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Experts offer tips on how to nail a job interview

July 24, 2013

TROY — Want the lowdown on what employers hope to hear so you can land your dream job?

Experts from the public and private sectors will offer insights on what plays (taking brief notes) and what doesn’t (answering a cellphone) during job interviews at an upcoming panel discussion at the Troy Public Library, “What Employers Really Want.”

The free program is part of a series titled “Computer Skills for the Job Seeker,” where instructors talk about creating effective résumés and cover letters, and using library resources to find and apply for jobs. The program initially was funded by a grant, and the Friends of the Troy Public Library now funds the program. While the classes are limited to those who have pre-registered, the panel discussion is open to all.

“I wanted to open it up for the whole world,” said Cathy Russ, library director. “We’re hoping we could do this quarterly. We want people to have access to this information. This is the kind of thing libraries should do. Libraries are about information, not just about books.”

To that end, the panel will include Jennifer Robert, vice president of information technology at Genisys Credit Union; Brian Kischnick, Troy city manager; Lisa Palo, talent acquisition with Altair; and Jessica Hammond, vice president-talent acquisition with United Shore Financial Services. Russ, who also talks about job interview skills in a course she teaches in library administration at Wayne State University, will moderate the discussion.

“I want people to hear it from the experts,” she said.

Mike Kidder, senior vice president of marketing at Altair, said that programs like this are helpful to businesses as the job market is turning around.

Kischnick said he has always enjoyed participating in this type of event, as it’s a way of giving back.

“It helps me learn what is going on for other people. People gave of themselves to help me be a better manager,” he said.

He lauded the library for providing him the opportunity to participate in the forum.

“They do an awesome job at the library,” Kischnick added. “This is another example of that.”

“What Employers Really Want” will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. July 30 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver.

For information about library programs, call (248) 524-3542 or check online at

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