During the Interview

During the Interview


Have a 10 – 30 sec. self-introduction or elevator speech

  • for introducing yourself to interviewers
  • for receptionists and others you encounter

Interview Stages

These parts of interviews may happen in separate stages or weave back and forth.

  • Small Talk: to help you get comfortable
  • Asking You Questions: allowing you both to determine your fit with the company
  • Providing Info about the position/organization: if you and the position match
  • You Ask Questions: during or at the end.
  • Closure: to help you know what happens next.

Interview Variations

Interview Types

  • Formal, Informal, Situational, Stress, Behavioral


  • in-person, phone, or skype
  • one-on-one interviews
  • panel interviews (with multiple interviewers)
  • group interviews (with multiple interviewees)
  • round robins (several one-on-one interviews back to back)
  • interviews requiring you to give a presentation or lead an activity
  • short screening interviews to day long visits with multiple activities.

Learning more about what to do about these variations will help you to project a positive, professional image when you encounter them in interviews. Practice and get feedback on related strategies with others or at walk-in hours to practice with CPaRC staff.

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