The interview process can take many forms. If you have been offered an interview, congratulations. The resources in this section will help you prepare.
Most initial or first-round interviews last 30-45 minutes. They are often one-on-one or two-on-one. The emphasis of the interviewer is to get to know your motivations and goals better, while gathering specific information about the experiences and skills already highlighted in your application.
Know the structure.
- First 2–3 minutes: Introductions, small talk, what to expect
- Next 15–20 minutes: Questions for you
- Final 5–10 minutes: Questions for the interviewer, next steps
Some organizations make hiring decisions based on one interview, but most have several rounds of interviews, including a visit to the organization itself. Interviews that take place at the organization can last a few hours to a full day, and you are likely to meet with a number of people from the department in which you would work. You may also meet with employees from various departments.
To best prepare for these interviews, ask the recruiter or hiring manager these questions:
- What is the overall agenda for my interview?
- With whom will I be interviewing?
- Are there any materials or information you would like me to bring?
- If travel is involved, do I make those arrangements myself and submit receipts for reimbursement, or do you arrange for any travel needs?