So you want to be a consultant?

As the supervisor for our leadership and education consultants, I often hear from collegiate women that the opportunity to travel for the national organization following graduation excites them. However, what many of those women don’t realize is that applying to be a consultant for Alpha Sigma Alpha is just like applying for any full-time job — it takes careful planning and preparation. Below are ten tips to consider when completing your application.

  1. Make sure it’s a fit.
    This job is decidedly different than your collegiate experience. As with any full-time position, you must have the right skills and knowledge to be successful. Carefully review the job description to make sure that your skills fit the position. While it is cool to work for Alpha Sigma Alpha, if the only reason you want the job is because it’s cool, it may not be the best fit for you.
  2. Read the application and instructions thoroughly.
    I often get questions from candidates that are already answered on the website or within the application. Consultants must be able to use their resources and critically think through all sorts of situations. Don’t discredit yourself by asking questions without first looking to see if the answer already exists.
  3. Brush up on your writing skills.
    This position requires a healthy amount of writing, and candidates will be asked to produce written content that is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  4. Answer the question “why do you want to be a consultant?”
    Every woman who applies is passionate about Alpha Sigma Alpha, wants to give back and wishes to further her experience through her alumnae years. Having a generic answer to this question does not help you stand out among all the other women who apply.
  5. Do your research.
    What does the job really entail? An interview is not the time to ask how the consultant program works or what you might be doing as a national headquarters staff member.
  6. Prepare for the interview questions.
    Read this blog about behavior based questions and be ready to talk about your experiences.
  7. Find a mentor who is willing to help you navigate the interview process.
    While I am always happy to answer questions specific to the Alpha Sigma Alpha interview process, I am not the most appropriate person to answer general questions. For example, if you are invited to the onsite interview weekend, asking me questions about how to check in to your flight does not inspire confidence in your ability to travel on your own. A mentor or parent is a much more appropriate person to help you with your uncertainty.
  8. Examine your actions and your social media.
    Consultants are some of the most visible representatives of the national organization. If the activities you participate in and the social media you post is not the highest representation of our values, then you will not get far in the interview process.
  9. See the bigger picture.
    One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is that they don’t consider any other experience but their own. Some of the interview questions will be about your own experiences, but some of the questions are crafted to determine whether you understand the complexity of working for the national organization. Be ready to answer both.
  10. Let yourself shine.
    While consultants must be poised, knowledgeable and professional, it is important that they are authentically themselves. We need to see your most authentic self throughout the interview process, not what you think we want to see. Being your authentic self gives you a much better chance at scoring the job of your dreams!

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