Types of Interviews
Campus Recruiting Interviews
These job or internship interviews occur at the Hart Career Center and are offered by companies interested in recruiting IWU students. To apply to Campus Recruiting Interviews, utilize Titan CareerLink. You may only have 30 minutes, so focus on problems that you solved or challenges you overcame during a past work experience or an internship. If the organization offers an information session the day prior to the interview, attend it and dress business casual.
Be sure to adhere to your interview schedule. Arrive at the Hart Career Center approximately 10-15 minutes early to check-in for your appointment and to receive any additional instructions. If you must cancel an on-campus interview appointment, you must do so at least two business days prior to the scheduled visit using the Titan CareerLink system. Failure to show up for a scheduled interview will result in your losing any further on-campus interviewing privileges.
Second Interviews/Office Visits
The purpose of an office visit is to allow you to get a more detailed assessment of the employment opportunity, and for the employer to make a more in-depth evaluation of your personal qualities. The second interview visit may include any of the following:
- You may be greeted by a company representative who will act as your host for the visit. This person may be an IWU graduate or someone working in the area for which you are being considered.
- The company will plan the day to keep you engaged in meaningful activities. You will most likely meet with several key managers, including those responsible for making hiring decisions. Interviews may be one-on-one or panel/group interviews.
- An interview luncheon or dinner may be arranged. This is considered a prime opportunity for you and the employer to get to know more about each other outside the formal interview process. Though less formal, this is still part of the interview process. Regardless of the attitude of the participants, you are still under scrutiny. Avoid politics and other controversial issues. Be professional. Do not order alcohol, even if the interviewer does.
This is typically a screening interview, though may replace a face-to-face interview if distance is an issue. Without having visual cues from the interviewer, it is hard to assess how your answers are being received. Listen for changes in tone and inflection. Smile as you speak so that your voice projects enthusiasm and interest. Your goal during the interview is to convince the interviewer that you’re worth bringing into the office for an interview.
- Pick a quiet location where you can speak openly and without interruption. If you have call waiting, ignore it. If using a cell phone, be sure your battery is charged and reception is strong.
- Keep your resume, cover letter and the job description nearby for reference.
Talking to a current professional is a great way to determine if a career field is for you. An informational interview is an information-gathering conversation between you and someone employed in the career field in which you are interested. It allows you to learn about a career field of interest, while also doing a reality check. It’s also a great way to prepare for a “real” interview.