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Tips for Handling Your First Job Interview

Have you recently earned a Computer Science or Software Engineering Degree? Watch this video to help you prepare for your first interview in the field. 

It’s important to prepare for key interview questions the evening before. You should have an answer ready for why you want to work for a particular company and how your graduate or undergraduate degree has prepared you for a career in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Be ready to discuss why you are the best candidate for the position. When you enter your interview, remember to smile to put the interviewer at ease, and try to be relaxed and professional.

At Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, we offer comprehensive career counseling and networking opportunities. Contact us today at (206) 452-2262 to learn more about what we can do for you. 

Preparing for Your First Job Interview After Obtaining Your Master's in Computer Science

Computer science is a versatile and dynamic field, and your graduate degree in Computer Science will equip you with the skills you need to build a lucrative, exciting career. Whether you pursue a Master of Software Engineering or a Master of Science in Computer Science, prepare for your first job interview with these helpful tips. 

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Dress the Part

The first step to interview success is confidence. Because different companies have different corporate policies, consider researching how employees dress on the job, and then wear something slightly more formal. In most cases, business casual works well for a software engineer or web developer position. Men can opt for a button-down shirt and slacks, and women can wear a blouse and skirt or pants.

Research the Company

You may hold a graduate degree in computer science, but even the highest level of academic expertise will not impress a company if you don’t seem like a good fit. Your best bet is to perform your due diligence, and research the company and position as much as possible before your interview. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the current marketplace and an active interest in the company’s specific products. Make it clear that you’ve done your research by asking targeted questions and preparing responses to key questions.

Brush Up Your Skillset

Many employers in the field of Computer Science regularly ask their job prospects to demonstrate their technical skills during the interview. To prepare, practice online coding questions, math equations, and brain teasers until you feel comfortable. Remember, the important part is not speed, it is how accurately you can find a solution to a problem.

With strong job prospects and unparalleled opportunities for career growth, there has never been a better time to hold a graduate degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Discover what Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering has to offer you by scheduling a campus visit or giving our admissions office a call at (206) 452-2262 today.

Exploring the Undergraduate Computer Science and Software Engineering Program

Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering is pleased to offer undergraduate students both a Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degree. Recognizing that students study computer science for different reasons, our programs seek to equip students with a solid foundation for understanding the roles of computers in society and the rigorous technical training they need to jump-start an exciting career. Keep reading for a look at your undergraduate degree options. 

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Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Sciences degree provides students with the technical educational background they need to immediately enter the field of software development or continue on to earn a Master of Computer Science or Master of Software Engineering. The BSCS offers both a general course of study and two specializations: business or mathematics. With a business or mathematics focus, a Computer Science student will develop even greater interdisciplinary expertise. Students must earn at least a 2.50 GPA to successfully complete the degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science focuses on giving students a core understanding of how the role of computers has continued to change historically and in modern society today. Students will have greater flexibility in deciding how they would like to apply their acquired computer and software skills, and will be well-prepared for a wide spectrum of careers involving computer applications in less technical areas.

Minor in Computer Science

For students who are interested in computer science or software engineering, the department also offers a computer science minor. Elective computer literacy courses are also available to give students technical skills, complement other areas of study, and provide an introduction to the academic study of computer science.

To learn more about our wide range of available Computer Science degrees and consult with our esteemed faculty about which academic path may be right for you, call Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering today at (206) 452-2262. For more advanced students, our graduate school also offers a Master of Software Engineering and Master of Computer Science. 

Career Outlook for Software Engineers

A degree in software engineering offers a balanced core curriculum of technical and managerial courses with a wide range of elective courses designed to allow students to focus and specialize on their particular areas of interest. A bachelor’s degree or Master of Software Engineering gives students the academic insight and hands-on experience they need to succeed. 

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Today’s software developers can expect to earn an average of $90,530 per year. The field continues to grow at a rate of 30%, making software engineering one of the fastest-growing markets today. With the ever-increasing demand for computer software, you can expect your degree to lead to exciting job prospects and opportunities for growth! 

Do you have the skills it takes to succeed in computer science or software engineering? To find out more about how a B.A., B.S., Master of Software Engineering, or Master of Computer Science from Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering can make you a competitive candidate in today’s job market, call our undergraduate and graduate staff at (206) 452-2262. 

Use the Sites Below to Get Informed About Your Career Options in Computer Science

If you're a quick learner with an interest in software development, computer programming, or any other  booming field in computer science, then be sure to check out the masters programs available here at Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering. 

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  • Check out this awesome article from GeekWire.com, which showcases 21 computer science graduates and their plans for the future.
  • While studying as a computer science student, it's important for you to take time out of your busy schedule to take care of yourself. For tips on staying healthy in college, head over to the Huffington Post to read this helpful article.
  • According to some scholars, there is no better field for young people to become involved in than computer science. Take a look at his blog post featured in The New York Times to find out why.
  • Computer science majors study anything and everything in the world of computer systems including graphic design and programming. Learn more about what you can expect as a computer science student by reading this piece from Big Future by CollegeBoard.org.
  • Many college students fall into the trap of overcompensating for a lack of sleep by drinking unhealthy beverages like energy drinks and coffee drinks that are high in fat. Find out how you can keep your energy levels up in an easy and healthy way by reading this article by the Centers for Disease Control. 

To get information that will help you decide if you're the perfect candidate for a future in computer science, be sure to browse through the sides below. You can speak to one of Seattle University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering counselors about the enrollment process by calling (206) 452-2262. 

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