It is important to remember these keys during the interview process.
- Smile and relax
- Offer a firm handshake and repeat each interviewer’s name as you meet them (makes it easier to remember).
- Sit where instructed and make sure that you are comfortable
Types of Questions: Traditional
Traditional interview questions involve information contained on your resume, your interest in the position, and basic information on your background, strengths, and weaknesses. Examples include:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why are you interested in this position? company/organization?
- Which classes do you like best/least and why?
- Tell me about your internship experience.
- What is your greatest strength?/weakness?
Types of Questions: Behavioral
Behavioral interview questions are open-ended questions which require you to provide a specific example of a situation, how you handled it, and what ultimately resulted from your actions. The focus is on your behavior in a specific role or situation - avoid speaking in generalities or speaking about what your co-workers or classmates did. Using the following STAR guidelines can help you to remember to include all necessary information in your response:
- Situation - Choose a specific situation which demonstrates the competency desired by the employer.
- Task - What task did you need to perform in this situation?
- Action - What action did you take? What did you do and how did you go about doing it?
- Result- What happened? What was the ultimate result of your performance in this situation?
Need a sample of behavioral interview questions? See our Behavioral Questions her
Questions for the Employer
Most employers will allow time for candidates to ask questions of them at the end of the interview. Prepare at least five to six questions to ask your interviewer. Candidates typically use these questions to inquire about the culture of the organization, management style, environment/atmosphere, duties, and professional development opportunities.
- If not already offered, make sure to ask for the interviewers business card (you will need to send a thank you note within 24 hours).
- Follow the interviewer’s lead to stand and shake hands with everyone as you leave the room.
- After getting to your car, take a few moments to jot down important notes about the position and your interview experience - it will make your thank you note much easier to write.