The College of Business presents: The Interview of Horror


by Tim Pate

HalloweenBuster had recently graduated from college, and he was ready to make it big in the real world. He had been highly successful during his four years at school, and he knew that he had a lot to offer his future employer. After browsing through the local paper for job openings, he found a company hiring for an entry level position in his field of interest. He sent the company his resume and cover letter, and was lucky enough to be granted an interview the following week. Little did he know that he was headed straight for what would prove to be one of the most terrifying experiences of his young life…

On the morning of his interview, Buster peered through squinted eyes at his alarm clock only to find that it had never gone off. His interview was only 30 minutes away, and he had no time to shave or shower. He hastily donned the first dress shirt he found in his closet, neglected to select a tie, kicked on a pair of tennis shoes, and sprinted out the door and into his car. His hair in a state and his breath quite foul, he started the engine and raced to the interview.

Despite his hustle, Buster arrived at the company’s offices five minutes after the interview was scheduled to start. He tried to flatten the wrinkles in his shirt and to press down his unruly hair, but his efforts garnered no results. He caught the elevator to the company’s floor, all the while trying to calm his rapidly beating heart, and then stepped out to greet the receptionist.

The receptionist summoned the interviewer, a well-dressed and confident-looking woman from the HR department, who arrived with an all-too-obvious air of frustration to meet Buster. She greeted him briefly and ushered him into a conference room, where he sat and faced the woman.

The company for which Buster was interviewing was well-known in the area, so Buster had neglected to do any research the week prior to his interview. He figured he knew as much as anyone else about the company, and elected not to worry about analyzing the company thoroughly. Buster was then surprised when the interviewer started asking him about specific business practices of the company and how the company had interacted with certain clients. Buster had no way of relating to the questions that the interviewer was posing to him, so he instead blabbed about himself in an effort to demonstrate his own credibility. Like water flowing over a boulder in a river bed, Buster’s words gushed from his mouth but failed to move the interviewer.

At the end of the interview, Buster was asked if he had any questions for the interviewer. His mind still in a tizzy from the disastrous proceedings of the previous 45 minutes, Buster shook his head no and thanked the interviewer for her time. He stood up, shook her hand, and walked out of the office without saying another word. The receptionist said goodbye, but Buster ignored this nicety as well.

In his car, Buster punched the steering wheel in frustration. How had he been so foolish? Why hadn’t he taken the opportunity more seriously? He started the car and tried to forget the whole experience. This was a day he never wanted to relive. By the time he arrived back at home, he was thinking of his plans for the night, as he was sure that he could use some fun to wash the taste of the interview from his mouth.

A stack of thank-you letters lay unopened, untouched, and unused on the desk in his bedroom. He never heard from the company again…


Happy Halloween!


Spend a Semester in the Netherlands

by Tim Pate

The deadline is approaching to apply to study business in The Hague, – the “gateway to Europe.” Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1 for students interested in studying international business and management in a European cultural hot spot.

Downtown Hague

Downtown Hague

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is the host institution, and it features a modern central campus surrounded by water. Approximately 21,000 students from 135 countries attend the school for bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  As this is a CSU exchange program, two students from The Hague are currently studying at CSU.

Rob Ronci, a graduate of the program, says that the connections he made during his semester in the Netherlands left a lasting impression on him.

“I have made friends for life who want me to visit them in all different parts of the world,” Ronci said. “That alone is priceless.”

Students attending the university can expect to gain theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for careers in business, communications, industrial design, law, and other fields. All students will be taught in English, and THU International Office helps exchange students find a suitable place to stay in a furnished single or double room in an apartment within 5-20 minutes from the campus. Most rooms offer internet connection and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The university is located near a large number of companies and organizations with global influence, including corporate headquarters of Shell, Siemens, the International Criminal Court, the War Crimes Tribunal, and Europol. The Hague has a reputation of being the international city of peace, justice, and security.

The HagueThe Hague, which is a short train ride from Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Luxembourg, and Copenhagen, will give students easy access to the most enthralling parts of Europe when they are not in the classroom.

“[Studying abroad] was easily one of the greatest and most important experiences I have ever had,” said Ronci. “It is really one of those things where once you do it, it will completely change you.”

Apply online at Applications must be completed by the deadline. (Late applications considered on space available basis.)

Extra credit: Check out these other great semester/academic year study abroad programs for business students:

CAN we do it? Yes we CAN!

Collaboratively written by Tim Pate and guest blogger Stephanie Meisner

Cans Around the Oval

College of Business students: Are you ready to break some records?

The time has come again that we are asking for the support of the Fort Collins community to combat hunger. That’s right – It’s time for Cans Around the Oval, the annual fundraiser at Colorado State University to benefit those affected by hunger in Larimer County. The College of Business is always one of the top contributors to the event, and we believe that this year can be even better than before. We just need your help.

Cans Around the Oval is an annual event started in 1986 by a CSU student with the goal of lining the entire oval with canned goods. Over the past 26 years, these donations have gone to the Larimer County Food Bank and individuals in need in Northern Colorado.

Donations are crucial for people without the resources to provide food for their family and themselves. As students, we can help them have a wonderful meal this holiday season. Together we can make a difference.

Last year, the University received donations of 60,300 pounds of food and $34,000. Nearly 30 percent of these donations (10,000 pounds of food and $14,000!) came from the College of Business, the leading contributor the past six years. This year, the University’s goal is to donate 65,000 pounds of food and $40,000.

College of Business CANstruction

The College of Business’s winning sculpture from 2011: A tribute to Steve Jobs and Apple

This week, on Oct. 10, the University will hold a CANstruction event on the Lory Student Center Plaza. This is a chance for students to form teams and create sculptures out of cans in order to encourage donations. Judges and students will determine who has the best design. The College of Business won last year with a tribute to the late Steve Jobs. CANstruction will also feature carnival games and other activities to engage students in the fundraiser.

Contributing is easy. You can make an online donation by visiting the Larimer County Food Bank donation page. In the “Donate on the behalf of field” please write “College of Business.”

You can also contribute by donating canned food or non-perishable goods to the CSU College of Business on Laurel and Sherwood. Let’s help each other make a difference for those in need.

Stephanie Meisner is currently a senior at Colorado State University studying business marketing and apparel merchandising. She also received an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the College of Business. Her commitment is towards a variety of community service efforts ranging from serving at the Community Service Chair for the Dean’s Student Leadership Council to being the event coordinator for Up ‘Til Dawn, an organization that raises money for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.  Meisner also served as the president of Entrepreneurship Club last year and continues with her passion of helping others by currently developing a business that focuses on serving as a resource to many non-profits.  Meisner worked for the Everitt Real Estate Center for three years and developed program efforts to get students interacting with industry professionals. Now she is a marketing intern at Water Pik, Inc. gaining firsthand experience in market research.

6 Reasons the College of Business Is the Place to Be Homecoming Weekend

by Tim Pate

The Colorado State University parade is always amazing, but it’s even better when enjoyed with friends on the beautiful Oval.

Oval ParadeThe Homecoming Parade is an event that attracts tons of people from the Fort Collins community. What better place to watch the show than on the Oval as the leaves change color? The Oval is an icon of CSU, and it will be packed with students, faculty, alumni and friends as the floats march by. The College of Business will have a special tent set up, and there will be food, warm drinks, and chairs available – so you can watch the parade in comfort. This is also a great opportunity to build your network with CSU business professors and alumni. So grab your friends and spend some time on the most stunning part of campus.

Your lawn game skills could use some fine-tuning for future tailgating activities.

So you’re not the best Cornhole player in the world. Hone your skills with your friends at the College of Business so that you can become a lawn-game master at your next tailgate. Lawn games will be available for your enjoyment (and practice).

Soul School says, “Class is now in session!” And you don’t want to be absent.

The group recognized for their “tight harmonies, their non-stop energy on stage, and their choreography” will definitely be a highlight of the day. If you haven’t checked out Soul School online yet, do it now. The group is one of the premiere cover bands in Colorado, with a repertoire ranging from golden oldies to Lady Gaga.  You don’t want to miss their show.

See cars that you’ll be hard-pressed to find on the road today.

The College of Business has gone the extra mile to feature an antique car show at the Reunion at Rockwell. With 22 old-school automobiles at the event, you’ll get to see some of the best rides from back in the day. These cars spend most of their time under lock and key, so this is a unique chance to see some rare, beautiful machines.

The College of Business facilities are very high-quality. Show them off to your family (they’ll be impressed).

Your parents know you’re at CSU to study business, but they may not know how the College goes about teaching you. Give them a tour of Rockwell and they’ll know that you’re getting your money’s worth at a top-of-the-line institute. Show them the ticker in the Rockwell lobby; the financial trading room; the central control room; or any of the technologically advanced classrooms. (If you haven’t seen some of these locations yourself, make a point of finding them this weekend.) Your parents will be fascinated to
see how advances in technology have changed the way we teach business.

You get *free* warm beverages and tasty food to match the occasion.

If nothing else, the College of Business Homecoming celebration is going to be a smorgasbord of good food. Homecoming weekend is going to feature some cool Colorado fall weather (with a high of 51 degrees on Friday and 49 degrees on Saturday), so it’s lucky that the College has some warm treats prepared for you. Grab a warm drink during the parade, or some hotdogs and hamburgers during the Rockwell Reunion. And what says “Homecoming football food” better than cotton candy and popcorn to complement your grub off the grill?

Homecoming is a time for fun, family, and friends. Have a great weekend and soak up as much CSU culture as you can. Be safe, and be proud to be a CSU Ram!