- Human resources and hiring managers just don’t have time to grant every promising resume a face-to-face interview. Instead, top performers in a phone interview with HR will advance to in-person interviews with a hiring manager.
You’ve worked hard on your resume, created a targeted, convincing cover letter and networked with friends, faculty, staff, alumni and family all the with the goal of getting an interview.
Interviewing is a skill; successful interviewing is the result of preparation and practice. This is not the time to “wing it.” Preparation will help alleviate nerves and help you to present yourself as effectively as possible.
The employer needs to find out if you are the best candidate for the job
You need to find out if this is a good opportunity for you
Note: If you need a distraction-free place to conduct digital or phone interviews, you can contact BCS to book a private room.
Three or more people, representing varied departments within the company, typically conduct panel interviews.
Campus interviews are often used to determine who will be invited for on-site interviews.
On-site interviews may involve multiple interviews, a company tour and introductions to key team members. The interview starts the second that you walk in the door, so be sure to be polite and respectful to everyone.
This type of interview is typically conducted by consulting or management firms. Employers like to use case/project interviews as a way of assessing your problem-solving skills. For more in-depth guidance on case interviewing, review the materials below and make an appointment with your career coach.
The purpose of a lunch or dinner interview is to assess how you handle yourself in social situations. This is still part of the interview and etiquette is important.
Students can schedule appointments to meet with a career coach or career ambassador for a face-to-face mock interview or to review a recorded digital mock interview.
Many companies now use online platforms for part of the interviewing process (Skype, Hirevue, Google Hangouts). Get comfortable doing online interviews by practicing with the digital mock-interview feature on UCareerPath (link to digital mock interviews). You will be recorded for your personal review; you have the option of sending the interview to a career counselor to review together.
Behavior-based questions are a staple of today’s interviewing process. Employers are interested in hearing about past experiences because they are good indicators of what an applicant’s future performance would be on the job.
These questions typically begin with…
Various federal, state and local laws regulate the questions a prospective employer can ask you, the job candidate. An employer’s questions — whether on the job application, in the interview or during the testing process — must be related to the job you’re seeking. For the employer, the focus must be:
“What do I need to know to decide whether this person can perform the functions of this job?”
Researching before an interview gives you a competitive advantage by showing you are proactive, and will indicate professional knowledge and interest. It also allows you to demonstrate you can speak intelligently about important issues and highlight how your qualifications fit the employer’s needs.