Landing an interview with a prospective employer is a significant accomplishment. This is your opportunity to make a personal connection with the employer and show why you’d be perfect for the job. Therefore, learning how to prepare and interview well is essential. Interviewers want to see that you are able to present yourself, that you are articulate and comfortable and that you are able to handle difficult questions and situations. They also want to see what kind of colleague you will be. Call today to set-up an appointment to have a mock interview: (316) 978-3688. Schedule an Appointment
What do you see in your mind when you picture a professional-level job interview? Do you see one person sitting across the table or desk from you asking questions? Your interview may look like that, or it may look drastically different. It all depends on the employer’s hiring preferences.
Employers often use a phone, and increasingly-so Skype, interviews to screen candidates before choosing who to invite for on-site interviews. In larger companies, the phone interview will often be conducted by a member of the Human Resources team.
This is the most common type of interview. It is typically a one-on-one exchange at the organization’s office.
A panel involves one interviewee being interviewed by multiple interviewers.
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Behavior-based questions are structured open-ended questions. The premise of asking such questions is that PAST behavior and performance are the best predictors for FUTURE behavior and performance in similar situations. You will want to draw from previous work experience, classes, activities, team involvement or volunteer experience.
EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR-BASED QUESTIONS
The interviewer is looking for the following traits in the answers you provide:
Adaptability • Attention to detail • Communication • Creativity • Critical thinking • Customer service • Decision making • Flexibility • Goal setting • Independence • Influence • Integrity • Judgment • Leadership • Listening • Motivation • Organizing • Planning • Policies and processes • Presentation skills • Procedures • Sensitivity • Stress management • Teamwork • Technical knowledge • Time management
First impressions count, and yes, interviewers do judge a book by its cover. Plan in advance how you will dress for the interview, choosing clothes that are subtle, professional, and conservative. Dressing your best shows respect and professionalism. You only have one chance to make a strong first impression!
Things to Remember