Have a 10 – 30 sec. self-introduction or elevator speech
- for introducing yourself to interviewers
- for receptionists and others you encounter
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.
- 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.