Networking and Interviewing


Networking is essential in today's economy and has become a necessary component of the job search process.

Connecting with others in your industry should be ongoing and authentic. Always keep your network up-to-date and don't wait until you’re seeking employment. Even if you haven't officially entered the professional world, you are already surrounded by people in your everyday life that can and want to help you achieve your career goals and should be considered part of your network.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviewing is the process of gathering career information from people working in areas that interest you. These interviews allow you to extend your career research beyond the company’s website. These questions on informational interviewing will help you prepare when networking with people in various industries.

Types of Job Interviews

Interviewing is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your accomplishments and share those experiences with employers within industries you’re pursuing. During an interview, you will also learn more about the job you've applied for and the organization. It's a good idea to give yourself time after a job interview to reflect on your career goals and personal values and determine whether the position and organization are a good fit.

Employers use different types of interviews to evaluate candidates and you may be asked to participate in more than one type during the hiring process.

  • Individual: One-on-one meeting between candidate and employer
  • Panel: Candidate and a group of employees
  • Telephone: Individual or group setting
  • Email: Candidate responds to a series of questions
  • Skype or FaceTime: Candidate and employer conduct a live interview via teleconferencing on a computer, mobile device, or tablet
  • Group: Multiple candidates interviewing at same time, same room
  • Informal: Conducted in an informal setting, usually over lunch or coffee