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Before the Interview

Practice & Mentally Prepare

Behavioral Interview Prep Guide

Find out who is conducting the interview

  • Will the interviewer be a manager, recruiter or other employees at the company?  Is the interviewer a screener or a decider? Will you be interviewed by more than one person?
  • Often, the representatives that you meet at an on-campus event (career fair, information session, etc.) will be the same person/people conducting the interview. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet with them and make a good first impression!
  • Talk to friends who have interviewed with the company - they may be able to share valuable insight with you.

Find out what type of interview to expect

  • Some companies conduct general and behavioral interviews for the first round of interviews, while others may require technical questions in the first interview. Ask the representative, so you are prepared.

Review the Job Description

  • Be knowledgeable about the position you are interviewing for and the skills that the employer is looking for.
  • Prepare stories that highlight how your skills meet the job requirements and be able to articulate these connections in the interview.

Research the Company

  • Be sure to research information about the company you are interviewing with.
  • Understand the company culture, it's values, mission, know about recent events in the industry.

Review your Resume

It is impossible to predict what type of technical question you will be asked. The best way to prepare for questions is to review the skills you listed on your resume that relate to the job.

  • Questions may generate from the experience you highlight on your resume; so be prepared to discuss past projects and results.  Example: "Could you tell me more about your role in the 'X' intern program?” or “did the company implement the program you designed and what was the result?”
  • Technical Interviews: Create a portfolio of code samples, user interface designs, blog posts, papers, open source projects, interesting problems you have solved (even if just explained on paper). Write out example code strings. Anything you can point to that shows some of your skills and experiences. Be sure you have permission to discuss any of the projects and results highlighted on your resume that you would discuss in an interview.  Did you sign a non-disclosure agreement?  If so, be very cautious about explaining specifics.

 
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Need a quiet room for an upcoming phone or webcam interview?  The Texas Recruitment + Interview Services (TRIS) offers private interview rooms for students to reserve!