4One on One Interview The most common interview format. Traditionally conducted by a direct supervisor. The interviewer may be directly following a clear agenda, or relying on you to lead the discussion as you answer open-ended questions.
5Panel InterviewA panel interview is conducted by two or more interviewers and is designed to reduce individual interviewer bias. One member of the panel may ask all of the questions or individual panel member may take turns. Popular with Scholarship interviews
6Group InterviewA group interview is when several candidates for a position are interviewed simultaneously. Offer employers a sense of your leadership potential and style, and provide a glimpse of what you may actually be like as an employee and how you would fit into the team.
7Do’s and Don’ts DO Don’t Don’t think so fashionable, think more conservativeDON'T Let Your Clothes Be a DistractionDON'T Pile on the Labels and the FlashNO Jeans of any kindDon't: Check the time or appear in a hurryDo not Swear or use slang wordsWear too much perfume or makeupDOBe over than under dressedResearch the organizationPrepare for A Good Handshake or a good greetingPrepare a List of QuestionsArrive ten to fifteen minutes before your interviewBe YourselfSend a thank you card/ after your interview
9Some Topics of Discussion Motivation Commitment Passion and spark! Initiative Ability to work with people Willingness to take responsibility Be articulate Be well informed Sell yourself strongly but not obnoxiously Conclude graciously
10TIPS RESEARCH the company/org Be EARLY FIRM handshake Eye contact with EVERYONEBe Enthusiastic (SMILE)No UM’s, LIKE’s or “YOU KNOW”Be SPECIFIC (Tell a story, make them laugh!)Ask QUESTIONSBe CONFIDENTGive a CONCLUDING STATEMENT OF APPRETIATION (even if its just a thank you)
11Sample Questions Tell us a little bit about your self ? This question is often used as an ice-breakerDon’t restate your resume, they already know thatDon’t be generic. The best answer is when you have told them something that only you can say and is unique to youDon’t just mention your credentialsTalk about your hobbies, interests outside the classroom.Paint a picture of the day in the life of you.What makes you an ideal candidate for our scholarship?Mentions skills you have and use your resume to back them up.Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?Its ok to say you don’t know, but emphasize why investing in you is worth it
12Why did you select Mason? Buzz words include location, diversity, degrees, faculty, but think of something unique to you!Why should we consider you for our program?Who inspires you?For many it is your parents because they work hard, but be specific!Tell them examples, stories, descriptions, moments of when they were inspirational to youGive us an example of a time you overcame adversityDetails, details, details! Its story time not one sentence!Focus more on the outcome, how you grew from it, and how you overcame it
13Be Yourself. Break the ice Be Yourself! Break the ice! Smile, laugh, and be engaging even if on the inside you feel like….