Interview Coaching

The Hiatt Career Center invites undergraduate students and alumni to participate in 45-minute interview coaching sessions with industry volunteers. These sessions are a great way to prepare for real job or internship interviews, industry nights, career fairs, and other upcoming opportunities. The phone and Skype sessions in particular are very useful preparation, as many employers conduct first round screening interviews remotely before bringing in candidates.

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Session Overview & Details

Sign up using the links below for a 45-minute session with an interview coach of your choice to get constructive feedback in a one-on-one setting. These volunteers have signed up especially to help YOU so don't miss out! Sessions are available in-person, over the phone or via Skype, and will be labeled accordingly.

During the first 30 minutes of your session, your coach will ask you sample questions in a simulated interview situation. Then your coach will give you 15 minutes of constructive feedback on your preparation, body language, answers, articulation of ideas, and other skills and attributes that can make or break a real interview. Professional dress is highly recommended.

The interview coaches have asked that all students bring a printed copy of their resumes to their session to help simulate an actual interview, as well as a sample job/internship description that is of interest. If your session is on the phone or via Skype, please email these documents to your coach in advance (you will receive their email after registering).

Questions? Contact the Hiatt Career Center at hiattcenter@brandeis.edu or 781-736-3618.

Upcoming Sessions

View all upcoming interview prep programs in Handshake with interview coaches' names, titles, industries and bios. All coaches can conduct general practice interviews, in addition to their specified industries.

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Tuesday, September 25, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (via Skype)

To reserve a 45 minute slot with one of the alumni below, you must complete this short form 

Sam Negin '09, MAief '12
Managing Member, Speech and Language Consultants, LLC
"I have been interviewing Brandeis applicants for about a year. Prior to that, I spent 4 years running my own financial consulting firm where I interviewed every applicant, and am now transitioning into a speech therapy practice"

Learn more https://www.linkedin.com/in/samnegin/

Evan Rabin '12
CEO, Premier Chess
"After graduating, I did 3 years of enterprise sales at Oracle and Rapid7. I then went the entrepreneurial route and started a sales outsourcing company Pillar Sales. I now own Premier Chess, which does school programs, corporate classes, private lessons and more."

Learn more https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanrabin/

Jonathan Freed '09, MAief '10
Investment Banking Associate, Rothschild
"For my firm, I conduct interviews for summer and full-time analyst roles."

Learn more https://www.linkedin.com/in/freed/

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Tuesday, October 9, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (in person)

To reserve a 45 minute slot with one of the alumni below, you must complete this short form 

Megan Curtis, MS '16, Brandeis Staff
Assistant Director, BOLLI (Lifelong Learning Institute), Brandeis University
Megan Curtis is the Assistant Director of BOLLI, the lifelong learning institute at Brandeis University. She has experience with program development and implementation, volunteer management, and non-profit management.
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megankcurtis/

Dan Klein '74
Retired, High-tech Marketing
"I have worked with Brandeis students through this program for several years. In addition, I have coached mid-career professionals in interviewing an job search."
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dansklein/

Valerie Maloof
Recruiter, Attivio
Valerie Maloof is a technical recruiter at Attivio, a Big Data and Machine Learning software company. She interviews candidates for a living and is looking to teach students what Recruiters want to see.
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriemaloof/

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Tuesday, October 23, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (via phone)

To reserve a 45 minute slot with one of the alumni below, you must complete this short form 

Dale Joseph, P '18
Retired Career Counselor
Dale has been conducting mock interviews with Brandeis students for over four years.  As a former career counselor, she can provide feedback for both general and field-specific interviews.

Veronica Peschansky '06
Neurology Resident, Mt. Sinai Medical System
"I completed a MD/PhD degree and am currently doing a residency. I also served on MD admissions committee and helped evaluate various grad school and residency candidates along the way."
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronica-peschansky-md-phd-14157092/

Devan Quinn, MA/MPP '17
Policy Analyst, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
"Devan has held roles in the NH Governor's office, in state advocacy organizations, on congressional and gubernatorial campaigns, and at a domestic violence organization. Her focus has been providing services to or advocating for women, children, and families. She has hired and supervised interns, field staff, direct service providers, and advocates. Contact Devan if you are interested in politics, state or local government, or women or family-focused advocacy. We can practice interviews, we can chat about your future, or anything in between."
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devanquinn/

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Tuesday, November 13, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (via phone)

To reserve a 45 minute slot with one of the alumni below, you must complete this short form 

Rebecca Ehrenkranz '13
Research Fellow, National Institute of Health
"During my public health studies at Brandeis University, I gained hands-on experience in healthcare communication and policy. Following graduation, I was an investigational data analyst for new cancer drug studies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with a focus on quality control and assurance. I received a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, and currently work at the National Cancer Institute, focusing on cancer surveillance and large-scale data quality initiatives. My interview experience includes previous volunteering with Brandeis interview coaching, as well as helping to recruit and interview others for various internships and research experiences."
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaehrenkranz/

Leanne Winn
Manager of Museum Administration, Rose Art Museum
Leanne Winn is an experienced specialist in recruiting, training, coaching, hiring, event planning and managing, management, customer service, employee Relations, and retail store operations.
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lwinnassociates/
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Tuesday, December 4, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (in person)

To reserve a 45 minute slot with one of the alumni below, you must complete this short form 

Marilyn Hirsch '81
Self Employed, Sales and Marketing Writer
Marilyn is a freelance writer most of career with clients in finance, tech, real estate, food. Modest interview/hiring experience.
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilynhirsch/

Elyssa Kotzen '07
Project Manager, Stanton Schwartz Design Group
Elyssa Kotzen, MPH is a former Administrative Director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology and the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. As the Director, she was responsible for hiring and mentoring staff at all levels - primarily administrative, but also nursing and physician personnel, in addition to managing multiple budgets and the operations of each oncology practice. She earned her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health directly following her graduation from Brandeis University. Currently, she is applying her skills more creatively as the Project Manager for a Boston based interior design firm and is heavily involved in congregation Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley) community building and fundraising.
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elyssa-p-kotzen-mph-86031623/

Robin Malloy '81
Senior Counsel, Staples, Inc.
"I am a real estate attorney having worked both in private practice and in an in-house capacity. While at McCarter & English, a private firm based in NJ with a national presence, I ran the summer associate program for two years. I have participated in interviewing candidates for positions both with the firm and in-house employers. I have interviewed students at Brandeis of the past two years."
Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-malloy-2941134a/