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Effective Interviewing Guide

The first step in an effective interview is to analyze the job qualifications and develop accomplishment stories from your background to show how you fit. However, this is just the beginning. This guide will help prepare for every kind of interview, from the typical interview to the stress or case interview.

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Preparation
Effective Interviewing Guide

Analyze the job qualifications

The first step prior to the interview is to analyze the job qualifications and develop accomplishment stories from your background to show how you fit. Use the job description and contacts such as GSM alums to gather information on the position. To show how your background fits:

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Parts of the Interview
Effective Interviewing Guide

Introduction

  • Most interviewers take the first ninety seconds or so to set you at ease and give you a fast “once over.”
  • The early dialogue, facial expressions, small talk, and your responsiveness all help set the mood and tone for the following twenty-five minutes.
  • The establishment of good rapport in the first few moments of the interview is crucial to achieving a positive outcome.
  • Begin from the onset to personalize the interview. What makes you better or different? Why you?
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Interview Questions
Effective Interviewing Guide

When you go to an interview, you should be prepared to answer questions about everything from your your professional background and experience to your knowledge about the industry you hope to work in and your own personal background. This is a list of the different types of questions you might get during an interview.

Open Ended Questions

Respond to open-ended questions by focusing on a few key ideas in an organized concise way.

Q: Run me through your résumé.

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After the Interview
Effective Interviewing Guide

  • As soon as possible, write notes for yourself. Summarize information that you should have brought out about your background and experience. Use this material to include in a thank-you letter. Also, note the interviewer’s name and address.
  • Thank you letters are probably not necessary after a first round on campus interview. However, they are valued as a means of indicating level of interest for second or third round interviews. If you do write a thank you note, personalize it and add some additional information that you didn’t convey during the interview.
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Call Back Interviews
Effective Interviewing Guide

After the Interview

The call back second interview has two objectives. The company wants to verify the campus interviewer’s positive first impression and then probe deeper into the candidate’s fit with the organization through exposure to a number of the company’s managers. Call back interviews offer an opportunity for you to find out more about the company, job and geographic area. Therefore, you should do as much interviewing as the company.

Attributes of call back interviews:

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Behavioral Interviews
Effective Interviewing Guide

Behavioral interviewing is based on the concept that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. The interviewer wants specific examples of when and how you  demonstrated particular behaviors. The candidate must describe in detail an experience and how you dealt with this situation. In answering behavioral questions, you should strive to provide examples which best demonstrate that a particular positive behavior is Long-standing. Behavioral questions usually begin with:

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Stress Interviews
Effective Interviewing Guide

During a stress interview the interviewer deliberately creates a charged, threatening atmosphere; contradicts or argues with the candidate; or changes conversational courses without warning to create tension in the candidate.

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Case Interviews: A Complete Guide
Effective Interviewing Guide

In the last several years the “case interview” has become increasingly popular, especially in the field of consulting, as a means of evaluating a candidate’s analytical abilities. An employer utilizing this approach will present a hypothetical business problem, either from an actual in-house situation or a possible scenario drawn from the work experience reflected on your résumé.

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InterviewStream
Effective Interviewing Guide

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