Congrats! You landed an interview at your dream organization.  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 ask 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 initial phone or virtual interview. 
  • Phone or Virtual Interviews may be your first and/or second round of interviewing, and these are usually conducted with a 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 to determine if you are qualified to move forward in the process. 
  • In-Person Interviews can take place on-site at the organization'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 organization and can use various formats. 

TYPES OF INTERVIEWS:

  • Behavioral interviews are the most common across all industries, as they give the organizations 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 organization to showcase your knowledge of the company during the interview and tailor your interview answers to fit what they are looking for.

    • Research the organization's mission, vision, values, history, current events, company culture, products and services, and more.
    • Use the organization's website, Glassdoor.com, Vault, 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 _____organization?” 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 the interviewer's questions and prepare strong responses.

  • Prepare questions to ask that demonstrate to the interviewer that you are thoughtful, have a strong desire to learn more, and to show that you are a good fit for the organization.

  • 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 and/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.

 

 

Man explaining how to succeed in a behavioral interview