The key to succesful interviewing is preparation, professionalism and practice. Knowing what type of interview helps, too! Interview types include:
- Peer Group
- Panel Group
- Practical/Work Sample
How do I prepare for an interview?
- Research: Review the company website, talk to connections, review interviewers' LinkedIn profile, etc.
- Get organized: Review & bring copies of your application materials (resume, cover letter, references, writing sample, etc.) and the position description.
- Practice: Review commonly asked interview questions & field specific interview questions, practice your answers out loud & know your key skills to highlight, practice your elevator speech (a.k.a. answer to tell me about yourself), etc..
- Plan ahead: Pick out your outfit and accessories, confirm time and location, explore transportation & route travel time, plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for a last minute self check.
- Send a thank you note: Ask for business cards at the end of the interview. Send within the next 24 business hours via email or if there is time a handwritten note stands out! Not sure what to write? Reveiw these thank you note writing tips.
Interview question types:
- Opening—Icebreaker, get to know you
- Tell me about yourself. How did you hear about this position?
- What was your GPA? How often did you lead campus tours? How have you used this software?
- Experience—Subjectively evaluate answer to transfer skills
- Can you describe to me your duties as _________? Do you have any experience managing budgets?
- Opinion—How you react
- What have you learned from your mistakes? What qualities does a successful supervisor possess?
- Company Research—How well you researched
- Why do you want to work here? What can you tell me about (company name)?
- Creative/Problem Solving –Displays original thought
- Who has most influenced you in your life? What superpower would you pick if you could have one?
- Behavioral—Your approach
- Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation & how you handled it? What next steps have you taken when you've made a mistake?
- Personal—Your style, work habits, employment history
- Can you explain the gap in your employment history? Would you rather work with information or with people?
- Closing—Next steps, you can ask questions
- Can I contact your references? Do you have any questions for me?
- Illegal—Cannot ask about personal life including: Age, Religion, Marital status & children, Veteran’s status, Memberships, Disabilities, Ethnicity, Sex, Financial status, and Criminal history.
- Timeframe: From interview proces to start date averages between 19 - 43 days. Total process for the employer averages between 3 - 6 months or longer!
- Advertising & Recruiting: Employer post & announces opening on company website and other job sites. Reaches out to network for referrals.
- Candiate Review: Employer reviews and ranks candidates to determine who to ask to interview.
- Interviews: Employer conducts one or more rounds of interviews, narrowing it down to top candidates, and invites finalist for in person interviews.
- Reference Checks: Employer checks 2 - 3 references that you provided.
- Job offer(s): Employer offers the position to first choice and down the list until a candidate accepts. Or starts process over for failed search.
- You accept the job! Negotiate your salary, benefits, and start date then email a formal acceptance letter. Send a resignation letter to your current employer-typically giving a two week minimum notice.
- Background checks & new hire paperwork: Typically you will work with Human Resources to complete these forms.
- Start new job! Complete new employee orientation, get your office keys, company email, etc. Thank your references!