Strigl, who is widely-recognized as a titan of the wireless industry, with over 40 years of experience in the business, spoke with the students on a wide-range of topics, including net neutrality, incentive spectrum auctions, the competitive landscape for digital video, and current trends in the global macro-economy.
During the conversation, Strigl also offered the students invaluable career advice. We've recaptured some of the most precious pearls for you to read, here:
How to Succeed in Your Job
Do what you are asked to do when you are asked to do it.
NO excuses. If you didn't have time to complete a project of task, then admit it. Don't pass the buck.
-Learn as much as you can about your company.
You don't need to explicitly tell people what you have learned, but it will be obvious in your day-to-day interactions.
-Always ask for more work.
Unless you know you actually can't do it.
This shows that you want to help, are motivated to learn more, and are willing to do what it takes.
-Try to make your boss better than he/she wants to be.
In the end, they will owe you for it!
-Never talk behind your colleagues' backs.
Do not get involved in corporate politics.
Don't choose sides.
Be loyal to your company.
Don't expend vital energy looking for another job unless you feel you absolutely need to.
What to do to Succeed in the Interview Process
-Go prepared, learn as much about the company beforehand as possible.
-Ask questions based on what you learned about the company.
-Be 15-30 minutes early to ensure you know where you are going and are not late.
-Go with the intention of getting the job.
A positive attitude will be obvious, making it clear that you want the job.
-The first question an interviewer will ask is "Do you know a little about about our company?"
-The second question they will ask is "What do you know?"
-Look like you want the job.
Women should wear a business suit.
Men should wear a suit with a tie.
It doesn't matter how the recruiter is dressed: YOU are supposed to look professional.
-Be inquisitive. Make sure you have questions. Smart people ask questions because they want to learn.
-When the interview is over, stand up, shake the interviewer's hand and say "I really want this job. I'm sure I can do it and you won't regret this decision. What next steps do I take?"
-The goal of the job interview is to get a job offer. Get the job offer--this means they want you!--then decide if you want the job, or not.
Lindsay Pedersen and Alyssa Santoro are Communication majors in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.