Being able to interview successfully is critical to your ability to land a job. Employers are looking for people who are a good fit for the organization and the job. Your personality is just as important to the employer as your skills and abilities. It's important to remember that it's not always the smartest candidate who gets the job (the student with the 4.0), but the candidate who is the best person for the job.
Interviewing Tips Handout: PDF
Sample List of Interview Questions: PDF
Sample Reference List: PDF
** Be sure to check out the interviewing tips information on CareerBeam and Vault's Career Insider . These resources are available to Bryan School graduate students only. **
Being prepared for an interview is the most important thing you can do to improve your chances of "performing" successfully during the interview. Know yourself & what you have to offer, research the company, know the position & why you're a fit, and review sample interview questions & practice responding to those questions. Know how you can add value to an organization based on your skills, knowledge, experience, qualities, etc., and be able to articulate that. Focus on how you will be able to make a difference. Also, it can be helpful to do some research on the people you'll be interviewing with so you have an idea of their backgrounds.
TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
Be aware of the different types of interviews and how you can best prepare for each interview.
- Phone Interviews: Most organizations conduct phone interviews as a screening tool to see who they want to bring on-site for in-person interviews. For that reason, the phone interview is very important. You should prepare just as much for a phone interview as an in-person interview. Also, always be prepared for a phone interview. Some employers will call and want to ask you some questions at that moment rather than scheduling a phone interview for a later date. If possible, always try to schedule a phone interview so that you are as prepared as possible.
- On-Campus Interviews: Most organizations that conduct interviews on-campus are doing screening interviews to see who they want to bring on-site for an interview with the hiring manager. On-campus interviews may last 20 minutes or an hour -- depends on the employer. If you have only a short time with the employer, you need to make sure you're concise and to the point, while still building rapport and providing enough information about you for them to be able to make a decision about your qualifications for the position. Your personality and ability to build rapport are very important.
- On-Site Interviews (at the company): This is your traditional interview where you meet with representatives of the company. You may interview with one person, more than one person (separately), or more than one person in a group setting. It's important to ask who you'll be interviewing with prior to the interview so you can be better prepared.
No matter the interview format, preparation is key to your success!
We strongly encourage Bryan graduate students to participate in mock interviews with employers or with a career counselor to practice and polish their interviewing skills. This is important for students at all levels of their career, whether you're interviewing for your first professional job, or you're interviewing for a new position in a new career field after 20 years of experience. Mock interviews with career counselors are usually recorded, and you will be given a copy of the mock interview. To schedule a mock interview with a career counselor, call 334-9815.
Mock Interview Tips Handout: PDF