Interviews FAQ

What is the purpose of a job interview?
The purpose of an interview is to find the best person for the job. Landing a job interview gives you the opportunity to explain your career training, job skills and abilities, and accomplishments. There are many things to consider when preparing for a job interview such as planning, what to wear, what questions will be asked and how to answer them, and much more. Overall, you want to make a good impression on the employer and preparation is the key to a successful interview. Mock interviews are always good practice before your job interview.

How do I get ready for my interview?
Before your interview, research and learn about the organizations and the position. When you gather information about a company, it helps you understand their values and priorities. You also want to make sure you review your resume so you can answer with details about your experiences and accomplishments during the interview.

What types of interviews are there?
Most people are familiar with a single in-person interview. There are in fact a few different types of interviews.

  • In-person Interview
    Gives the initial impression. Specific questions to help evaluate your qualifications for the position. You may be asked behavioral questions, which focus on how you have reacted or handled work situations in the past.
  • Phone Interview
    Similar to an in-person interview. You may be asked some of the same questions as an in-person interview. This type of interview may come before an in-person interview.
  • Group Interview
    An interview that may include three or more people asking questions about your qualifications and previous experiences. A group interview can access how well you fit with a team.
  • Video Interview
    Technology is prevalent today and video interviews are not uncommon. This type of interview uses technology to allow people in different locations to have a "person-to-person" interview with out having to travel.

To view other types of interviews, what to expect, and tips on how to excel at different types of interviews visit CareerOneStop.

What are some common interview questions?
There are many common questions that you should expect to be asked during an interview. Take a look at the list below to help you better prepare for your interview.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in working for this company?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Give an example of where you were able to contribute to a team project?
  • How do you work under pressure or stress?
  • Do you have any questions for me (the employer)?

Visit CareerOneStop to view the complete list of common questions and questions to ask the employer.

What should I wear to my interview?
Making a good first impression is critical, so take time to carefully select your wardrobe. When learning about the company, take time to find out what employees wear, including managers. When selecting the interview day's wardrobe, aim a notch above the position you're applying. Not every job interview requires you to wear a dark suit and tie, or conservative blouse and long skirt, but it's expected your clothes will look neat, clean and pressed. That means no sagging or wrinkled clothing, or loud colors. Avoid aftershave or perfumes that could potentially set of someone's allergies or sensitivities, no heavy make-up and no flashy jewelry. Make sure teeth are brushed, hair is combed and shave off the 3-day stubble.

The important thing about your dress is to give the hiring manager the impression that you can easily fit into the company's culture. When in doubt about dress, ask the HR department or recruiter.

Visit Purdue Owl for the complete list of Dos and Don'ts for what to wear to your job interview.

It is the day of my interview! What do I need to remember?
It is important to be organized and prepared on the day of your interview. Bring with you a notepad and pen to take notes or important details you want to remember and extra copies of your resume.

Be sure to manage your time and plan ahead. You want to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. You also want to plan and check your route for traffic. Turn off your cellphone. You don't want any interruptions or make a negative impression during your interview. Remember to be confident, polite and maintain eye contact.

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