Preparing for Interviews

Remember: your interviewer is interviewing you because their team has too much work, they need to hire a new employee to help them, and they would like to hire someone as soon as possible.

 

Therefore, they are hoping that you are going to be awesome! Many students feel like an interview is a scary test and they are trying to trick you, but really you should shift your perspective and recognize that they want you to do well! Also, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.

 

Interviews vary significantly. We cannot predict what questions they will ask you or how exactly the interview will be structured, but you can learn what’s going on in the interviewer’s head and prepare accordingly.

 

Every interviewer has three questions on their mind when they are evaluating you:

  1. Do you want the job? -> Why do you want their role, their industry, their organization?

  2. Can you do the job? -> Why you?

  3. Are you a culture fit for their organization?

Pro tip: Research on glassdoor.com for the position and company you are applying to and often past candidates will describe what to expect in these interviews. Take it with a grain of salt, but it could give you insight in the types of questions that they might ask you.