Congrats! You landed an interview at your dream company.  But, now what do you do to prepare?  It may seem overwhelming, but just take it one step at a time. 

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INTERVIEW FORMATS: 

  • Online Assessments or Recorded Video Interviews are increasingly becoming the first step in the interview process. Online assessments as you a set of questions to determine if you meet certain criteria that the organization is seeking for the position.  Video interviews record your answers virtually to a set number of questions. Online assessments and video interviews sometimes take the place of the inital phone or virutal interview. A popular type that employers use is called Hirevue. 
  • Phone or Virtual Interviews may be your first and/or second round of interviewing, and these are usually conducted witha  recruiter or a human resources professional. The purpose of the phone interview is to make sure you know what the job entails, to get a sense of your prior experiences, and determine if you are qualified to move forward in the process. 
  • In Person Interviews can take place on-site at the employer's office or on campus (if it is through the On-Campus Interviewing Program). They can be one-on-one interviews with the hiring manager, panel interviews, or an intensive full-day of interviewing with a variety of people from the company and formats. 

TYPES OF INTERVIEWS:

  • Behavioral interviews are the most common across all industries, and they give the employers the opportunity to see how your past behavior can predict your future success. 
  • Case interviews are interviews that assess how you solve problems. You will be given a case with a problem and it is up to you to walk the interviewer through your methodology to demonstrate your critical thinking skills.
  • Technical interviews are done if you are applying for a technical position and you may be asked to solve equations on the spot to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS:

  • Research the employer to showcase your knowledge of the employer during the interview and tailor your interview answers to fit what the company is looking for.

    • Research the company’s mission, vision, values, history, current events, company culture, products and services, and more.
    • Use the company’s website, Glassdoor.com, LinkedIn, newspapers, journal articles, professional associations, social media, and conversations with current or former employees!
  • Prepare answers to common interview questions, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “Why do you want to work for _____ company?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

  • Practice articulating your skills and experiences by first writing out and then practicing verbally why you are the best candidate for the job. Connect your skills and experiences to the job description in your answers to questions. Try to anticipate their questions and prepare responses.

  • Prepare questions to ask to show the company that you are thoughtful, have a strong desire to learn more, and to see if the company is a good fit for what you are looking for.

  • Do a mock interview with a friend, a career center staff member, or virtually using InterviewStream

    • For more details on mock interview opportunities, click here.

INTERVIEWING TIPS:

  • Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early and bring copies of your resume and cover letter, directions to the interview, a printed interview schedule, parking info, pen, and paper.

  • Dress professionally by wearing business professional or business casual attire depending on the job. Wear neutral colors and lay off of the perfume/cologne.

  • Use the power of storytelling and the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to answer interview questions. When you are providing specific examples during your answers, always provide context for your interviewer, focus on what you did, and highlight the outcome or results of what happened.

  • Follow up after the interview with a thank-you note either via email or a handwritten note. Be clear and concise as you reiterate why you are the best candidate for the position and why you want to work for that organization. Always thank the interviewers for their time.

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Man explaining how to succeed in a behavioral interview