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What does the employer do?
CEO Express: www.ceoexpress.com = free links to business journals and news by industry, plus lots of other business information.
Who are it's major competitors?
Hoover's: www.hovers.com = Free basic company news and financial information with link to company website. Overview, top competitors, history, products, key executives, etc. for a fee.
How is it organized?
Report Gallery: www.reportgallery.com = Free copies of over 2,200 annual reports
What are its strong points?
American City Business journals: www.bizjournals.com = Free searching in many local business publications, plus weekly reports on ove 40 industries
What it's weak points?
List of 1.000s of companies w/ names and titles of top officers.
- Standard Periodical Dictionary
- Gale Dictionary of Publications
What is the employment culture like?
Library Reference dictionaries:
- Dun's Million Dollar Directory
- Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations
What 4 questions should be answered when researching the industry?
Knowing the industry's major trends, challenges, and growth areas tells you what's important to the employer and how you can hep them do well.
- Which companies are the major players in the field?
- What are the major trends in the field?
- What are the growth areas in the field?
- What are the major challenges or problems in the field?

(Look to Trade Associations for answers to these questions: Encyclopedia of Associations).
What is the interviewer looking for when they ask: "Tell me about yourself."?
The interviewer wants a sense of who you are, where you are in your career right now, and any qualifications that are relevant to the job.
Tell me about yourself.
Good answer: A concise pitch, no more than a 1-2mins, that showcase you experience, career progress, major accomplishments, some of your best traits, and casts you in a + light. Cite your steady promotions, recent responsibilities, and show how you mean to handle the job at hand. Overseas experience that utilized your French language skills. Show how each job you took deepened your knowledge of the industry and gave you a good overview of how different departments and companies functioned. You can end with a question like "Do you want to hear more about any particular area?" or wait until the interviewer speaks. [Don't speak of your personal problems; paint urself in a + light.]
What is the interviewer looking for when they ask: "What's your best trait (or greatest strength)?"
He / she hopes it's a trait this job requires and one that is highly regarded in the employer's culture.
What's your best trait (or greatest strength)?
Persistence. I have had many set backs in my life, but I have never given up. I am of the belief that if I am committed, there is always a way. So I hol myself to a different standard: I must be sufficiently satisfied that I have exhausted all avenues to a solution before I turn away from it. Another positive trait I possess is the ability to adapt.
Why should you be re-admitted at DePaul?
I recently read an article about the Hon. Marvin A. Brustin, founder and president of the Chicago law firm of Brustin & Lundblad and a 1979 DePaul Law alumni. In Jan, he establish the Marvin and Ben Brustin Endowed Scholarship in the College of Law, for students studying public interest law. However that I found interesting is is that the scholarship gives preference given to students like Brustin—who were academic late bloomers with a lot of promise and determination. In the article, Brustin credits DePaul much for his many impressive successes because
What are some of the values of DePaul? (4)
1. social justice,
2. economic prosperity for all,
3. cultural richness and
4. an ethical approach to every aspect of life.
What is the interviewer looking for when they ask "What's your worst trait (or biggest weakness)?"
He prefers a fairly minor weakness that doesn't interfere with doing the job and is correctable.
What's your worst trait (or biggest weakness)?
My best trait and my worst trait are the same: the fact that I'm so driven. I am more demanding of myself and others than anyone else.
(You can also say you lack a skill that the job doesn't require, like being creative. OR lack a learnable skill, like Quark or Excel, but are taking a course to learn.
What was your biggest weakness last semester?
State a trait overcome: I used to have to redo larc assignments due to careless errors, causing me to lose countless valuable points, but learned to plan my time better and start earlier.
What is the interviewer looking for when they ask "What would be your ideal job?"
Figure out what the job you are interviewing for will be like from the research you've done earlier, and make sure your description of your dream job matches up with it. Remember: NEVER give a job description that in No Way resembles the job you are interviewing for!
What would be your ideal job?
I plan to have a legal position working with Biotechnology and patent law, biodiversity protection, and intellectual property. Such a position would merge my skills and knowledge of the chemical and clinical research sciences, with my knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework governing pharmaceutical research and development.
What is the interviewer looking for when they ask "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
The interviewer wants evidence that shows that you have thought about your career goals and that your goals and the companies goals are now wildly different, but have some "fit."
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I expect to have more responsibilities that come with advancement. Of course. I realize that steady advancement depends on my performance and growth opportunities at your company, but in the past I have done well and been promoted. I expect to have mastered new skills, such as (managerial or technical) and be able to advance with these skills.
What do you hope to gain from an education at DePaul?
My area of focus in IP law, and at DePaul has a renown Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology which stands in the forefront of IP legal education. Thus, at DePaul, I know I will gain a good foundation of both IP and non-IP courses, which is essential for practice, as well as good writing skills and research skills, and opportunities to work on IP cases through various externships.
What is the interviewer looking fro when they ask, "What are you looking for in a job?"
The interviewer wants reassurance that you (and they) won't regret hiring you and that you won't quit right away.
What are you looking for in a job?
Give an answer that reflects back what the interviewer has told you about the job. (If the interviewer hasn't told you anything about the job you're interviewing for, say, "I'd be delighted to answer but would like to know a little more about the job I'm interviewing for for first; so you're not operating in the dark.)
I am eager to offer my skills and qualifications in order to help you achieve your goals.
What does the interviewer want to know when he asks "Why should we hire you? (What can you offer to this job? What makes you different from other candidates we're seeing?)
The interviewer wants a good reason so he can make a case for picking you over other job hunters with the same amount of experience, the same skills, and similar educational background.
Why should we hire you?

- What can you offer to this job?

- What makes you different from other candidates we're seeing?
I will bring "added value" to DePaul. I have:
- Personality traits: I bring universality to DePaul. I have traveled throughout Europe, the United kingdom, Eastern Europe and South America and beyond. The majority of these travels I have done alone (to the worry of my poor parents) but I found my path and made life long friends along the way. I can do this because I am strong willed and determined. I know what I am capable of and believe in my abilities. I know I am friendly, but discerning. Respectful of the experiences and cultures of others. I tend to avoid the well trodden path because I desire to learn new things and am not afraid to voyage into territory which is unfamiliar and unknown.
- "Special knowledge" in over 10 yrs of knowledge in clinical research and trial management and regulation, I have corporate experience from a fortune 500 company, as well as singularly handled the pressure and workload of an entire non-profit company due to under staffing.
- Extra skills beyond the expected qualifications: I have a strong history of bouncing back and returning stronger than before when I have stumbled and because I know I will be more determined and dedicated than any other candidate in light of a 2nd opportunity.
- Positive example of success in your past or current job to bolster my case:
What does the interviewer want to know when he asks "Why are you looking for a job?"
The interviewer wants reassurance that you are serious about this company and this particular job and that you have something to offer - not just that you are in desperate circumstances.
Why are you looking for a job?
- If you've been contacted by a recruiter or referenced by someone at the company, say so here.
- If you took the initiative: "In today's economic climate, the valuation of companies is based more on the value of their intellectual property than on the value of "harder assets" such as inventory, plants and equipment. I have been watching the growth of pharmaceutical and other related industries and understand that these companies have committed enormous resources to the development of inventions and the products that accompany them. With my understanding of public health, chemical science, and focus on legal issues affecting clinical trial management and regulation, I know that I will be able to help a great deal in protecting enormous investments companies have committed to protecting their intellectual property. I am looking for an opportunity to use my scientific, health and legal skills and qualifications to preserve these investments.
What does the interviewer want to know when he asks "Do you prefer to work alone or with other people?"
He wants to know if you will fit in with the work environment that the job demands.
Do you prefer to work alone or with other people?
If you know for sure that your job requires one or the other, lean your answer that way. Otherwise, balance your answer and show you can do both styles of work.
-" I can do both styles of work effectively if the situation calls for it. I did chemical research autonomously for years, but when I transitioned into the corporate arena and did pharmacovigilance at a fortune 500 company, I also flourished working communally with my co-workers to accomplish team goals.
What does the interviewer want to know when he asks you to "Describe a difficult problem you had to deal with."
He wants to see that you know how to overcome an obstacle and gain insight into your problem-solving style.
Describe a difficult problem you had to deal with.
Give an example of a challenge you faced your work or personal life (unless the interviewer specifically asks for a work-related problem), the actions you took to overcome it, the successful outcome, and a bit about your thought process. (Save money, make money, save time, or turn a failed product/service into a winner.)
- "While I was working on my MPH, I started volunteering at a non-profit which worked to promote diversity in the health field. The staff was limited and consisted of the ED, a project coordinator, a secretary and myself. Four months after I started, the Project Coordinator quit and I was asked to take on her responsibilities. The first thing I did was spend countless nights researching the position and speaking with the ED about my responsibilities to understand them better, then I analyzed the possible causes of the previous coordinators frustration, such as inadequate support. I analyzed and compared different solutions to the problem but, in the end, decided that the best course of action, on lieu of out tight budget was to understand and balance the needs of our stakeholders and incoming volunteers in order to retain them and mutually benefit. As a result, the programs continued smoothly without interruption. Additionally, although it has been almost 5 years since I left the organization, many of the volunteers I recruited and partners I solicited remain with the organization to this day.
What does the interviewer want to know when he asks "Describe a major goal you recently set for yourself."
He wants to know that you set your sights on a worthy goal, and are taking solid steps to achieve it. This can be work-related or personal, so long as it shows something commendable about you and proves you can set a positive goal and plan your time and energy to achieve it.
Describe a major goal you recently set for yourself.
I am right now preparing to sit for the Patent Bar. In addition to planning my study schedule around an online course I invested in, I also solicited a study partner whom I meet with each weekend to review. This goal is very important to me because for many years I was uncertain as to the direction I wanted to take my life. Now that I have chosen a path, I plan to dedicate my career to the navigation of patents. As I amass information on their application in the realm of pharmaceuticals, I get more excited as the pieces start falling together.
How long have you been looking for a job?
Not very long. My focus is on finding the right match for my qualifications and skills. I've had offers from XYZ, but this time around I am being selective. In the meantime, I am (doing freelance, consulting, volunteering, taking courses) in order to remain fresh in the field.
Why did you leave your last job?
The opportunities to use my skills in a productive way became limited. This is why I am excited at the prospect of being able to analyze, reason, and be productive with like-minded people at your organization.
Are you religious?
I do have religion, but my religious beliefs have never interfered with my work and I prefer to keep the two separate.
Will you be able to work on Saturdays/Sundays or religious holidays?
There are days I would prefer not to work, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving due to family tradition, but I promise to make every effort to accommodate this organization if the need should arise. I would be willing to come in or work late or use vacation time to get the job done.
Are you married? or Do you prefer Ms., Miss, or Mrs?
Fend off the question. Smile sweetly and say, "I have always been a reliable employee whose commitment to my work is unquestionable.
Do you plan on having children someday?
Smile sweetly and say, "I do plan on having children someday, but not for several years since I want to devote my my attention to my career. However, my work ethic is beyond reproach and you may check my references. I have a history of going above and beyond the work I am called to do.
- Why should I hire you?
- I'm not sure you have enough experience (education, or meet the qualifications) for this job?
- What makes you think you can do this job?
See this question as the golden opportunity to sell yourself, list your qualifications, and show your desire for the job. Enumerate any pluses that distinguish you from other applicants, emphasize the skills you do have and anything that is your strong suit.
- I am a quick study and eager to learn especially since I am excited to be entering this field. I know what I want and I know that this is the right path for me, therefore I will dedicate myself and do whatever it takes to succeed and to build your confidence in my abilities.
- Do you know much about our organization?

- What do you know about us?
DePaul Law has a Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology stands in the forefront of IP legal education and is among the best in the nation.

- I have also kept track of the successes of DePaul students in the IP arena and am very excited learn that DePaul students won the IP LawMeet: an interactive competition that focuses on transactional skills and negotiation. And that USPTO Director recently announced that a DePaul law alumnus (Azam Khan) will serve as the deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Under Secretary and Director.
Have you ever fired? If so, why?
Yes, I worked in a company under the direct management of a person who used many unethical tactics in conducting business. After questioning the person about the methods being used, I was shortly called into the person's office. When I walked in, the entire team I supported under this person's leadership was present and proceeded to call out faults in my work. I was clearly shocked and after the meeting I confronted an individual on the team who I had never had issues with in the past. I was told that my boss had told everyone to come up with faults to discuss with me. I went speak with the Director of the department who ensured me she would speak with my boss. My boss was infuriated and a few weeks later I was let go. However, I learned that a few months after I was let go, my boss was demoted for ethical misconduct. It may have cost me my job, but I am happy that I confronted my boss rather than remain silent and possibly jeopardize integrity of the company.
What's the difference between hard and soft IP?
'Hard' intellectual property relates to patents, while 'soft' intellectual property covers trademarks, copyright, design rights and passing off.
What's the difference between a patent attorney and a patent agent?
Both patent agents and patent attorneys may prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications. Patent agents and patent attorneys may also provide patentability opinions, however, patent agents may not provide an "opinion of validity of another party's patent when the client is contemplating litigation and not seeking reexamination" because such activity "could not be reasonably necessary and incident to the preparation and prosecution" of a client's patent.