Prepare and Stand Out During Your Interview!

January 23, 2016 by Rebecca Chopra

prepIf you haven’t interviewed in a while – preparation is the key to success. The competition is fierce at the MBA level. This isn’t the time to “wing it” – your interviewer will not be impressed.

You cannot predict the exact questions your interviewer will ask, but you can be prepared. Understanding what they really want to know will help you land the job. Tell me about yourself is really “Tell me why you’re the right fit for this job.”

Do your research and get the inside scoop by reaching out to classmates and alumni to research industries and functions.

Need a resource to get started? From the career experts at The MuseConsider this your interview study guide.

Want more? Here is a great list of interview question articles (Levo)

Being prepared means doing lots of informational interviews. Everyone is doing a networking job search in this age. Here are some great informational interview thought provokers:

Informational Interview Questions

10 Intelligent Questions to Ask on an Informational Interview

Your Ultimate Guide to Informational Interview Etiquette

The Most Important Informational Interview You Will Ever Have

>> Don’t forget to meet with a CMC Advisor to practice and discuss your job search strategy.

 

 

 

 

Powerful new compensation tool

January 20, 2016 by Vic Menon

Job Status - COMPTiming - COMP“COMP” is a new tool that lets you analyze compensation, offer timing, and job sources for the industries you’re interested in. To get started, just go to MyGSB and click the COMP button in the right-hand box.

  • Access real-time and historical job data
  • Filter the data using powerful tools
  • Expand your queries to include over 100 other business schools

Also, remember to enter your own full-time or summer offers — whether you accept them or not. The more data the better, including sponsored students, entrepreneurs, and job-seekers in small to large companies.

All data is aggregated for privacy; individual job outcomes are never visible. There must be at least four data points for all quantitative and qualitative data such as compensation and organization names. Otherwise, “I/D” (Insufficient Data) will display. Results from participating schools are also aggregated and not attributed to a specific school.

Why Report Your Job Offers?

The aggregate information from you and your classmates will:

  • Help future GSB students explore career pathways.
  • Provide important employment data via the GSB Employment Report. This data is used for the media’s coverage of the GSB, and by prospective GSB applicants.
  • Allow the CMC to focus its resources on students who need support.
  • It’s a graduation requirement

Questions? Contact Vic Menon in the CMC office.

A Primer on Business Roles in Entertainment (courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment)

January 19, 2016 by Jana Cain

On January 6, I traveled to Los Angeles for Lionsgate’s MBA Trek. The trek featured presentations by a series of key senior executives. Below is a synopsis of the major business roles (aside from Human Resources and Corporate Finance) that exist in the entertainment industry. While the exact group titles may change from organization to organization, this should serve as functional primer to help guide your research in determining where you might be a fit whether you’re seeking a role at Lionsgate or at a studio more broadly.

Theater Distribution – The theater release is the first window of revenue for a film, so this is a key group. Lionsgate’s Domestic Theatrical Distribution team oversees all aspects of sales and analysis for the U.S. Functions of this group include:
• Sales planning (release date/plan, film rental negotiations, market research/analysis)
• Exhibitor Relations (e.g. in-theater marketing)
• Related research and analysis (e.g. gross reporting, market analysis, analytics)
• Finance (e.g. accounts receivable)
• Operations (e.g. vendor management)

TV Sales – The Lionsgate North American Television Sales group is tasked with the non-theater distribution of content. They oversee distribution to basic cable, subscription cable, SVOD (subscription video-on-demand, e.g. Netfliix, Amazon, Hulu Plus), and AVOD/FVOD (advertiser driven/free video-on-demand, e.g. Hulu, YouTube). Much of their strategy is driven by “windowing”, i.e. the pockets of time after the theater release during which deals can be struck with the various distribution channels. The marketplace is continuously changing so this team manages a number of variables in executing their sales plan, such as challenges with an oversupply of content and limited customers. Some of their projects include reviewing/managing the content rights management system, managing ratings strategy, and developing a strategy around new content acquisition (their current focus is on Sundance greenlights).

Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development – Lionsgate has two teams focused on the overall strategy and growth of the company. The Corporate Development team is focused on finance and strategy, handling the M&A deals. The Business Development and Corporate Strategy team focuses more on new business opportunities (e.g. international SVOD channels, theme parks) and partnerships (e.g. Atom Tickets, Comic Con).

*About Comic Con – This is a joint venture with Lionsgate; the team tasked with the marketing and execution of the event works exclusively with this property. They are taking a more data-driven approach to their 2016 marketing efforts, and seeking to grow in the digital space. Their ultimate goal is to make the pop-culture experience more personal outside of the conference.

TV Marketing – The role of the Worldwide Television Marketing group is to influence and guide the networks in their marketing of Lionsgate product. They provide marketing and creative services in support of all forms of content (scripted, unscripted, music, licensing & sponsorship, etc). Functionally, they support TV Development (pitch materials, consumer marketing, social media, PR & publicity) as well as Worldwide TV Sales (events & PR, marketing, creative).

Digital Sales Planning – The Sales Planning & Analysis team is charged with four primary functions – Forecasting, Greenlighting, Market Analysis, and Digital Strategy. The group relies heavily on data analysis, utilizing tools such as R, Visual Basic and Tableau to create planning dashboards. They also do quite a bit of modeling to determine which projects to greenlight, for measuring ROI on initiatives (e.g. “what effect does a $0.99 rental have on revenues?”), and to evaluate their digital strategy around new releases as well as what is already in their portfolio.

A couple of the groups did mention a specific request for MBA interns this summer:
• Comic Con – looking for 2-3 interns who will focus on the SVOD business
• North American Television Sales – 1 intern
• Digital Sales Planning – 1 intern

Please contact Jana in the CMC for more information about Lionsgate and their opportunities.

Tips for GSB International Students

January 7, 2016 by Laleh Rongere

Internship On Campus Recruiting(OCR) is right around the corner! 
If you are an International students do you know the following information?
1. You can leverage the CMC resource on U.S. Employer’s Guide to Hiring International StudentsTips for conversations with employers (MyGSB).
 
2. You don’t need sponsorship from your employer for the summer. 
Know the application process for this work authorization (CPTCurricular Practical Training).  
Attend the presentation by a Bechtel advisor on Tuesday, January 12, at 12:10pm – C102. Learn what you need to know if you are considering a summer internship in the U.S.
CPT Information (Step-by-Step PDF Guide, 2016)  
https://mygsb.stanford.edu/mba/career/engage/international-students
 
3. Improve your interview skills by attending the “Interviewing American Style” workshop on Friday, January 15, 12:10-1:10pm – M104. Learn to prepare content for the interview itself, including anticipating and developing answers for common questions, preparing questions to ask, and creating powerful stories to enliven resume points and that show impact and results, not just facts.
 
4. Calling all Entrepreneurs/Investors!! If you are thinking of working in US. Attend the workshop reviewing all the non-immigrant and immigrant investor visa options for international students. Tuesday, January 12, 6:00-7:30pm – G101. Presented by Bernard Wolfsdorf, Attorney at Law.
Please register for the above workshops at My Career Dashboard.

Preparing for Interviews

January 5, 2016 by Becky Charvat

Internship On Campus Recruiting is right around the corner! We are here to help you prepare.

The true key to success in an interview is knowing yourself — your unique strengths and your defined career goals – and then translating these to the role and organization you are targeting.  A CMC advisor can help you think this through if you don’t have clarity.

Otherwise, here are three critical preparation steps to take for each position you are pursuing.

1)      Develop a compelling, logical story.  “Why are you interested in XYZ firm or role?”, “Tell me about yourself”, or “Walk me through your resume” are common first interview questions. Interviewers want to hire candidates who are genuinely interested in building a career within their industry and organization. Click here for more tips on common questions and developing a compelling story.

 2)      Research the organization and industry.  While you don’t need to read every press release, you do need to know about the organization’s products and any recent headlines.  Every year we hear from employers about GSB students who were unable to answer basic questions about their company.

  • Google the organization the day of your interview to check for key news coverage. If the company is public, know their stock price. If the company has raised funding, know about their funding history or assets under management.
  • Do in-depth industry research. Database resources such as Capital IQ, the Vault, DataFox, and Tracxn, among others, can be very useful. Information on where to start can be found here on MyGSB.
  • Follow industry blogs, twitter feeds, and search Quora questions.
  • Talk to a classmate or alumnus familiar with the org to understand its current challenges or opportunities.

 3)      Prepare for industry-specific interviews.  Know the format of the interview – case, behavioral, technical – and practice.

  • Behavioral Interviewing 
    • The CMC is holding Behavioral Mock Interviews from Jan 11th-19th.  There are still a few spots remaining.  Sign up on My Career Dashboard under CMC Events –> Workshops.
  •  Industry-Specific Interview Prep 
    • Take advantage of Club resources.  Many clubs are holding industry-specific mock interviews (e.g. case interviews, stock pitches). Additionally, here are some sample case interview scenarios and questions.

After the interview, be sure to write a thank you email to every interviewer you met, ideally mentioning something specific to your conversation to personalize your message and stand out amongst the other candidates with whom the interviewer met.

Ask yourself whether you enjoyed the conversations.  While stressful, the interview process is a two-way conversation. Did you enjoy the people you met? Are you more excited about the opportunity after having these discussions than before? Does this job align with your career vision?

Good luck and remember that we are here to answer your questions!

12 Great Winter Quarter Career Events & Resources for MBA1s – Class of 2017 – January/February 2016

November 30, 2015 by Carly Janson

12 Great Winter Quarter Career Events & Resources for MBA1s – Class of 2017 – January/February 2016

Before you leave for Winter Break, plan ahead to take advantage of these career events and resources during Winter Quarter. See MyGSB Digest for room assignments and details. We also encourage you to review the complete list of CMC Winter Quarter Key Dates available here.

  1. On-Campus Recruiting – Resume drop deadlines are Jan. 5 and 8 to interview with companies on campus Jan.19-Feb.1. Questions? Email Savannah Hall at shall3@stanford.edu.
  2. “A New Year, A New Career” Alumni Panel and Reception – Jan. 7. 6-7:30 p.m. Come hear from a panel of recent alumni who have successfully changed industries or functions. This program is organized by the SA Career Management Committee.
  3. CareerLeader Self-assessment BBL – Jan. 8. 12:10-1:10 p.m. In this BBL, guest instructor Sasha Grinshpun will show you how to interpret your results from the CareerLeader assessment. Bring your lunch and your printed CareerLeader results. Access CareerLeader here and sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  4. VC Networking Event – Jan 11. 6-8 p.m. The SA Career Management Committee and VC Club have partnered to bring you a Career Connections-style recruiting and networking event showcasing opportunities with VCs and their portfolio companies.
  5. Mock Interviews – Jan. 11-19. Times vary. Meet with a coach to strengthen your behavioral interview skills, hone in on your unique positioning, and practice your PSR answers (problem – solution – result). Appointments will be available via  My Career Dashboard in mid-December. Questions? Email Savannah Hall at shall3@stanford.edu.
  6. How to Prepare for the Product Manager and Product Marketing Interview, with Lewis Lin – Jan. 14. 6-9 p.m. Interested in product management and/or product marketing? Come to this workshop to learn how to prepare for interviews in this area. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  7. Faculty Career Insights Speaker: Andy Rachleff. Jan 27. 6-7:30 p.m. Come to a mini-lecture followed by a fireside chat with GSB lecturer Andy Rachleff (MBA ‘84), co-founder of Benchmark Capital and Wealthfront. Andy’s GSB courses prepare students to work in early stage tech-based businesses. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  8. The 2-Hour Job Search – Jan 28. 6-8 p.m. Attend this presentation by guest instructor Steve Dalton (author of “The 2-Hour Job Search”) to learn a hands-on, cutting-edge process for using technology to find the right job faster. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  9. Summer Opportunities Alphabet Soup – Feb. 2. 12:10-1:10 p.m. In this BBL, consider your options as you hear about special summer internship programs available to GSB MBA students from CSI, CES, Global Experiences, and SEED.
  10. Alumnae in VC Panel – Feb 11. 12:10-1:10 p.m. Come to this panel discussion moderated by GSB lecturer Alyssa Rapp (MBA ‘05) to hear from alumnae about career paths in VC. Co-hosted by the CMC and VC Club.
  11. CMC LINK – CMC LINK is an opt-in program that supports the networking-based job search by using students’ Career Dashboard profile preferences (company, industry, and geography) to directly shape the CMC’s outreach efforts and bring back job leads. Job opportunities are distributed via industry-specific distribution lists, a weekly newsletter, and industry-specific resume books sent to 5,000+ alumni. For more information on CMC LINK, check out the LINK overview on MyGSB.
  12. For International Students – CPT Workshop (BBL) – Jan. 12. 12:10 to 1:10pm. In this special session for GSB international students, Rolando Villalobos from the Bechtel International Center reviews what you need to know if you are considering a summer internship in the U.S. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.

10 Great Winter Quarter Career Events & Resources for MBA2s – January/February 2016

November 30, 2015 by Carly Janson

Only two more quarters left at the GSB! Before you leave for Winter Break, plan ahead to take advantage of these career events and resources during Winter Quarter. See MyGSB Digest for room assignments and details. We also encourage you to review the complete list of CMC Winter Quarter Key Dates available here.

  1. “A New Year, A New Career” Alumni Panel and Reception – Jan. 7. 6-7:30 p.m. Come hear from a panel of recent alumni who have successfully changed industries or functions. This program is organized by the SA Career Management Committee.
  2. CareerLeader Self-assessment BBL – Jan. 8. 12:10-1:10 p.m. In this BBL, guest instructor Sasha Grinshpun will show you how to interpret your results from the CareerLeader assessment. Bring your lunch and your printed CareerLeader results. Access CareerLeader here and sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  3. VC Networking Event – Jan 11. 6-8 p.m. The SA Career Management Committee and VC Club have partnered to bring you a Career Connections-style recruiting and networking event showcasing opportunities with VCs and their portfolio companies.
  4. How to Prepare for the Product Manager and Product Marketing Interview, with Lewis Lin – Jan. 14. 6-9 p.m. Interested in product management and/or product marketing? Come to this workshop to learn how to prepare for interviews in this area. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  5. Faculty Career Insights Speaker: Andy Rachleff. Jan 27. 6-7:30 p.m. Come to a mini-lecture followed by a fireside chat with GSB lecturer Andy Rachleff (MBA ‘84), co-founder of Benchmark Capital and Wealthfront. Andy’s GSB courses prepare students to work in early stage tech-based businesses. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  6. The 2-Hour Job Search – Jan 28, 6-8 p.m. Attend this presentation by guest instructor Steve Dalton (author of “The 2-Hour Job Search”) to learn a hands-on, cutting-edge process for using technology to find the right job faster. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.
  7. Alumnae in VC Panel – Feb 11. 12:10-1:10 p.m. Come to this panel discussion moderated by GSB lecturer Alyssa Rapp (MBA ‘05) to hear from alumnae about career paths in VC. Co-hosted by the CMC and VC Club.
  8. CMC LINK – CMC LINK is an opt-in program that supports the networking-based job search by using students’ Career Dashboard profile (company, industry, and geography) to directly shape the CMC’s outreach efforts and bring back job leads. For more information on CMC LINK, please check out the LINK overview on MyGSB.
  9. Tracxn – Use this new CMC resource created by GSB grads and ex-VCs to get free profiles of thousands of startups, sector scans, and business models.
  10. For International Students – Visa Options for Intl. Investors, Innovators, & Entrepreneurs – Jan. 12. 6-7:30 p.m. Sign up on My Career Dashboard.

Free Financial Times Access for Stanford MBAs

November 9, 2015 by Rebecca Chopra

financialtimesDid you know that you have free access to the Financial Times as part of Stanford University’s subscription?

How can students create accounts?

Students should go to FT.com while on campus and follow the instructions that pop up for creating a university account. They must use their school email addresses as their logins.

Where can students find company and industry news?

  • Company tear sheets provide profiles, news, and financials on public companies
  • Organizations news pages exist on popular public and private companies
  • Industries pages contain recent news on over 28 industries

Does the FT offer job search advice?

The FT provides expert career advice on many topics, including how to use LinkedIn for career success and how to turn an internship into a job. Many pieces address business students but can be generalized to other industries.

Questions?

Email b2bproductconsultants@ft.com with any questions!

 

Tracxn – Start-Up Sector Research Tool

November 5, 2015 by Rebecca Chopra

The CMC is piloting free student subscriptions to Tracxn to help you identify and learn more about growth companies and sectors.

Click here to sign up for a Tracxn account!

Tracxn has built the largest team of analysts to provide curated profiles of thousands of startups, sector scans and business models. Their reports help venture funds discover interesting startups. Tracxn analysts map startups by sectors and produce deep landscapes – like on Food Delivery, Mobile Commerce, EdTech, HealthTech, Enterprise Software, etc.

Use Tracxn to:

  • Research private market sector
  • Utilize landscapes to create a short, targeted list startups to meet in area of interest
  • Gain a very macro view of a sector
  • Review comprehensive company profiles

DronesStartupLandscape_Apr-2015

Give Help, Get Help at the Inaugural Reciprocity Ring

October 30, 2015 by Carly Janson

Tap into the student community by participating in the first-ever GSB school-wide reciprocity ring!

Next week, the CMC and SA Career Committee are launching a reciprocity ring in Town Square with a focus on career exploration, advice, and searches. All MBA1s and MBA2s are invited to post their requests and indicate their ability to help others. Look out for whiteboards in front of Bass, and be sure to check back throughout the week to add your name to requests you can help with.

Lunchtime Monday, 11/2 through Friday, 11/6.
Whiteboards in front of Bass.

What do I do? 

  1. Write your name & a request for help from a classmate on lavender papers posted on the whiteboards in Town Square
  2. Place a colored sticker with your name and email on the requests you are willing to help with
  3. Find your request at the end of the week and follow up with those who’ve offered help.
  4. Look out for an email from the SA Career Committee providing access to pictures of these requests.

What can I post?

It can be as specific or general as you want. Here are a few examples:

  • “Looking for contacts in business development at Company A, Company B, and Company C”
  • “Seeking a consulting case practice partner for a few hours in November before interviews”
  • “I’m a career pivoter from the arts looking for others who have non-traditional backgrounds so we can talk about our internship search plans”
  • “I’d love someone who has been involved in evaluating/hiring decisions for consulting firms to review my resume.”