Courtney Krol is a UCI graduate with a Cognitive Psychology Degree. She has been the owner of Fialova Family Concierge* since 2012 and launched Fialova Virtual Learning Academy and Fialova World Concierge in 2020. Married and lives in Irvine with two dogs.
*Fialova Family Concierge is a business that provides many different services (School pick ups, homework assistance, errands, party planning, etc.) to families.
Q: What role responsibilities would we put on our resume when applying to our first job as HS students?
A: Education (HS year), AP classes (include score), clubs/asb/leadership positions, sports, extracurriculars, etc.
Q: As an employer, how often do you look at applicants' social media activity prior to the interview? How do you use this information in your hiring process?
A: Employers cannot use the applicant's social media as a determining factor during the hiring process, but they can ask permission to view their account. As an applicant, make sure to keep your account private and your profile picture professional and work appropriate.
Q: For interviews, should we expect that they will ask for our resume and references? Is there anything else that we should have on hand before the interview?
A: Yes. This tells the employer that you prepared for the interview. As HS students, references can be coaches, teachers, or something that shows you have had a responsibility role but nothing personal. (if you are an employee, your previous employer can be your reference). You can also bring in a 1 paragraph, typed cover letter that clearly states why you are interested in applying.
Q: If the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for us?” or “Is there anything else you would like us to know” is there a right answer for that?
A: Yes. You should always ask a question (this shows that you were paying attention and that you actually want the job). Here are some sample questions:
- What does a day-to-day schedule look like for an employee like me?
- What are the top things you want to see in an employee?
Q: When employers ask to tell us about ourselves, how much should be share? What should we mention?
A: Don't overshare personal information. For HS students: sports, clubs, extracurriculars, simple family dynamic, interests/hobbies, and/or strengths/traits.
Q: What should the proper attire be for a company job interview?
A: First figure out the company's dynamic and how the other employees dress at work by looking through their social platforms (their website, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.). But a safe attire outfit would be:
- Gentlemen: Button down, jacket, slacks, dress shoes, tie
- Ladies: Higher necks, sweaters, blouse, knee length dress (neutral colors)
Q: Should applicants remember to send a thank you note to each employer who they interviewed with?
A: Yes! This will make you stand out especially in our age demographic from so many other applicants. Hand written and mailed cards are usually more appreciated than just a short thank you text/email. (but if not, a well-written email is good too)