By Barbara Hewitt
Starting tomorrow the on-campus interviewing suite will be bustling with activity as the 2014 full-time interviewing process gets underway. Penn is fortunate to have a very large interviewing suite with 48 rooms (and we support interview schedules at the Inn at Penn for overflow space!) so on any given day we can schedule upwards of 700 interviews! It’s an exciting time of year, but can (understandably) result in some anxiety as students start the interviewing process.
For those of you interviewing, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the employers have already selected you as someone who has the basic qualifications they seek…They’ve reviewed your resume and chosen you for an interview out of dozens if not hundreds of applicants from Penn. This should give you some confidence that they are serious about considering you for their opportunities. Your job now is to wow them in the interview and show that you can indeed do the job.
We have several resources to help you prepare for your upcoming interviews.
Career Services Interviewing Guide: This is a quick-start guide to get you prepped for interviews, particularly if you don’t have a lot of time. It’s a great place to start!
InterviewStream: This is the leading practice interview system that allows job seekers the opportunity to see and hear themselves online. Using a webcam, individuals can simulate job interviews by responding to pre-recorded interview questions and practice both their verbal and non-verbal communication skills. InterviewStream allows you to customize your own interview by choosing from thousands of questions in a wide variety of industries and job functions. Afterwards, all interviews are immediately accessible online for self-review, or can be sent to career counselors, mentors, or others from whom you would like feedback. Penn students can create an InterviewStream account here.
Vault and WetFeet Guides: Career Services subscribes to two excellent career resources: Vault and WetFeet Guides. In addition to loads of good information about various industries to help you develop a deeper understanding of them before you interview, check out these specific interviewing guides. (You can access both resources from the online subscriptions link on the Career Services library page.)
Vault Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews
Vault Gide to the Case Interview
Vault Guide to Finance Interviews
Vault Guide to Private Equity and Hedge Fund Interviews
Vault Guide to Advanced Finance and Quantitative Interviews
Wet Feet Guides
Ace Your Interview
Ace Your Interview: Consulting
Ace Your Case: Consulting Interviews
Ace Your Case: Business Operations Questions
Ace Your Case: Mastering the Case Interview
Ace Your Case: Market-sizing Questions
Ace Your Interview: Accounting
Ace Your Interview: Information Technology
Ace Your Interview: Brand Management
Beat the Street: Investment Banking Interviews
Beat the Street: I-Banking Interview Practice Guide