb. 7.

Speakers at the event included Alicia Richmond, a local personal shopper from Chic on a Shoestring; Danielle Wanderer, Qualtrics chief marketing officer; and Stuart Orgill, Qualtrics co-founder. Qualtrics hosted the event at its office in Provo.

Women In Business Club members Sarah Kruitbosch and Jenny Hatch attended the Dress for Success event.

Richmond gave detailed information about how to dress in the workplace and for interviews. Students learned basic strategies to make sure they look professional on interview day. Richmond covered topics such as clothing fit, basic pieces that stretch a wardrobe and appropriate outfits for the workplace.

Michelle Angus, a senior in business management from Farmington, is a club member who learned from Richmond’s advice.

“I definitely need to invest in some interviewing clothes,” Angus said. “So it’s kind of nice to know what current trends are, and what’s appropriate.”

Wanderer told students to ask questions during an interview because it shows that the applicant is curious about and interested in the company. She also shared her career experience and told students to be open to different paths in their careers.

Amber Corkin, a senior from Cedar Hills majoring in business marketing, felt that it was valuable to hear about Wanderer’s career experiences.

“One key point (Wanderer) made was, ‘Don’t be afraid to change your plans,'” Corkin said. “I liked that, because in business there’s a lot of uncertainty. … There are things that pop up in your life that totally redirect the course that you’ve set for yourself. … I think it’s neat that she has this mindset, and I think it’s important for everyone to try to have this mindset.” 

Orgill shared his experience growing Qualtrics from a basement to become one of Forbes Magazine’s top 25 most promising companies. Orgill said when looking at student résumés, they look at “action-oriented people” who participated in sports or work while in school because those experiences require students to make the most of their time.

Josh Poulter, a pre-optometry major from Spanish Fork, has attended multiple club events and observed how attendees use the workshops to develop networking skills by meeting people out of their major.

“We’re all students, we’re not professionals, we’re not going to be able to get jobs from people right away,” Poulter said. “But it provides an opportunity, and women take advantage of it. It’s been fun to see.” 

The Women In Business Club holds regular events designed to help students prepare for careers in any field. The club welcomes all majors. Annual memberships are $20 and include all events, which feature experienced business leaders and networking opportunities. For more information, visit the website womeninbusiness.byu.edu.

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