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Here’s How Google Knows in Less Than 5 Minutes if Someone Is a Great Leader


After years of study, Google uses a few simple questions to identify the company’s best leaders.

We tell students to look for an internship/job where they will find a good mentor and leader. That is sometimes hard to quantify, so we thought Google’s leadership questions may be a good place to start! You can tweak these questions to ask during your interview.

Since leadership is more art than science, how can you objectively determine if someone is a great leader? Google has spent considerable time and effort trying to answer this very question. It makes sense that one of the most analytical companies in the world puts some of its analytical horsepower into determining how great teams are built and led. Over time, the company identified the key behaviors of its best team managers.

Read the full Inc. article by Jeff Haden here.

How to Prepare for Phone or Virtual Interviews

Article by Aja Frost of The Muse.

“A colleague of mine once compared phone and Skype interviews to take-home tests.

“You still need to study,” she explained. “But you can also have everything you need in front of you.”

If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.” Read more.

Pi (π) Day 2019

March 14th marks the 32nd annual π Day! It is a day to celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 . . .)

According to the folks at careeronestop.com, the list below includes 25 of the careers that have the strongest demand for math skills. “Bright outlook” indicates that the field is expected to either grow rapidly in the next several years, have large numbers of job openings, or both:

4 NEW Degree Programs at Tufts

Tufts University has focused on launching NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS we think you might be interested in:

The School of Medicine established two online graduate degree programs:

The Board of Trustees approved two programs focused on training professionals to tackle complex issues surrounding climate change:

Opportunities at Tesla

At Tesla, they’re solving the world’s most important problems with talented individuals who share their passion to change the world. Their culture is fast-paced, energetic and innovative. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with office locations around the world, they work to build an inclusive environment in which everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or background, can do their best work.

They have a number of opportunities listed in Handshake. Below are a few we thought our STEM students would be interested in:

How Will You Find Your Next Internship or Job? Networking, Probably.

Your Professional Network Is Bigger Than You Think – Here are the CCI’s Networking Tips!

Networking: What Is It?

Simply put, it’s reaching out to people with whom you share a connection to learn new information. Sometimes that’s about internships and jobs, majors and careers, but sometimes it’s about where to find an apartment in a new city—or a great restaurant, or a place to get your hair cut. We are all “networking” all the time!

Your share a connection to Middlebury with 7,500+ alumni career volunteers. They want to hear from you about your career aspirations and challenges. They also want to know what’s happening on campus: you’ve got something to offer them as well. Below are some tips to help you make the most out of these valuable exchanges.

Networking Shortcuts

Check out the 5-Minute Career Clips (online workshops) for a brief step-by-step guide to conducting a networking conversation.

Check out these examples of how to write an e-mail introducing yourself to a Middlebury Alumni volunteer.

But first, make it count!

Before you make that contact or attend a networking event, be sure
that you are practiced and confident in your networking skills.

Know yourself: your competencies and relevant skills. Know what you want to learn about: which industry or career area interests you.

Why Network? Three Compelling Reasons

1. Most job opportunities (70 percent) are uncovered through networking: More jobs are found this way than through the “want ads,” or company websites, or even through online job-listing sites. Although you’ll want to use all of these channels in your job search, your time is best invested in networking and developing personal connections through your growing network.

2. Most job hunters don’t know enough about the jobs they are pursuing: Networking to gather this information enables you to better articulate why you are a good “fit” for the job—and this makes you a more competitive candidate.

3. Hiring is risky and expensive for employers: If you are referred to an employer by someone that person knows and trusts, then you are a “safer bet” and a more attractive candidate.

Your Two Goals for Networking

  • Gather “insider” career information and advice from people who work in the career area or company that you’ve targeted as your interest.
  • Gain referrals (connections) to other people who can also provide career advice and information.

Before You Start

  • Identify your career-related interests, skills, and values to establish a meaningful discussion with your networks. The list of Core Professional Competencies will help you identify the skills you’ve developed as a liberal arts student.
  • Research industries and companies, using the CCI Career Library.
  • Identify appropriate contacts in the industries and/or companies that interest you, using MiddNet, professors, family, friends, etc.

Networking Does Not Mean Asking for a Job!

Networking is an essential part of your job-search strategy, but asking directly for a job is not effective networking. This is true for a number of reasons:

  1. To ask directly will likely be off-putting to your contact, who might feel put on the spot. Unless the person knows you, why would she be willing to risk her reputation by referring you to a job lead? On the other hand, nearly everyone is willing to share information and advice with you. Ask for, and learn from, the information and advice offered you—and if the contact is impressed with you and your conversation, and if she does know of a job lead, she may then be inclined to share that lead with you.
  2. If you ask directly for a job and if the answer to your question is “no,” then the conversation becomes a dead end. This misses the opportunity to create a connection with the person or to gain other referrals to other potential contacts.
  3. Limiting your networking connections only to those contacts whom you think may have job leads for you, severely limits the number of connections you can make and hampers your ability to gain important information and advice about the industry, field, or company that you are researching


Remember, letting people know that you are looking for a job is not the same as asking them for a job! Learn more on the CCI website.

What Will Your Summer Internship Story Be?

Tips from CCI’s amazing internships team!

One of the most exciting chapters of your Middlebury education can be participating in an internship! An internship provides an opportunity to explore your interests and gain experience — you might follow a personal passion, connect to your academic work, volunteer with a not-for-profit organization, or confirm your interest in a particular career path. No matter your interests or what you decide to pursue, CCI is here is help you dream big and accomplish your goals.

Finding the right internship is an exciting process. Most students find their internships through online databases, our cohort internship programs, or create their own through networking. Consider where you’d like to be and what kind of organizations you are interested in and then get started!

Here are CCI’s Top Ten Tips for finding or creating your own internship!

  1. Apply to internships on Handshake, as well as the connected database found within Handshake: Liberal Arts Career Network (login is your Middlebury email).
  2. Browse other Handshake Resources, such as Internships: What Have Midd Students Done in the Past?, GoinGlobal (includes US City Guides), ArtSearch, and more.
  3. Check out Middlebury’s Cohort Internship Programs such as Social Impact Corps, FoodWorks, MuseumWorks, CLIMB, and Privilege and Poverty Internships.
  4. Check out CCI’s seven Career Path Pages for internship news, resources, and industry-specific databases and internships.
  5. Learn about CCI resources and how to start your internship search with a Peer Career Advisor at Quick Questions; no appointment necessary. PCAs can also help you create or edit a resume and cover letter; first check out our guides, sample resumes, and other great tools and resources on the CCI web site.
  6. Make an appointment to talk with one of the CCI advisors who can give you targeted advice in your field of interest or the Associate Director for Internships for general internship questions.
  7. Research industries and organizations that are of interest to you and then build your knowledge base and make connections by networking with over 7,500 alumni on MiddNet – our database of alumni who have volunteered to offer you career advice and information about their career field or industry. LinkedIn will offer you opportunities to connect with 30,000 more alums!
  8. Tell your friends, parents, professors, and everyone you know and meet that you are looking. You never know when a conversation will lead to more information, a contact, or a great tip. Get the scoop on our networking page.
  9. Use CCI’s Self-Reflection and Career Exploration Guides to learn more about your skills, interests, and values, or Spotlight on Careers (in Handshake Resources) for targeted information for liberal arts students about career fields and preparation for entering those fields.
  10. If your summer internship is unpaid, apply for CCI’s funding for unpaid internships.

Important: please note that Middlebury does not grant credit or transcript notation for summer internships, so DO NOT accept an internship with an organization that requires that you receive credit or transcript notation.