Types of Interviews:
Interviews may focus on a specific field or position, or be general in nature. Students and mentors can select whether the interview be held on the phone, over Skype or in-person.
See below for more information on the type of interviews offered.
An informational interview is a brief meeting with someone
currently working in your field of interest that offers you an insider's
perspective. The purpose of an informational interview is not to get a job.
It's to better understand a particular position or industry and make potential
connections in that field.
If you request an informational
interview with an ASK volunteer, he/she will expect something more structured
and focused than an informal chat. Treat the informational interview as a
business meeting. Prior to the interview, research the company or career and
develop a short list of questions that you would like to have answered. For a
sample list of questions, visit Quintessential Careers' Informational
The Following are a sample of more
traditional or standard interviewing questions that candidates would encounter
in a variety of fields. These questions tend to be more subjective in nature,
so there is not necessarily one "right" answer. Make sure your
responses stay professional in nature and use specific examples when possible.
Tell me a little about yourself
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What is your greatest weakness?
Other popular questions:
Why did you decide to major in _________?
How did you come to know about this company and what interests you in our work?
Tell me about a few of your accomplishments?
What makes you stand out from other candidates?
Ideal for the long-distance volunteer, phone
interviews are designed to simulate the screening process and focus on quick,
short answers that determine if you have the required skills for the job. Since
you cannot see the interviewer, phone interviews require greater care in being
concise and verbally clear in your answers.
principle behind behavioral interview questions is that the most accurate
predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation.
Employers use this method to obtain an objective set of facts to make
How to Respond: Behavioral interview questions require specific
and detailed answers. You should identify a specific situation that relates to
the question In a three-step process, (1) addressing the situation, (2) your
action and (3) the outcome.
Share a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
Describe a time in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills.
Give me an example of an important goal which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision or responding to a difficult situation.
interview is a thoughtful discussion of business issues and problem-solving
techniques. They are designed to assess a candidate's problem-solving skills,
analytical abilities, creativity and ability to think "outside of the
box." These would be appropriate for MBA candidates.
"Zingers" are questions intended to test the applicant's ability to handle stress. They are rarely used in an interview, but a great way to prepare.
Veruki, Peter. The 250 Job Interview Questions. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 1999.