Forms of Interviews
There are different forms of interviews. They normally depend on how far away you are from who wants to interview you and how much they are willing to spend.
Over the Phone
Phone interviews are typical for first round interviews. They cost the least to the company and gives the company an initial impression of you. There are things you can do and what you need to keep in mind when you do these.
- Find a quite place to take the phone interview.
- Find out what kind of interview it is. (Technical, critical thinking, or behavioral)
- Having a spot with a table, a piece of paper, and pencil to take notes and draw out problems.
- Prior to the interview, write out a bunch of possible behavioral questions and have at least two or three situations that would answer those. This will make it so that you don’t have to think on the spot of situations.
Typically an “in person” interview is the last set of interviews. If you got this far, that is good. It means that they are really considering you for the position. This kind of interview typically takes the most effort and can last from one hour to a multi-day interview. The longest one that I had was about 6 hours. Friends of mine who are in different majors had in person interviews that lasted two days. There are a few things to keep in mind when you do this kind of interview.
- Don’t show up late. People are taking time out of their schedule and if you are late, it screws everyone’s schedules up. And if you will be late due to something you can’t control, call and let someone know. They might reschedule you to another day or move their schedule around to accommodate when you arrive.
- Dress decently. Don’t come in a t-shirt and jeans. Come in something that looks respectable. The level of how you dress should depend on the typical dress culture of the company that you will be interviewing for. If everyone is wearing a suit, it is safe to do so. The position that you should try to stay away from, is when you dress less than those who work for the company. I am not a fan of dressing up too much and I don’t expect others to do so either. If you want to come in a suit, that is up to you. But a semi-formal dress is suffice.
- Be confident. Someone who isn’t confident somewhat hints to the interviewer that they don’t have faith in their own skills.
- Ask questions. You should always be asking questions. If it isn’t questions related to questions you are being asked, then ask question to the interviewer. Some questions I asked when I get interviewed are:
- What do you like the most/least working here?
- How is your experience working here?
- What is your normal day like?
- What is your journey line?
- What would you want to change?
This does not happen for all fields. Only certain jobs and certain companies do this. These occur in forms of doing a presentation, and simulations. These are a bit harder to prepare for. I had programming simulation where I had to build a whole system from scratch. I know others who was given a topic and needed to do research and do an presentation in front of a group of people. The only tips I can give you for this is good luck and hope you know what you said you know.