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. 

Interview processes can look different based on the employer.  It is becoming more and more common for companies to first begin the process with an online assessment.  The assessment will ask you a set questions to determine if you meet certain criteria that they organization is seeking for the position.  

Once you have moved to the next round, there will be a phone interview or virtual interview.  This is usually with a recruiter or human resources professional.  The purpose of the phone interview is to make sure you know what the job entails, for the employer to have an idea of your past performance and to determine what you are looking for.  Check out page 44 in the Terp Guide for more information! PDF icon Terp Guide 2016-2017.pdf Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view, download Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

After the phone interview is the in person interview. The interview could take place on campus (if it is an On Campus Interview) or it could take place on site at the Employer’s office. 

Types of Interviews: 

  • Behavioral is the most common across all industries and it gives the employers the opportunity to see how your past behavior can predict your future success. 
  • Case interviews are conducted so the employer can see 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 or problems on the spot to demonstrate how you solve problems. 

Practice Makes Perfect

This will be the best way to prepare you for interviewing.  Whether you are able to practice with a friend, roommate or alone, anything you can do to prepare yourself to speak clearly and concisely will help you prepare for this interview. We have a great tool that allows you to practice from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment. It's called Interview Stream. Sign up and start practicing today! 

More tips on putting your best foot forward: 

  • How to Best Practice For the Interview 
  • Researching the Employer
  • What Employers Expect
  • Proper Attire and What to Bring
  • Follow Up

Click here to schedule an appointment with a staff member who can assit in the interview process! 

Have an on campus interview scheduled and have questions? Email ucc-studenthelp@umd.edu or call 301.314.7225.  We are here to help! 

 

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