Career and Job Search Guide

Job Interview

The purpose of a job interview is for you and an employer to become acquainted. Employers want to evaluate your qualifications while you want to determine whether you want to work for them.

There are several different types of interviews:
  • Telephone Screening Interview - A telephone screening interview is a call from an employer to screen you and other candidates for essential criteria. To be prepared make sure to always have your job search records organized and handy. Refer to your resume as needed.

  • In-person Screening Interview - Is an in-person screening for initial impressions of your attitude, interest, and professional style. You may not be meeting with the final decision maker, but don't slack off. Sell yourself as you would in a “regular” interview.

  • Selection Interview - Thi is an in-depth interview on your qualifications used to evaluate your ability to fit in. Establish rapport with everyone you meet (before and after the actual interview). Sell yourself as a natural addition to the team.

  • Work Sample Interview - This interview provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your specific skills. May be a display of your portfolio or a demonstration of your skills. Run through different ways to describe the projects in your portfolio. Practice your presentation until it is smooth.

  • Peer Group Interview - This is typically a meeting with your prospective coworkers, who will evaluate how well you fit in. Don't forget to smile. Smiling shows confidence.

  • Group or Panel Interview - A group panel interview includes three or more people who will ask you questions on your qualifications and evaluate how you fit in. Direct your answer to the person who asked the question, but try to maintain eye contact with all group members.

  • Luncheon Interview - This is an interview conducted in a restaurant to assess how well you handle yourself in social situations. Pick easy things to eat so you can answer questions and pay attention to the conversation.

  • Stress Interview - In this interview you'll be given questions intended to make you uncomfortable. This is usually a test of how you will handle stress on the job. Keep your cool and take your time in responding to the questions. Don't take anything personally.

  • Video Conference Interview - This is a “person-to-person” interview by video. Practice before a video camera or mirror if facing a camera during an interview makes you nervous.

Preparation is the key to a successful interview. Spend enough time preparing for your interview. Review common interview questions and practice answering them with someone else, or practice the questions in front of a mirror. On the day of the interview, remember to:
  • Be on time or early
  • Go by yourself
  • Look professional
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Have a sense of humor and always smile