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Types of Interviews

When preparing for a job or internship interview, remember that there are a few different types of interviews. Be prepared for anything!

Behavioral Interviews

Most job or internship interviews fall into the behavioral interview category. In these interviews employers ask you questions about your past to see your skill level and cultural background. Interviewers will generally have an idea of the skills you claim to possess, and then use the interview process to see if you actually have developed them.

Sample Behavioral Interview Questions
  • What is the hardest task you had to perform in your internship last semester?
  • Describe an instance where someone challenged your opinion. What did you end up doing?
  • Tell me about your strategies for effective time management. What specific tools do you use?
  • How do you handle juggling completely different tasks? Give me an example of how you multitask on the job.
  • Explain how you handle conflict. Tell me about a recent experience.
Group/Panel Interview Tips

A Group or Panel interview involves a candidate being interviewed by a number of people simultaneously. Employers will generally choose this route to save time. While this can be intimidating for the candidate, simply try to initially respond by focusing on the person who asked the original question, and then establish eye contact with everyone else while answering.

Group interviews can also involve several candidates in a room together with one interviewer. Again, this is primarily done to save the employer time, as well as to see how you interact with other candidates.