Securing a New Position

All labor departments are required to have position descriptions which includes specifics of the work performed, the learning opportunities, and the desired qualifications.

Position descriptions are available to each department in a shared online location. Students interested in specific positions may contact individual departments and request a copy of the job description. Students may explore position opportunities in consultation with their academic adviser, current labor supervisor, the Labor Program Office or the Office of Career Development. Once the desired position is identified, the student should contact the individual labor department to determine the appropriate application process. Some departments have position applications, while others prefer to review a resume. From there, the hiring process should closely resemble that of an off-campus job review of resumes, selection of candidates, interviews, reference checks, job offer, and commitment. Supervisors and students should approach the hiring process as they would in an off-campus setting. This helps supervisors identify the right person for the position and familiarizes students with an important process they will encounter after graduation.

While each department should have questions tailored to the needs of their workplace and to the requirements of the position, they may choose to draw from the following general questions when conducting an interview:

  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • What is your knowledge of this position?
  • What motivates you to do great work?
  • Describe a situation where you had to inspire others to perform better and to achieve greater goals.
  • What will your references tell me about your work ethic and performance?
  • Describe how you gain respect from your fellow workers.
  • What skills/abilities would you bring to this position?
  • What are your expectations for this position and from me as a supervisor?
  • What are you hoping to learn/achieve from this labor position?
  • How would you describe your personal style in the workplace?
  • What kind of workplace is most conducive to personal effectiveness for you?
  • At the end of the year, what would complete success in this labor position look like?
  • How does this position connect with your career/vocational aspirations?

For further guidance on conducting and participating in the interview process, supervisors and students may consult the Office of Career Development or the Labor Program Office Training and Assessment Specialist.