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The interview is your chance to shine.

You landed the interview—congratulations! Now it's time to prove you're the right choice.

No matter what opportunity you seek, your objective is to demonstrate to your interviewers that you are the answer to their problem. To do this you must prepare intensely. Walk in knowing your assets, the industry trends and the organization. Anticipate what questions you'll be asked, then show them you can accomplish what they want and then some.

Learn what to expect:

  • Types of Interviews

    Screening Interview: a preliminary interview to determine whether you will be considered a candidate; on-campus interviews and job fair interviews are usually screening interviews, and they can take place in person, by phone or virtually

    Group Interview: an interview in which a group of people asks questions of one candidate

    Behavior-Based Interview: an interview in which the interviewer matches your performance skills to the job requirements by asking you to tell stories about situations, actions and results

    Case Interview: an interview in which problems are presented to you to answer within a time frame and in which the answer to the problem is less important than the process by which you arrive at the answer; business students may encounter case interviewing and should be prepared for it

  • Sample Questions by Theme

    General/Common Questions
    Tell me about yourself. (Note: This is the perfect time for you to relay your professional pitch.)
    Why are you looking for a new job?
    Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
    What about this role appeals to you?
    What salary and compensation are you looking for?
    What represents good performance in your field or functional area of expertise? Please give key indicators.
    How would you apply what you have learned in your degree program to this job?
    Who is the worst boss, subordinate, colleague with whom you have worked and why?
    Who is the best boss, subordinate, colleague with whom you have worked and why?
    In your past position, what problems did you identify that previously had been overlooked?
    What are your greatest career accomplishments?
    How do you think your qualifications match our needs?
    Explain where you fit within your current organization and how your position interacts with the entire company.

    Interpersonal Skills
    What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    What have been your best courses? Your worst?
    What kind of relationships do you prefer to have with your peers/ boss/ direct reports?
    Give me an example of your leadership skill.
    Do you make an effort to help others on your team be more productive?
    How would you describe your impact on your last company?
    Who is the worst boss, subordinate, colleague, peer with whom you have worked and why?

    Approaches to Problem Solving
    What problems did you identify in your current position that had been previously overlooked?
    How did you change the nature of your current job?
    What changes have you recommended? Why? Have they been effective?
    Describe a situation where your judgment proved valuable.
    Are you more analytical or intuitive? Give an example of your approach to problem resolution.
    What notable successes have you had in problem solving for your current company?
    What has been the most difficult situation you have faced at work?

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1. Go to Interview Stream.
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Last Published 8/22/16