Interviews & Job Offers

We encourage you to contact the Career Center to schedule a mock interview in addition to utilizing these resources!

Interviews may occur at the employer's site, on the telephone, at a job fair, or over coffee. But no matter where they occur, preparation is the key to success. The interview is your chance to shine and an opportunity for both you and the employer to decide whether you are right for each other.

There are many different types of interviews, so it is important to know what type you are preparing for.

  • Informational InterviewsInformal conversation with someone working in an area of interest who will give you information and advice. It is not a job interview, and the objective is not to find job openings.
  • Phone Screen: Often conducted prior to scheduling an in-person interview in order save the employer time. It's important to take a phone screen seriously and prepare for it the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview.  
  • Traditional One-on-One: Most commonly, interviews are conducted in a private area with only the interviewer and the interviewee present. 
  • Panel Interviews: Panel interviews consist of multiple interviewers and one interviewee: you. This type of interview may seem a bit more intimidating; however, if you prepare like you would for any other interview, you'll be ready to excel.
  • Group Interviews: A group interview consists one or two interviewers and a larger group of interviewees being interviewed at once. This type of interview could be chosen by the employer in an effort to save time, but more often, they are intended to observe how the interviewees interact with each other. Your soft skills will be on full display. 

After you interview, it is important to be prepared to receive a job offer, including understanding how to negotiate salary and evaluate offers. 


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