Common Interview Mistakes…and How to Avoid Them!

Is there an interview in your future?

Check out this infographic on the most common mistakes made at job interviews. Here are three of the most frequent mistakes:

  • Lack of eye contact (67%)
  • Having little or no knowledge of the company (47%)
  • Forgetting to smile (38%)

Notice anything? Good news! All of these are mistakes you can easily avoid — and practice.

For the rest of the tips — as well as good tips to prepare for an interview, click here.

10 Ways to Maximize Your Break

In lieu of a long winter’s nap, take a short one and consider these 10 ways to get closer to your career goals over break:

    1. hopkins_center_snowParticipate in the Center for Professional Development’s Job Shadowing program. Over 100 alumni and parents are offering to share their expertise with current students through job shadowing opportunities and short term projects. Learn more here and sign up by December 1 to participate in the program. Miss the deadline or want some sample questions to ask? Check out our Networking Guide, available through the Resource Library on DartBoard.


    1. Find a regional Dartmouth alumni club in your area. Any parties or programs planned? Contact the leadership and ask if you can be of help. Why is this a good strategy – even if you feel intimidated? Dartmouth alumni and regional club leaders enjoy talking to current students, especially those who are interested in getting to know them! Many alumni may also have potential hiring needs — or leads on local employers who are seeking students.


    1. Reach out to an alum and ask about an informational interview. Check out the Dartmouth Career Network — we have over 23,000 alumni who have volunteered to help. Ask questions, get advice, and strategies you can put to use in your job or internship search. (Check out suggested questions and best practices on contacting alums here.)


    1. If you want to move to a new city or town for an internship or on a permanent basis, plan a trip on your own or with friends – and invite Dartmouth alumni to join you for coffee. Scope out a city, industry, or career field. The choice is yours.


    1. Explore projects and volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations through


    1. Interested in internships, jobs or courses that require an in-depth knowledge of Excel? Use your Dartmouth e-mail address to register to use skillsX. Complete a short course in mastering Microsoft Excel and create a digital portfolio to show what you know.


    1. Help attract talent to Dartmouth. Contact the Admissions office and see how you can help out with local initiatives in your hometown or high school.


    1. Volunteer at your high school. It’s always nice to preserve and strengthen relationships with former teachers, coaches, and staff.


    1. Prepare for your job or internship search. Deadlines for applying for winter term interviews don’t start until January, but you’ll be able to see who’s coming to campus starting through the Recruiting Tab in DartBoard. You can start applying for positions on December 19.


  1. Allow yourself time to rest. Make sure you catch up on the sleep you missed over exam week – and get ready for a great January!

Photo by Sarunos Burdulls

Schuyler Evans ’10 & Molly Hallam ’09: DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media)

Interested in the Arts & Entertainment Industry?  Connect with DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association).  Below are two of the alumni involved with this organization.

Schuyler Evans ’10 – President DAEMA

Motion Picture & Television Literary Manager


Schuyler Evans is a motion picture and television literary manager based in Los Angeles. He heads up the emerging talent program at Scenario where he guides the careers of writers, directors, and creative producers. He began his work in radio with Dartmouth Broadcasting while a student. After several years in commercial radio where he worked in management and sales as well as an on-air personality, Schuyler started at Scenario as an intern, working his way up to assistant, then manager in record time.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he serves as the President of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association.  He grew up in Los Angeles, inspired from an early age by his grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ careers in the movie industry both in front of and behind the camera.


Molly Hallam ’09 – VP of Jobs & Internships for DAEMA

Production Coordinator, 26 DB Productions


Molly Hallam currently runs the Los Angeles branch of French filmmaker Dany Boon’s production company. Previously she has worked in foreign film sales as well as commercial production. She also co-produced a short documentary THE GASKETTES, which won its category at the 2012 LA Film and Script Festival. Hailing from Jacksonville FL, she graduated Dartmouth College in 2009 with a B.A. in French and Psychology. As an alumna, she serves as VP of Jobs and Internships for the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association. Her focus is to help new graduates navigate the transition from Hanover to Hollywood and break into the entertainment industry.


DAEMA website:

DAEMA Facebook

DAEMA also has a LinkedIn Group; look them up when your profile is completed to your satisfaction.

How to Look for Internships over Break

Preparing to kick-off an internship search over Spring Break?

If it’s your first time looking for internships at Dartmouth, here’s a quick overview of Center for Professional Development resources you can use in your search.

  1. Where to Find Internship Listings: Log into DartBoard, accessible through the right-hand menu of the Center for Professional Development homepage. If you haven’t logged into DartBoard before, please follow directions on the LogIn page. To receive regular Blitz Bulletins highlighting opportunities in areas of interest, subscribe to Career Services Emails in the My Profile settings under My Account.
  2. You’ll find a list of internships employers have posted through the “Jobs & Internships” tab. Use the Advanced Search feature and select “Internship” under Position Type to find additional internship listings. If you see an internship listed in the tab under our recruiting program and would like to apply, visit the Recruiting section of our website to learn more about how our recruiting program works and about how to apply. (Note: The first deadline to apply for internships through the recruiting program is January 14, so you have plenty of time to meet with a Career Advisor after classes start if you have questions.)
  3. You can also see additional Internship listings if you search under the “More Jobs and Internships” tab in DartBoard. Be sure to check out leads from the National Internship Consortium (NIC); you’ll also find links to internship boards with government and non-profit opportunities. You can also find reviews of internships held by other Dartmouth students through the Internship Feedback Database.

Alternate sites to search by specific fields of interest can also be found on the CPD website at:  These sites have been vetted by staff members of the CPD.

Want to take a stab at putting together or refining your resume before you get back to school? Check out our all-new Resume Guide in the Resource Library of DartBoard. (You must log into DartBoard for access.)