Your application has gotten you an interview. Congratulations! Now is the time for you to verbally communicate why they should hire you. Perhaps the most important key to succeeding in the interview process is to be prepared.
Questions will usually cover five areas: education, experience, career goals, skills/abilities and knowledge of the organization. It is critical to able to effectively communicate how your background is complementary to the position and the goals of the organization. The interview process is a two-way street; not only are you being interviewed, but you are interviewing them.
If you need a quiet space to have a phone or Skype interview, you can use the CCPA. Call the Office to make arrangements at 610-896-1181.
Our six page guide covers interview preparation, sample interview questions, interview types, day-of-the-interview advice, what to do after the interview, and much more.
Practice makes perfect in most situations, and interviewing for internships and job interviews is no exception. Successful candidates are ones who make the time to research the industry and prospective employers carefully and to practice their interview skills.
Alumni who can offer industry-expertise in interview situations are available to help. Log onto Haverford Connect to find alumni volunteers. Mock interviews and networking meetings can be made directly through the system.
Use CareerBeam for quick and easy interview practice by recording your own practice interviews.
Case Interviews and Preparation
Case interviews are a critical technique used by consulting firms to interview their intern and full-time candidates. In case interviews, an applicant is given a question or analytical problem to solve during the interview. Review the tips from these top consulting firms when preparing for your case interview.
These books can be checked out from the CCPA Library.
- Case In Point by Marc Consentino (highly recommended)
- Mastering the Case Interview by Alexander Chernev
- Case interview Secrets by Victor Cheng
- Case Study Handbook by William Ellet
CCPA purchased 25 licenses for 25 students to use CG Interactive, an advanced on-line interactive case training developed by Mark Cosentino. CQI focuses on the skills you need to walk into the case interview well prepared and confident. Stop by CCPA to obtain a license number and the access information.
CCPA has a copy of Case in Point by Mark Cosentino in Stokes 300. We highly recommend reviewing this book in your Case Interview research.
Unlimited amount of mock case interviews with peers, 60+ cases will be unlocked in the Case Library, which includes video case solutions. With Personal Case Analytics, assess your overall competitiveness versus the community with performance benchmarking based on case reviews.
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