HRAC Newsletter  -April 7, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 4/8/14  Iota Pi Brickhouse Fundraiser 7:00 pm @ Brickhouse in Newport News
  • 4/12/14  Social Seconds -Celebrate Spring  7:00 pm @ Bier Garden in Portsmouth (This is an alternative to Yellow Rose)
  • 4/12/14  Iota Pi Yellow Rose 7:00 pm @ Wyndham Oceanfront
  • 4/14/14  Meeting with Convention Board 7:00 pm @ Norfolk Tap Room
  • 5/3/14  General Body Meeting 10:00 am Location TBD
  • 5/17/14  3rd Annual Cookout 3:00 pm @ Sandy Bottom Park

Quote of the Week

"When the world says 'Give up," hope whispers, 'Try it one more time.'"

Employment Opportunities

Marketing Analyst
Virginia Beach, VA
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Procurement Administrator I
Jefferson Lab
Newport News, VA
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Member Service Representative
Navy Federal Credit Union
Chesapeake, VA 
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Project Coordinator
Linxx Global Solutions
Virginia Beach, VA
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Email Marketing Specialist
Ferguson Enterprises
Newport News, VA 
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Good Reads

The Secret
By Rhonda Byrne

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By Steven R. Covey



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Omega Chapter Alumni Panel is a Success

On Saturday, March 29, seven brothers from the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter traveled to the College of William & Mary to meet with members of the Omega Chapter as part of an alumni panel arranged by VP of Interchapter Relations, Zach Grohler.  Brothers met with a diverse group of Omega members ranging from freshmen to seniors with an array of majors in the business field.  The Omega members asked questions on our fondest collegiate memories, the type of skills they should focus on to assist in finding a job after college, and the type of jobs available in our area.  Brother, Shelly Rossi stated that it was fun to sit on the other side of the panel this time.

Omega provided hors d'oeuvres for the event.  The alumni panel gave the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter an opportunity to bond and develop relationships with members of the student chapter.
HRAC and Omega brothers pose for a photo after the session.

3rd Annual Cookout

Mark your calendars and get ready for the 3rd Annual AKPsi Cookout!  This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton -starting at 3:00 pm.  This is always our biggest brotherhood event of the year, so you don't want to miss out!
As usual, the chapter will cover the burgers and hotdogs, and we ask that each member bring a dish other item to the event.  You may sign up your dish here.


Click here to view highlights from the 2013 cookout
(video compliments of Nikita King)

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Bylaws Amendment Passed

On March 17, it was announced by Brother Chris Stoney that an amendment to the bylaws passed.  This amendment can be found in Article V, Section 6 and states:
"Brothers can receive credit for attending events outside of this chapter's events to include those sponsored by the fraternity and local undergraduate chapters (i.e., PBLI, Convention, ritual ceremonies, etc.). The credit can only be applied to the requirements for chapter events and not scheduled chapter meetings.
1. Brothers must report their intent to attend an outside event for this credit to the Executive Board to ensure the credit is recorded."
The full document can be viewed here.

Convention is Coming

Planning has begun for the 2015 AKPsi Convention in Norfolk!  Three members of the Convention Board, Wendy Wendroff, Jessica Seitz, and Jason Pierce, will be here in April.  If you are interested in meeting with them over drinks and making them feel welcome while visiting our area, please join them for drinks on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm at the Norfolk Tap Room in downtown Norfolk.
Click here to RSVP           


Alumni Bigs - Iota Pi Littles Meet for Lunch

Two alumni brothers, Jody South and Shelly Rossi, met with their  Iota Pi student "littles" for lunch on Sunday, March 16.  Jody and his little, Brianna were joined by Iota Pi brother Taylor Wilson at Pho 79 in Newport News while Shelly and her little, Becca, gathered at Chili's along with Sam Anderson (an alumni brother from NoVA) and her little Aida.  While this is not a requirement as an Alumni Big, we appreciate these alumni taking time to meet with Iota Pi members to share their experience as a brother.  We encourage other HRAC brothers to sign up to become an Alumni Big in the future if you haven't already done so.
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Job Interview:  Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter

By Bernard Marr
Even for the most fearless amongst us, job interviews can be nerve wracking. In order to give us the best chance of success we tend to prepare for many of the difficult questions we anticipate, questions like:

Why should we hire you?
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
Of course, you can never predict how an interview will go and what questions you will get. You might get an interviewer who fires one tough question at you after the other, or one that turns the interview into a more comfortable, natural two-way conversation. Preparing, therefore is difficult. In most cases we practice the answers to a long list of possible questions. The problem is that this can leave you over-prepared and as a consequence your pre-conceived answers can come across a bit robotic.

From my experience, there are really only 3 questions you have to prepare for and you can link most of the interview questions back to these three. Preparing for these three questions also means you can answer most questions more naturally, simply by referring mentally back to your preparations for these three questions.

Basically, any interviewer wants to establish 3 key things:

Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
Will you fit into the team, culture and company?
However, during the job interview, the interviewer might use many different questions and angles to get to the answers. If the interviewer doesn’t get what he or she wants from one question, they might ask them in different ways. Or they might probe from different angles to test for consistency in your answers.

Here is what’s behind these 3 questions:

1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?

Think about the key skills you might need for the job you have applied for and assess your own level of expertise and experience in that context. It makes sense to identify the more specific or technical skills that your potential employer might expect as well as some more generic skills such as being a good communicator, having good IT skills, being a team player, etc. Once you have prepared for this question it will help you answer many different interview questions without getting sidetracked into talking about things that are not relevant. Remember that you want to demonstrate that you are aware of the key skills, expertise and experience required to do the job and that you have what it takes to perform it. Always go back to the key skills, expertise and experience when answering scary (and sometimes silly) questions like:

Tell me about yourself?
What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Why do you think you are right for this job?
What do you think the main challenges will be?
2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?

Any potential employer wants to know that you are interested in the company and excited about the prospect of working there. You therefore want to demonstrate that you have researched the company, understand its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products and that you can’t wait to join them. For most, you will have done your homework before you even applied for the job, but if you haven’t then check out the ‘about us’ section on their website and search for the latest strategy documents, annual reports, key statistics as well as the company history. Show that you know them and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job and company. Here you might also want to think about your ambitions and how they fit into the company you have applied for. You can then use the insights for answering questions such as:

What do you know about our company?
What do you think our company is aiming to achieve?
What do you know about our products and services?
Why do you want to work for this company?
Why do you think this job is right for you?
What motivates you?
3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

This final key question is about your personality and your style and how you as a person fit into the team and culture of the company. Companies have different cultures, which translate into different ways of behaving and working. It is important to make sure you fit in and don’t feel like a fish out of water. In fact, it is important for the company as well as for you. Again, hopefully you will have done some research prior to applying for the job. Sometimes, it can be tricky to find detailed knowledge about the company culture, in which case you simply talk about your assumptions and why you feel you fit in. One relatively new website that offers a glance inside companies is Glassdoor. The site is still in its infancy but provides a growing amount of data and information about what it is like to work for different companies. You want to map the culture of the company or the team you are planning to join and compare this to your personality traits, style and behaviors. Again, once you have done this you can use it to answer questions such as:

How would you describe your work style?
How would you describe yourself?
How would your colleagues describe you?
What makes you fit into our company?
What makes you a good team member?
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Of course, any interview is a two-way process. In the same way the interviewer wants to find out that you are right for the company, you need to assess whether the company is right for you. Each of the questions can be turned around so that you can assess:

By joining this company, will I make best use of my skills and expertise and will they help me to grow them further?
Is the company excited about having me work for them and will they give me the necessary support?
Is the company culture the right fit for me so that I can flourish and be myself?
If you ask relevant questions from your point of view then this will make the interview more balanced and create a more natural conversation.

Bernard Marr is a global enterprise performance expert and a best-selling business author. He helps companies to better manage, measure, report and analyse performance. His leading-edge work with major companies, organisations and governments across the globe makes him an acclaimed and award-winning keynote speaker, researcher, consultant and teacher. Bernard is acknowledged by the CEO Journal as one of today’s leading business brains.
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