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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Congratulations 2015 Graduates!!

Did you know that as an alumnus, you can continue to utilize Career Services?  To review a list of services offered, click here

Do you want to stay connected to what is happening in TC Career Services and the Columbia community? Join the TCCS Alumni Listserv to receive emails about upcoming career development workshops and panels, webinars, employer information sessions and current career opportunities. You will receive weekly updates during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, along with special announcements.  Click here to subscribe.

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Welcome to Career Services

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process. Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.

TCCS Employer Relations:

The employers connect to highly talented TC students and alumni in the fields of education, psychology, health and international educational development. Our employer relations staff can maximize your recruitment efforts by understanding your immediate and future hiring needs and developing targeted recruitment strategies.  It is the educated way to go!  We welcome your partnership and long term interest in our students and alumni.  Upon hiring from TC, please share with us your hire information by clicking here.

Services Offered

TCCS can assist you with your career development throughout the duration of your time at Teachers College and when you become an alumnus.  Start you career development  journey today.  Schedule an hour long career counseling appointment to help you make informed decisions about your career goals: take an assessment test, learn job search tips, and schedule a mock session for interview preparation.   Have your resume, cover letter, and curriculum vita (CV) reviewed electronically or come in for a 15 minute walk-in.

Join the Alumni/Student LinkedIn Networking Group

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University LinkedIn Group
Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, and learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events.

ATTENTION: This group now serves as the new TCCS Alumni Mentor Program.  The former Alumni Mentor Program housed in TCCS LINK is no longer accessible.  The transition to this group will significantly enhance your overall networking opportunities!  Click here for more information on joining this group!

TCCS Programs & Events

Throughout the fall and spring semester, attend a workshop to learn how to write a resume and to negotiate your salary. Attend an employer information session to learn more about an organization you are interested in pursuing. Come to a panel to hear from TC Alumni who are teachers working outside of the classroom or who have advanced their education by getting a doctorate degree.
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NACE Job Choices Magazine now in digital format on the TCCS Website

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences. NACE Job Choices Magazines are now available in digital format. Magazines feature job-search advice and interview tips, sample cover letters and resumes, links to employer websites, and more! To view, go to the Resources Section on the TCCS Website and click on Publications.


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Resources-Tips and Samples > Preparing for Behavioral Interviews

Preparing for Behavioral Interviews

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Preparing for Behavioral Interviews:

• Recall past accomplishments (from work/volunteer experiences, undergraduate, and graduate school) which you can use to illustrate your skills, characteristics, and accomplishments
• Rehearse how you would describe your key experiences to interviewers (using PAR for the course)
• Try to create strong visual images (connections) in the interviewer’s mind
Think of “PAR for the course” to answer behavioral questions:

• PROBLEM  – Describe a specific situation or problem you encountered
• ACTION – Speak about the actions you took, obstacles you overcame, etc…
• RESULT – Highlight outcomes & goals achieved (this is the most important aspect of PAR!)

Common themes of Behavioral Questions:
Difficult situations:
• Tell me about a difficult problem you had to solve
• Tell me about a time you made a mistake that cost the company money
• Describe a time when you had to handle a difficult customer/student/client

• Can you provide me with an example of a time when you had to deal with a big change?
• Describe a time when you changed your actions or approach in order to respond to the needs of a situation
Analytical Skills/Decision Making Skills:
• Describe a time when you recognized a problem before your boss or others
• Give me an example of the most complex analysis you have ever undertaken
• Tell me about a strategic plan you helped develop
• What was the most difficult decision you had to make in the last six months?
• Can you give me an example of a kind of decision you make quickly, and one that takes more time?
• Describe a decision you made that you wish you could do over

Oral/Written Communication Skills:
• Sometimes people may not like what you are saying.  Can you describe a time when you were able to successfully communicate under these circumstances?
• Give me an example of when you had to speak up in order to get a point across that was important to you
• Tell me about the most challenging report you have ever written
• What barriers have you run into when writing a report?
• How do you get around obstacles that prevent you from doing something?
• Describe a situation when you had to work with someone who had a totally different way of doing things. 

• Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done
• Give me an example of a project/task that you started on your own
• What was your biggest achievement at ___ and what steps did you take to achieve it?

• Tell me about a time when you motivated someone to work hard and to do a good job
• Did you ever check the status of a project and discover it wasn’t being done correctly.  What did you do?
Organizational Skills:
• Give me an example of when you had to handle multiple tasks at the same time
• Give me an example of where planning paid off
Risk Taking:
• Tell me about a time when you weighed the pros and cons of a situation and decided not to take action
• Describe a time you decided to take a risk you later regretted
• Describe a time you decided to take a risk you were glad you took

• What was the best idea you ever sold to your boss?  Why did she/he buy into it?
• What was the best idea you ever sold to a peer or group of peers?
• Can you think of a time when you had to persuade someone to change her/his mind?

• Describe the best/worst team experience you ever had
• Describe a time when a team member strongly disagreed with your ideas or actions.  What did you do?
• Describe a situation in which you became frustrated or impatient when dealing with a team member or peer

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