Technical Interviews

For many specialized positions, employers will want to ensure that you have the requisite skill set and may require a demonstration of your abilities.

The hiring manager will pay close attention to your area of focus (e.g. if it’s data analytics, you will be asked a question based on your data analytics experience). Former Amazon VP Neil Roseman (an inveterate technical interviewer) states: "The questions are usually questions that have been asked of professionals with experience in the position or the candidate's area of focus." In other words, the technical questions should not be all that surprising to a graduating Ph.D. or Masters student. Take a minute and read more about  Mr. Roseman's interviewing process—it will be well worth your time!

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Additional Types of Interviews

  • AcademicAn academic interview is an opportunity to highlight your scholarship, research prowess, and cultural "fit' with potential colleagues at other institutions

  • Behavioral: Also called "Critical Thinking Interviews" focused on questions about how you make decisions

  • Case: Standard method used for consulting positions in industry and some non-profit organizations. Special type of interview where the applicant is provided a challenge, problem, or question and asked to solve the situation

  • Informational: Conducted by connecting with someone based on your interest in a particular career field, occupation, employer, or organization