Interviews & Job Offers | University of Portland

Interviews & Job Offers

Whether you have an interview coming up or want to be prepared for when you do, preparation is the key to success. It is important to understand strategies to answering common interview questions, and to practice your answers prior to the interview. This is your chance to shine and an opportunity for both you and the employer to decide whether you are right for each other.

Interview Types: There are many different types of interviews, so it is important to know what type you are preparing for.

  • Informational InterviewsInformal conversation with someone working in an area of interest who will give you information and advice. It is not a job interview, and the objective is not to find job openings.
  • Phone Screen: Often conducted prior to scheduling an in-person interview in order save the employer time. It's important to take a phone screen seriously and prepare for it the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview.  
  • Traditional One-on-One: Most commonly, interviews are conducted in a private area with only the interviewer and the interviewee present. 
  • Panel Interviews: Panel interviews consist of multiple interviewers and one interviewee: you. This type of interview may seem a bit more intimidating; however, if you prepare like you would for any other interview, you'll be ready to excel.
  • Group Interviews: A group interview consists one or two interviewers and a larger group of interviewees being interviewed at once. This type of interview could be chosen by the employer in an effort to save time, but more often, they are intended to observe how the interviewees interact with each other. Your soft skills will be on full display. 

After you interview, it is important to be prepared to receive a job offer, including understanding how to negotiate salary and evaluate offers. 

View all of our interview and offer-negotiation handouts and resources

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Build your confidence by scheduling a mock interview!