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  Companies may have a standard format and structure for interviews they conduct with selected job
  candidates. Normally these are conducted for a scheduled date and time with one or multiple 
  representatives from the company. These sessions may be combined into one or held independently
  of each other during the date and time period indicated.

  There is a possibility the interview may be conducted by telephone or by video conference using
  Skype or a company licensed video conferencing tool that they can provide you set-up instructions
  and the process to connect (which may be video and audio or just audio).

  Read the tab Video Conferencing to prepare your location for being "video ready" to make a stronger
  impression to the interviewers and minimize your worries and challenges during the interview.

   Standard Interview 

This style of questioning contains basic interview questions, which may include questions like:
  1. Why are you interviewing with us today?
  2. How did you select your career?
  3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  4. How do you perform best at your work?
  5. Tell me about yourself.
               Examine the various questions contained in and within the Interview tab to learn
               what questions you may be asked and prepare a thoughtful positive response that
               you can clearly and honestly provide to them.

   Behavioral Interview 

        Behavioral interview questions focus on your past so the company can attempt to predict your
        future behavior and performance.  Some of the behavioral interview questions may include:
             1. Describe a time when you did not get along with a colleague.
             2. Tell me about your biggest professional failure.
             3. When someone brings you a question how do you respond to the individual.
             4. How do you resolve problems within a team or workgroup.
             5. How to you work with others to help insure a successful outcome.

       Situational questions are often asked to see how you would address a problem in the absence
       of guidance.

             On Friday afternoon, you manager indicates needing to be in a week-long meeting that
             coming Monday and will not be available during that time. You have been given an added
             task during their absence to prepare a draft plan for a new high-profile project that is
             under consideration for an important customer. You have done this before but do not
             review the materials until Monday. You now have questions that will make the accuracy
             of your work less than needed.  How do you address this problem?

      Case Interviews are primarily used in the consulting industry with a focus on how you would
      address and solve specific business matters that could arise.

         1. A business is drawing new customers but profitability is not meeting expectations.
             What are the potential problems?

         2. How many miniature marshmallows would be required to fill a 1964 Volkeswagon
             Beetle with manual transmission and a sunroof?

      Presentation interviews often involve presenting you with a hypothetical business issue and
      require you present candidate solutions. You are granted 15 minutes to prepare and 15 to present.
      Part of the secret is to immediately begin outlining your presentation and think fast by writing
      notes on paper. Insufficient time exists to create nice charts or drawing but you can sketch
      them on any available whiteboard to help understanding of your solution. Brainstorm your
      initial thoughts with those in the room to show your thinking process and energy to find a
      solution to meet the specific needs.

   Panel Interview 

      Panel interviews will consist of multiple people, often bounded only by the number of questions
      each has, the number of panelists and the amount of time. You may be presented all of the
      questions by one person, each person may present only their questions in a group, or each
      member of the panel may take turns asking their questions individually. This places a time
      pressure on you so be certain you understand their question before responding. It will cost
      you some time by showing concern for understand the question is a positive attribute to you.
      Never create a false impression or bad information in your responses as no company needs
      or can afford employees like that.