Students

On Site Interview

Congratulations! You have made it to the last stage of the hiring process. Companies that invite, pay for, and take the time for site interviews are very serious about hiring you—you’re one of their top candidates. So, again, you’ll want to be prepared. Research the company as a whole, as well as the department that you are interested in. Learn about their products, services, size, customers, competition, new and existing projects, and future plans. You might interview in a conference room with a number of hiring managers, or you may have a series of one-on-one interviews with individual hiring managers. Bring a padfolio with as many as 10 copies of your resume and references (you just never know who may want/need one).

Conference Interview:

Each interviewer may take a turn asking you a question. You’ll want to make eye contact with the interviewer asking you the question, and you should begin your answer looking at that person, but very soon, ensure you briefly make eye contact with all the others around the table.

Series of One-on-One Interviews:

This can be challenging, because you often feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, or you can’t remember whether you told your story to this interviewer or the last one. Please know that it’s definitely okay (in fact, it’s good) to give the same examples to each interviewer. Give them all your best stories and examples of the work and experiences you’re most proud of.

It’s also tough to keep up your enthusiasm and energy for a number of interviews in a row, but it’s critical you give each your best impression, which must include your excitement for the opportunity to join their team.