The interview format
When scheduling interviews with employers or graduate programs, ask them about the format.
- Will this be a screening interview, or a more in-depth selection interview?
- How many people will you be interviewing with, and what is their role/position in the organization?
- What will your schedule be? For instance, will you need to give a presentation, take a test, or complete group exercises?
- Will there be a social event or a meal?
Knowing the general schedule and format will help you prepare appropriately and approach the interview with confidence.
NOTE: Another point you may wish to clarify is if the employer has a reimbursement policy for travel and lodging, particularly if for a job. Depending on the industry and the distance being traveled, it may or may not be common practice to reimburse job applicants. If the organization does reimburse, you will want to know their specific procedure: will they make travel arrangements and contact you? Should you make arrangements and provide receipts? Once these details and arrangements are made, you may begin focusing on interview strategies.
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