Career Services - Step 3

Big Interview

Preparing for the interview

Conducting research so that you are familiar with the organization with whom you are interviewing is essential in order to “speak” to their interests and needs. Refer back to the career research and employment tab for more resources.

Additionally, watch this video from the Linked In career center to learn more about how to use social media to conduct your research.

Help Guide: Conducting Employer Research on Linked In.

Dress for success and use effective verbal and non-verbal communication

First impressions matter and often interviewers will base their decision to tune in or out for the rest of the interview after only the first couple of minutes.

View this video to learn more:
Provided with permission by D’Youville CSC.

Interview Structure:
  • Telephone interview for pre-screening who should be invited for an on-site interview
    Article: Conducting the Successful Phone Interview
  • Interview one-on-one or with a group or committee to assess compatibility with the position, work environment, and the rest of the team
  • First round interview with a human resources representative to pre-screen who should be recommended to the hiring manager
  • Second round interview with the hiring manager or committee to dig deeper into your background and fit with the position and organization.
  • Third round interview for further clarification if needed.
Interview Types:

You may encounter various interview styles and types of questions. 
Watch this show to learn more:
Developing your communication skills for the job interview (PDF)

  • Behavior Based
    This is the most common type of interview. The purpose is to determine how you have behaved or would behave in situations typical for the position. With a short period of time to get to know you, asking you to provide examples and scenarios is sometimes the best way for an employer to get a sense of how you would interact, solve problems and carry out your duties in the position for which you are being interviewed.

  • Unstructured
    You are ready to address specific questions and then the interviewer states something like “Your resume is superb, so what would you like to know about us?” You are in control and need to be prepared to structure the interview yourself.

  • Classic case study, brain teasers and team game
    These are often found in business and consulting. The purpose is to assess your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Additional Resources:

Career Trax, Interviews
, provided by our partnership with CareerSource

Article: Interview Time Is Show Time
Article: Preemployment Inquiries Related to Disabilities

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