PARKER CAREER MANAGEMENT CENTER
TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
; General – basic questions about you and your fit with the company
; Behavioral – examples demonstrating certain behaviors or traits important to the position and/or company ; Case Interviews – general or business case questions (prevalent in consulting companies)
; THREE PRIMARY QUESTIONS you need to answer to ace your interview:
1) Who are you? 2) Can you do the job? 3) Do I like you, and will you fit in with the company?
; Be prepared – Research the position, company, and industry. Thorough knowledge of the company will help you
define your story, understand and articulate your fit with the company, and come up with good questions to ask. ; Network – Get the inside scoop on the organization. There is no better source of information than someone who
works for the company and/or industry.
; Be completely familiar with everything on your resume.
; Know your "story" and identify the 4-5 key elements/themes you want to get across in your interview. ; Tailor your story for each company interview.
; Be prepared to give examples of your selling points such as leadership, quantitative analysis, problem solving,
team work, etc. Best examples are drawn from work experiences, then from academics, and then from personal
; Give thoughtful answers, NOT MEMORIZED answers.
; Remember that this is a conversation. Keep your answers to under 2 minutes unless you are answering a case
; Are you answering the questions that are being asked? If you are not sure, ask the interviewer to clarify. ; Frame your answers positively, even if asked a negative question (e.g., what did you like least about your
; Establish rapport with the interviewer, but don’t be too casual.
; Be honest with yourself and the interviewer. You don't want to talk yourself into the wrong position. ; DON'T interview for a position you do not want. There may be many other students interested in that spot. ; DO communicate to the interviewer that you really want the position (and why) and that there is a good chance
that you would accept their offer (if that is true).
; Be prepared for the questions you hope they will not ask (e.g. what is your biggest weakness). ; Be ready with thoughtful questions that are not easily answered through preliminary research. ; Be sensitive to cultural differences when interviewing with firms from countries of which you are not a native. ; Even if you are interviewing for a summer position, know that the company is thinking of you in a long-term
; Pay attention to clues (verbal and non-verbal) from the interviewer.
; “Is there anything else you would like me to know about you?” – Use this question to reiterate your key themes.
; Bring all the pieces together during the close! Did you answer the top 3 questions? Remember that this is a
; Confirm that you are interested in continuing the process. If the interviewer does not tell you what the next step
; Thank them for the opportunity to interview.
; PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Do multiple mock interviews with Career Coaches, Parker CMC
Counselors, friends, etc.
OTHER KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER
; Arrive on time (preferably 10-15 minutes before the interview time).
; Bring extra copies of your updated resume to offer only in case you are asked.
; Dress appropriately. Research the company, and know what is expected (usually business formal).
; Pay attention to your own body language, voice inflection and facial expressions from start to finish. ; Remember to get business cards from the interviewer and other people you meet.
; Remember that you are being evaluated from the moment you meet the interviewer – appearance, handshake,
and composure are all important!
; Send a THANK YOU NOTE to each person you interviewed with (within 24-48 hours of the interview). Be brief,
but use it to jog their memory by mentioning something unique or specific that you discussed in the interview. ; When in doubt about how to behave before, during, and after an interview, ask yourself the following: “Would
this be acceptable in the corporate world? How will this impact me, my classmates, and the image of UCLA