Materials to help prepare for the types of interviews listed below are available in the CDC's Career Resource Library.

Screening Interviews

Interviews conducted through Cardinal Recruiting, Stanford’s on-campus interviewing program, are typically screening interviews

  • Shorter, one-on-one, interviews
  • Used to conduct a brief evaluation of you as a candidate
  • Job offers are not typically a result of this interaction

Phone Interviews

Upon receipt of your application some organizations will call to conduct a brief phone interview

  • Remain composed
  • If the timing of the call is inconvenient, ask if you can call back at a more convenient time
  • Have a copy of your resume and cover letter in front of you to use for reference

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Panel/Committee Interviews

This scenario involves a panel of interviewers, each with questions to ask

  • Common for government, academic and some corporate positions
  • Establish eye contact with each member of the committee
  • Include everyone in your responses

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Case Study Interviews

Case interviews are typically used in business, particularly by consulting firms. You will also encounter case interviews if you are looking for a job in marketing or strategic planning. Review materials in the CDC Career Resource Library as well as the online prep tool below: 

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Second Round or Site Visits

Often, the interviewing process entails several rounds of interviews. If you are considered a serious candidate, you may be contacted for a second round, on-site interview

  • If travel arrangements are involved, most for-profit organizations will pay your expenses and make the necessary travel and lodging arrangements
  • Site visits usually consist of a series of interviews with several individuals including your potential supervisor, co-workers, and higher-ranking staff members
  • You may spend a half or whole day interviewing
  • The visit may also involve a luncheon, dinner meeting, or social activity

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Stress Interviews

Some interviews are intentionally designed to cause you stress. The interviewer may ask confrontational or particularly difficult questions

  • Remain calm and think carefully about your answers
  • Don’t get tricked into losing your temper
  • Your behavior and maturity in difficult situations is being evaluated

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