What should you wear to the interview?
It is always a good idea to dress up for an interview. The interviewer may or may not dress up for the interview. Often, they will simply wear casual clothes with the company shirt. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what the interviewer is wearing, you should dress up and look nice since dressing up shows you are taking the interview seriously.
How important is it to be on time for the interview?
The interviewer usually has between 9 and 13 interviews during the day (30 or 45 minutes per interview) with very few breaks. If you are late for the interview, it is unlikely the interviewer will be able to accommodate you because it will throw off the entire schedule for the day. If you know you have a conflict with the day or time of the interview, it is okay to contact the interviewer ahead of time to change the interview. It is not okay to miss the entire interview and later ask for a makeup time.
Who is giving the interview?
The recruiters for the Career Fair may be different than the person giving the interview on campus. Interviewers are often first-level managers at the company. They may be hiring managers looking for specific students who meet their own hiring needs or they may be managers recruiting for several openings in the company. First-level managers can be technical people or they can be business people. The interviewers can also be trained HR professionals who are usually non-technical people. The technical abilities of the interviewer may determine the type of interview that is used. Non-technical people will most likely give behavioral interviews while technical people may include some problem solving exercises.
How does the resume help in the interview?
The resume provides you with opportunities for talking points during the interview. The interviewer is going to study your resume during the interview and will ask you questions about items on your resume. You should be able to give at least one interesting example for every academic project, work experience, or course listed on your resume.
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