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ERE Professional Networking Day (PND)Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:30-4:45 p.m.
Gateway Building

The ERE Department is hosting a Professional Networking Day (PND) to provide students an opportunity to connect with representatives from local and regional environmental engineering companies and organizations. and to practice networking skills. 


Networking is an organized method of making connections to exchange information, advice, contacts or support. It is the process of building relationships that continue throughout a career.

The PND provides critical career training. While not a job fair, the event offers a unique opportunity to help prepare for future job searches, and for the ESF Job Fair held in February.

Students should use this event to develop their readiness to enter the profession by:

  1. circulating a resume to professional participants, at the event;
  2. engaging in a 12-minute, one-on-one, networking interviews to develop readiness for longer interviews;
  3. participating in small group discussions with the professionals about their career, and its company/agency projects;
  4. receiving from the professionals direct or indirect feedback on their resume and/or interview; and
  5. preparing a plan for continued professional growth based on feedback and participation in the event.

Every ERE student should attend the PND. Even if you schedule an interview, you should participate in the networking part of this event.


  • Materials: Bring copies of your resume: give it to representatives with whom you connect.
  • Dress code: Neat, business attire (no jeans or t-shirts).
  • Punctuality: Be on time and circulate among all the tables.

Scheduling an Interview

In addition to general networking, one-on-one interviews will be scheduled with prioritization given to graduate students and upper-division undergraduates. Take advantage of this basic, yet critical career training!

To schedule an interview:

  • By Friday, 9/28/18, students in ERE 132, should schedule a meeting with ESF Career Services in Bray Hall for help in creating and reviewing their resume. Upper classmen should also seek these services if needed.
  • By Tuesday, 10/9/18, every student should email a DRAFT resume in Word format to their ERE Advisor, requesting suggestions for improvements. Use the following file name convention:
    • Resume_2018_LastName_Class_Draft.docx (e.g. Resume_2018_Smith_Jr_Draft.docx)
  • By Friday, 10/19/18, your resume will be returned by your Advisor with feedback or approval.
  • By Wednesday, 10/24/18, if you wish to be considered for one-on-one interviews:
    • Send a FINAL resume in PDF format to your ERE Advisor and the ERE Secretary, Teri Frese (tefrese@esf.edu), using  the following file name convention:
      • Resume_2018_ LastName_Class_Final.PDF (e.g. Resume_2018_Smith_Jr_Final.PDF
    • Let Teri know if you would prefer to be in a one-on-one interview during:
      • Session 1 (1:30 – 3:00PM), or
      • Session 2 (3:15 – 4:45 PM).

Preparation Resources

ESF's Career Services site offers a variety of resources that can help you prepare for the PND:

Particiapating Organizations

Prior to the PND event students need to learn about the professional participants; by reviewing organizations students can discover shared connections and prepare informed questions and comments. The links below will help you to learn more about organizations that have participated in our PND event.

Notes on State Employment and Civil Service

All positions with the State of New York are filled through the New York State Department of Civil Service, which has a legally mandated procedure for hiring employees. Under State Civil Service, potential candidates must pass a specific exam for the position in which they are interested. In order to take an exam you must first qualify by meeting the required education, training and experience. Some exams are given in a classroom setting whereby one answers questions which are graded and scored. Other exams are based on a questionnaire whereby one details their knowledge, training and experience as requested by the particular position. The answers provided are graded and a score is derived based on the thoroughness of the answers to the questions. When a vacancy exists the NYS contacts those who appear on the Civil Service list. For agencies such as the NYS DEC, they can only offer a position to one of the top three candidates on the list who is willing to accept employment in the location for which the position is open.

Questions You Might Be Asked

Questions About Your Work Experience

  • Have you completed any internships? What did you gain from the experience?
  • Tell me about your work experience? How has it prepared you for a career?
  • Have you accomplished something you're proud of at work?
  • What major problems have you encountered at work and how did you deal with them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?

Questions About You

  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What accomplishments are you the most proud of? Why?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What qualifications do you think will make you successful in your work?
  • What things are most important to you in your job?

Questions About College

  • Why did you select your college or university?
  • If you could, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  • How would you prepare for important tests or exams?
  • What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  • What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • Who was your best teacher, and why?
  • If I were to ask your professors to describe you in three words, what would they be?
  • What was your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you handle it?
  • Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • Did you prefer working independently or in groups on school projects?
  • Do you have plans for continued study?
  • What extracurricular activities have you participated in?
  • What was your greatest strength as a student?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for a career?

Questions About the Future

  • What are your short term goals and long range objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your goals?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

Questions About the Company and Job

  • What do you know about our company?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • If you were hiring a college graduate for this job, what qualities would you look for?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful at this company?
  • What can you contribute to our company?
  • What new ideas do you think you can bring to this company?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a manager and employees.
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • How do you feel about working evenings and weekends?
  • Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Questions You Might Ask

  • What degree of schooling, licensing, and other skills are required for the positions available with your company?
  • Could you describe what a typical workday or work week would be like for the person hired for this position?
  • What is it about your company and certain positions that a new hire might find to be the most satisfying and rewarding?
  • What would a new hire find to be most challenging element of working for your company?
  • Is there a particular season of the year that is the ‘toughest’ for this position? Why? How is it dealt with?
  • Will this position require travel? How much travel time away from the main office is needed during the week or month?
  • Why did you decide to work for this company? What were your greatest challenges and rewards? How would you do it differently?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement within the company?
  • How would you describe the company's culture?