Step Two: Prepare Verbal Marketing

Verbal Marketing Tools

Your networking and interview skills may be considered verbal representations of who you are and the type of work you may accomplish. Every time you communicate (in a meeting, with your coworkers or supervisor, in an actual interview, etc.) is an opportunity for you to display or discuss your interests, abilities and knowledge base.


Developing and maintaining good solid work relationships is the key to any well-run organization, and Notre Dame is no exception. A few of the positive results of networking include an increase in the efficiency of resources, knowledge and services. Another notable benefit of networking is career development.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 70% of jobs are obtained through networking. Several workshops are offered throughout the year to assist employees with developing their skills in this area. We encourage you to participate in events that allow you to network with a variety of individuals across campus.

Also, be sure to check out LinkedIn (, a professional social networking site. It currently reports usage for over 450 million business professionals and can be a valuable resource for connecting with colleagues, gathering insight and expert articles and offering an interactive networking experience.

Networking at Notre Dame

Take advantage of networking opportunities in a variety of events and environments around Notre Dame. Some examples include:

  • Career Development Day
  • Informational Interviews
  • LinkedIn (Professional Social Media)
  • Professional development associations in your career fields of interest
  • Annual holiday celebration at the Main Building
  • Annual Opening Mass & Picnic
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Breaks during workshops & trainings
  • Informal meetings with colleagues and coworkers
  • Town Hall Meetings


Preparation is key for a successful interview. Most people are a little nervous as they prepare or engage in the process, but it is important to understand that an interview is merely a professional conversation to sell yourself as a top candidate. We encourage you to attend the Interview Prep 101 Workshop.

Also, Notre Dame’s Hiring Manager Toolkit ( is an informative resource to assist with interview preparation. The Preparing for Candidate Interviews section will provide insight on what managers look for when conducting interviews and considering candidates.

Below are Notre Dame’s suggested candidate rating form and examples of interview questions taken from the Hiring Manager Toolkit.

Sample Interview Questions

As you prepare for your interview, consider what questions you are likely to be asked. Review the sample interview questions below for suggestions on what to be prepared to answer.

Sample Interview Questions (PDF)

Candidate Rating Form

Hiring managers and interviewers are encouraged to use some type of candidate rating form during the interview process to allow candidates to be compared objectively.

Example of a Candidate Rating Form (PDF)

Readjust and/or Make a Transition

It can be daunting if you have actively participated in all of the suggested steps and are still unsure of your career interests or have not landed your next opportunity. This is not the time to give up – it is time to reassess, regroup and begin anew! If you hit a roadblock, proactively seek resources that may help you with this stage of the process. Consider completing some of the following steps:

  • Review your assessment results to determine if all of your career options are being pursued.
  • Review your marketing materials to determine if they need updating or altering.
  • Register for Managing My Career, Establishing My Personal Brand or any other relevant workshop depending on your need.
  • Request feedback from past applications, interviews, mentors, peers, your manager or supervisor, or other professionals in your field of interest.

As you work to fine-tune your approach it may be helpful to identify any roadblocks you have control over and focus on those to increase your chances. Have you identified your overall transferable skills, adaptive skills, and job related skills that makes you a marketable candidate for your self-identified areas of fit?

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