A formal interview is a structured conversation between a prospective employee and a hiring manager. It occurs in-person or over the phone and typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes.
In addition to the standard questions (e.g., “What are your strengths?”), you might be asked behavioral-based questions that prompt you to describe past experiences and how you handled them.
The format of an in-person interview may vary depending on the company, but it’s typically composed of two parts: an introduction by the hiring manager and an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of the meeting.
In general, here’s what will happen:
The hiring manager introduces herself and explains what she does at the company and what your potential job responsibilities would be. She’ll also tell you about the position she’s trying to fill, including its title, salary range, hours required and other basic details like this.
The interviewer will ask you standard questions about your background and experience as well as perhaps some more detailed questions about specific projects or accomplishments listed on your resume. Don’t be surprised if there are unexpected curveballs thrown into the mix — these are designed to see how well you handle pressure and think on your feet!
Last modified: August 18, 2022