Middle Tennessee State University Interview with Jack Robins Memorandum

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The instructions for the Career Report are on pages 35-37 in the Study Guide. On page 37, there are instructions about the Format. Ignore the last instruction, (No. 5). You do not need to provide copies of your research data or questions for your interview. It should be in memo format and no more than a page and half.

If you can not find someone to interview, I will accept a brief report on your exploration into the career you would like to follow. Mention the sources of your research came from, it is memo format and you do not need to do APA citation. However, I will take off points for any hyper-links or HTML’s.

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Interview Suggestions Many students have reported that at first they were quite nervous about contacting someone for an interview. They also reported that after the interview, they were pleasantly surprised by the warm reception they received. If you do feel intimidated or nervous, a few suggestions might be helpful. 1. Ask family and friends if they know a good candidate. Sometimes that connection is a good icebreaker. 2. Keep in mind the perspective of the interview subject. Most people find it quite flattering to be asked. After all, what you're saying to the person is that what he/she does for a living is so interesting and important that you've decided to follow the same career path. 3. Don't be discouraged if the first few people say “no.” Remember that professionals are usually effective time managers and have to make quick decisions. Don't take a “no” personally. It probably just means the person is too busy, nothing more. 4. Although conducting an interview in person (face-to-face) is best, suggest a phone interview if time or travel constraints are a problem. Exchanging email is another possibility After you've arranged an interview, a little planning is a good idea. You should prepare a few specific questions in advance. Maybe asking the person's background, education, training and what a typical day is like would make a good start. But allow space in your notebook for the unexpected. Always be ready to follow a good lead. Let the interview subject do most of the talking, but gently guide him/her back to the topic when necessary. Avoid using a tape recorder, unless you have to, and then get permission to record from the person you'll be interviewing. Tape recorders can cause more problems than they solve. First, as soon as the recorder goes on, the interview subject quits talking. Most people are intimidated or at least made nervous by a tape recorder. Second, remember your goal is to report (in summary and paraphrase form) what you found out. You will not be giving an exact transcript of the interview. Notes are much easier to work from than recordings in this situation. If you've ever transcribed a tape, you will understand. So go with a pen and notebook, unless you have a very good reason for doing otherwise. After you've done the library research and conducted the interview, organize your information into categories. Career Report For this assignment you are asked to gather information from at least two sources: 1) available on line); and 2) an interview with either a professional who is employed in the field in which you plan to work or a professor who teaches in your intended major area of study. You should ask the reference librarian at Waldo to help you find a good career resource (the one mentioned is available at Waldo), but there are several other similar sources). You should do the research before conducting the interview. In that way you can check ask the person you interview if the information in the library is consistent with their experience. Be sure to take careful notes during the interview. If you are interviewing your faculty advisor, a signed and dated note sheet is required. The note sheet is provided immediately after the assignment description. For interviews with working professionals or professors a personal (face-to-face) interview is best, but if scheduling or transportation is a problem, a telephone interview or e-mail will work. Library Research Suggestions No matter which source or sources you use in the library, you should try to find information about these three areas: 1) the nature of the job or profession (the kinds of things you will likely do on the job); 2) the preparation needed (what degrees, certifications, licenses will you need to acquire); and 3) the potential growth expected in the field (how many job openings are expected in the next several years). Be sure to take careful notes and write down the sources that you use. You will not need to make bibliographic entries in the report you will write, but you will have to credit your sources by naming them in the text of the report. Notice in the sample report (displayed on overheads in class) how the student credits the library source in the opening paragraph and then again in the section titled Job Outlook where the student cites some specific statistics. You should paraphrase your library information and only report the highlights of what you find. Don't just copy out of your source. Use your own words. Format 1. Report your findings in memo format. 2. In the introductory paragraph identify the person interviewed, his or her job title and place of employment, the time and place of the interview, and the library sources used. 3. Use headings to identify major topics throughout the body of the report. Remember that even though you are using headings, you will still need to write fully developed paragraphs. 4. Conclude the memo with a personal evaluation in which you assess your personal strengths and weaknesses as a future member of your selected career. Be honest and specific 5. Include the photocopies of your research data as well as your interview questions and responses. You may also check the Occupational Outlook home page at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ Waldo Library also provides links to career information from its web page.
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April 24, 2021
To: Instructor
From: Student’s Name

RE: Interview with Jack Robins
I interviewed Jack Robins, a relationship manager at JP Morgan. The interview took place on
(enter preferred date) and it was conducted via Zoom. The Zoom meeting was ideal because of
the current Covid-19 protocols being observed, i.e., social distancing. Mr. Robins was kind
enough to allocate 25 minutes of his time for the interview to be conducted as I had sent him the
questions beforehand in preparation. The interview took place between 4.30 PM and 5.00 PM
which was an ideal time for him as he is usually still in the office finalizing the day’s report. I
referred to the book Customer Relationship Mana...

Just what I was looking for! Super helpful.


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