How to Get More Job Offers - Interviewing Guide with Interview Preparation & Checklists | Andrew Tye | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

How to Get More Job Offers - Interviewing Guide with Interview Preparation & Checklists

teacher avatar Andrew Tye, Founder of Lunar

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

20 Lessons (1h 16m)
    • 1. Who the course is for, why it's important, and who I am

    • 2. Course structure & how to get the most from it

    • 3. Different types of interviews - learn what to expect

    • 4. Reasons for interviews - know the objective

    • 5. Fit Interview basics

    • 6. Fit Interview questions & topics - be prepared

    • 7. Case Interview basics - know when to expect them

    • 8. Our focus will be Fit Interviews (Case Interviews are unique)

    • 9. The keys to interview success

    • 10. Preparing for interviews

    • 11. Tech Tip: Use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for networking!

    • 12. Set goals and have a clear purpose

    • 13. Make an strong impression

    • 14. Tell your story clearly and concisely

    • 15. Listen carefully & answer well

    • 16. Recap: Acing your interviews

    • 17. STAR Answer Format - Sample Question #1

    • 18. STAR Answer Format - Sample Question #2

    • 19. Oddball / Brainteaser / Guesstimation Example

    • 20. Take Action to Improve Your Interview Skills Today!

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

The goal of this course is to help you get a job offer for your dream job.

To get great offers you have to ace the interview, so this course shows you how to do that. More than just covering interview etiquette, the course will explain what REALLY matters in interviews from my perspective, and I've been involved in many, many interviews on both sides of the table. The course can help you in your career development so you are more prepared for all interview situations and more likely to get your dream job offer from the interview.

Why this course is valuable to you:

  1. It explains the goal of most interviews so you can actually prepare correctly
  2. It explains the different types of interviews so you aren't caught off guard
  3. It shows you how to prepare for interviews so you have confidence and can relax
  4. It shows you how to act during the interviewer so the interviewer is at ease
  5. It gives you many possible interview scenarios so you have an idea of what to expect
  6. It gives you several examples of how to answer questions to get you started
  7. The course goal is to help you Get Your Dream Job

We will go through some sample interview questions, but the goal of this course is not to provide possible answers for potential interview questions! Instead it is about giving you the tools you need to answer any question you're asked, and make a strong impression regardless of whether you practiced 200 sample questions or not.

Who should take this course:

  • Students looking for internships
  • Students looking for full-time roles
  • MBA students
  • People interested in Career Development
  • Working professionals thinking about a new role or a new company
  • Anyone that would like to learn more about interviewing

Course structure:

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Interview Basics: Types of, Reasons for, Formats, Types of Questions
  3. Interview Preparation
  4. Interview Mastery
  5. Interview Checklists: Recap and Handout
  6. Interview Questions: Examples worked out
  7. Next Steps: Landing Your Dream Job & Being Successful

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Andrew Tye

Founder of Lunar


Andrew Tye is an entrepreneur and consultant with experience in a broad range of industries. He has worked at multiple Fortune 50 companies, large private companies, global consulting firms, and many small businesses. His formal education began with a degree in Computer Technology and later concluded with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA..

Andrew's most recent publication is Get a Job, available for download here:

See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Who the course is for, why it's important, and who I am: Hi there. Welcome to the course. This course is really for anyone who's interested in learning more about interviewing. It's especially geared toward students who might be looking for an internship or students who are looking for their first full time role. And it's also designed to help working professionals, people who are already out of industry and might be thinking about transferring to a new position. Or maybe you're looking for a rule at another company. And if you're not one of those people, and you still want to learn a little bit more about interviewing, I think this is a great course for you. I think if you probably already know how important interviewing is, obviously, that's where you get job offers. And so if you are struggling during the interview, you're probably also struggling to get job offers. This course is going to help you understand a little bit more about what's really important in interviews and how you can use that knowledge to be a lot more successful and really stand out from your peers. Now there's a lot of other courses and a lot of other books that you could find about interviewing and a lot of them are very good. Resource is, but what I found is there's some more career coach or or career counseling type of services that you can use and you'll get a lot of great things. But they're pretty generic things, like smiling and making good eye contact those sort of things. Now I do talk about those a little bit in the course because they are important. But I don't think those air the most important things about interviews. I think in a behavior or a fit type of interview, you have to be able to show that you fit in. And that's really what I focus on in this course is more what I've seen in my own experience, the things that have helped me have success, but things I've seen, help other students and other professionals have success, and then also the things that I've seen as an interviewer. The things that I've seen other students and other people that I've been interviewing, the things I've seen them really struggle with. So that's the perspective I'm coming from is more of a practical, experience based approach, and I think it will really help you to improve your interviewing skills. My name's Andrew Tie, and I really started my interviewing journey, I guess. In college, I went to college a couple different times. I ended up studying about three different degrees during those two times, so it gave me a ton of experience interviewing, you know, interviewed for internships year after year, and I interviewed for full time roles a couple different times. So all all tooled. I don't know how many interviews I did, but, you know, probably it's more than dozens, you know, in the 100. Somewhere. And along the way, as I started to develop my skills and my own interviewing ability, I started to get a great job offers. Then I started to work with other students, and that brought on a whole new set of learning experiences for me, as I saw the things that they struggled with, some of more different than things I had struggle with. So I was able to kind of put all that together, and that's what I'm bringing to you. And then later is I worked in a few different jobs where I actually interviewed then that also helped me get a little bit more perspective So I'm also bringing that knowledge so kind of what I've seen on both sides of the table. That's what I'm gonna give you in this course. So I think it will be very practical and very useful to you. And I think it's gonna help you get more job offers and be a much more confident and interviewer and really stand out from your peers A Z. You go out there and try to advance your own career. So I'm really happy you decided to take the course. I just want to say, please, if there's anything I can help with, I'll be here to answer questions or, you know, add content. If there's really something that you'd like to see added to the course. So please, if if something doesn't seem right to you or doesn't make sense, please reach out to me first. And I hope it will be a very, very useful course to you. 2. Course structure & how to get the most from it: now just a quick a word about how the courses structured and how to use the course. I've broken the course up into two main sections. First, we're gonna go through just interview basics. And even if you've already interviewed, I think it's pretty important that you go through this because we'll talk about the different types of interviews that you might encounter Really the reason for interviews. You know what? The goal of the interviewer The goal of the company is because if you understand that it will give you a much better perspective on how to prepare, we'll talk about the basics of interviews, the different categories, the types of questions you might encounter and also briefly talk about case interviews. Although that's not what the courses about. We will briefly cover that, and then in the next section we're going to really dive more into fit or behavioral interviews, and we'll go through several different lectures on how to prepare for those types of interviews. And then the things that I've seen help people be successful that you can use to really stand out during the fit and the behavioral interviews and then another section. I have is with a couple examples of some questions worked out in a star format, and I've also thrown in an example of, like, a brain teaser type of question just to give you an idea of something that you might encounter. And then I've also provided some extra information in the way of lists of potential questions that I've seen. And I also brought in a couple lists from a company called Glass Door just to kind of give you a fill for the different types of questions that are out there. I made a couple checklists like a a top 10 checklist that you can use before the interview , and I've got audio lecture and ah, print out that you can use and take with you anywhere for that check list. And then I've done the same thing with a top 10 checklist for during the interview. So you kind of just to kind of bring the top things that we talked about in the course out in a way that's really easy for you to reference and take around with you. If that's helpful, it's pretty self explanatory, I think how to use the course, but it does make sense to go through the lectures one by one, kind of in the order that they're presented because they do kind of build on each other, and each one is going to make a whole lot more sense if you have taken the lecture before that. So that's my suggestion. Try to at least go through them in order. 3. Different types of interviews - learn what to expect: There are three primary types of interviews. First, you have behavioral interviews or what I call fit interviews. And second, you have case interviews. And lastly, you have skill tests or skill demonstrations or skill interviews. Now there's many different variations of each of these, but typically you'll see fit interviews for any role at any company, and you'll see some sort of case interview for work and sold in rolls. And there's actually a lot of companies from industry that air starting to use case interviews as well. So if you're getting ready to go to an interview, make sure you do your homework online and find out ahead of time if there's gonna be a case interview, usually confined that online. But if you can't, you should be able to reach out to your recruiter or whoever. Your contact person is from that company, and they'll be happy to tell you what to expect. I think probably without exception, If you reach out to your contact from any given company and ask him what to expect from the interview, they'll be happy to tell you most of my case interview experience has been with consulting firms, but I've also gone through several of them at companies and industry that are not consulting firms. So it makes sense to make sure and do your homework ahead of time so you're not caught off guard when you get to the interview. Now the skill interview or the skill test is not very common at all. And it can. It can come in all shapes and sizes as well. It could be data, you know, data analysis skills like Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access. Or it could be, ah, database type of thing, like SQL or if you're a plane for a developer roll. It could be some sort of coding test, and there's a lot of other technical and hands on roles that will require some sort of skill demonstration. But I'm not really gonna cover skill interviews. For one thing, they're not that common. And for another thing, if you're skilled in something and you're applying for a job to do, ah, very technical role, you're gonna probably have a much more advanced skill level than they're going to give you on the skill demonstration. In my experience, the skill demonstration is more or less just to make sure that you can actually do what you say you can do on your resume. It's not really to see or to a test advanced levels of skill, so I don't I've never really worried too much about him. 4. Reasons for interviews - know the objective: So why do we even have interviews in the first place? You know what's the reason for interviews? The goal of fit interviews is to determine if you're a good fit for the company. I mean, obviously, right. So the interview, the interviewer already knows that you have the required skills for the job. They've looked at your resume that gone over your cover letter. They might even have done a phone screen with you. They know that you have the skills for the job. So now they just want to see if you're gonna be a better fit for the company than the next person. And the next person may be just as qualified as you. Their resume be resume. Might be Justus. Good. But the interviewer has to decide who's a better fit for my team, for my company, for my culture. All that. In short, the reason for fit interviews is to find out why Do you want the role? Why do you want to work at the company? Why are you interested in this industry and where you fit in with the company? So make sure that you're prepared to answer those four things before you ever get to the interview because otherwise you're going to stand out of someone who really isn't passionate about the role. And therefore you're a bad fit. You might not get asked those four things specifically or you might, and I've been in interviews where I wasn't specifically asked why I wanted the role or why I wanted to work at the company. And I found out later that I should have specified those things, even though I wasn't specifically asked about him. So sometimes you have to answer those unasked questions, whether it's through body language or it's bye kind of working in some of those things into your answers. You need to leave that interview or feeling like you certainly want the role. And here's your reasons. And they need to understand why you want to work at the company, why you're interested in industry and they need to know, without a doubt, you'll fit in with their company. Now the goal of case interviews is to learn how you think case interviews don't always have right or wrong answers. I mean, some of them dio, but they do have right and wrong methods, and we'll talk a little bit more about that later. The reasons for case interviews are this. To find out if you can solve complex problems quickly to find out how you solve complex problems and to find out if you're a good communicator, and also do you handle stress and time constraints Very well, you know, to be a little bit more specific consulting firms they're looking at. Can you solve the clients problems? Can you communicate well with their clients? And when you make them there, the consulting firm look good. 5. Fit Interview basics: So let's go a little bit deeper into fit interviews. First of all, why should you care? Well, I think almost every interview is gonna have some sort of behavioral or fit questions built in. I've seen top firms like consulting firms that use case interviews for their primary selection method. I've seen those firms still reject people because they messed up on the fit part of the of the interview. You can ace all the cases, all the tough business cases at us, a consulting firm. But if you still struggle on the fifth or the behavioral portion, you might not. You might not get a job offer, and that's disappointing, I think, because the fit interview part is something you should be able to dial in and not have any issue with. INF interviews. I think the basics and what I've seen the basics go a very long way. Things like being on time, smiling, being happy, just relaxing, maintaining eye contact. I mean, obviously don't want to freak the person out by staring at him 100% of the time, but making eye contact, having a cyst inked clear story to tell and telling it very well, and then just being honest and genuine, those air basic things. I'm sure you've heard them or seen them as being really kind of cornerstones to interviewing. But it's not just interviews, other to me, just basics of, you know, interacting with other people. So I think if you already have those strong social skills, the interview should be something that's very natural for you. You have to try to establish common ground with the interview right away, and I think even things like maybe talking about family hobbies, you know, different places that you like to go or sports. I'm not saying to dive deep into all those and get real personal. But just try to get some some sort of personal connection with that person you know, talk about why you're an interesting person. Apart from just your resume. You've got to be confident in your answers. But be honest if you don't know the answers. You know, I've always trying to get to interview. We're talking as much as possible. Ask him or her wherever it is. Friendly questions that you might ask if you're having dinner cup of coffee. I don't mean to get riel you know, personal with these things. All I'm saying is when you walk into the room saying things like, Oh, you know, how's your day going or what Have you been having interviews all day? Those kind of things, Just something to kind of get the ball rolling rather than to walk in, cooled and just sit there and wait for the first question. My strategy has always been. If you've got 30 minutes to talk during the interview, why don't let the interview her talk for 25 minutes? Then you only have to talk for five minutes and the interview relieves happy because everybody likes to hear themselves talk, and you only have to make it through five minutes without messing up. And it's not always gonna work that way. My point is, don't feel like you have to talk the whole time during interviews. There's also a few things you shouldn't do. You shouldn't discuss controversial things for no particular reason. You shouldn't complain about the weather, your classes or your friends. You know, your roommates dog or whatever. You shouldn't fabricate elaborate questions to ask the interviewer. When you already know the answer to him. You shouldn't just repeat buzzwords or companies, slogans or company values just because you, you know you memorize them. And again, don't focus on just your professional qualifications and experience. The interview already has a good idea about your skills and your technical qualifications, so there's no reason to keep rehashing them. 6. Fit Interview questions & topics - be prepared: So during the Fit interview, you'll likely be asked questions about you know, your career motivation or your commercial awareness. You know your industry awareness commitment to your career, questions about your decision making in your ethics or questions about problem solving our teamwork questions about communication or time management. It might be asked questions about conflict resolution. I've put together a pretty long list of possible questions, and I've put it in the last section of the course, and you can go through and you can look through those questions. And I think it's pretty smart, actually. Try to answer a few. You don't You don't have to answer everyone. The reason. I think that's a waste of time, as you could go through that list and answer every one of those questions. But then when you get to the interview, if you're asked a different question, you're going to be stuck, right, because you haven't really built the tools to answer any question and what this course is about and what hopefully you'll learn and pick up from this course is how you can prepare yourself and be ready to answer. You know, any any question in these topics, so you don't need to go through in my opinion and practice 200 different questions. But I do think it's a good idea to look at the list and get an idea of what types of questions might be coming. And obviously, this list that you'll find in that section is not exhaustive. One resource I've used a lot. It's glass door. If you just go to Glassdoor dot com, you can find all sorts of information about different companies, and you can use it for free, and you can use it without signing up. But I think after you look at, like, one page of results, that will make you log in. And I actually did. I just made an account, and I left a review about one company I had worked at. And after you leave that review, you can use their site. You know as much as you want. Anyway. You can go to Glass Door. You confined reviews from people that reviews about an actual company. You confined interview questions, usually by the role, and you can also find out employees, comments or comments from people who have gone through interviews and kind of what they're , you know, feedback IHS or what? Their perspective waas. So I think it's a very interesting site. I always go there before I go to interview and find out everything I can about what to expect in the interview anyway, it's well worth the time to go and get the free information. Now for behavioral questions. I typically try to answer in and what's called a star format, and you may have heard of it. You probably have, but it's It's basically when you're asking behavioral question. Then, in your response, you describe the situation that you had whatever example you're gonna use, you describe the situation. That's that s and then you explain what was your task or your role in that situation? That's the tea. And then you say, Here's the actions that I took the A and then it in, and this is the most important part. You need to tell what the results were. It's actually pretty good. Even if the interviewer does not ask you to use the star role, I think it's good to kind of keep it as ah framework in the back your mind, because I don't keep you moving along with your answer and you won't start battling. You know about the situation for five minutes. You'll keep moving right along. It will make your answer much more clear and much better organized for the interviewer. A little bit later, in a different lecture, I'm gonna just go through a couple star, you know, star answers to some possible interview questions just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. 7. Case Interview basics - know when to expect them: now case interviews. First of all, what's a case? Typically, it's a business issue a company is facing that's given to you in a few sentence. It might be given to you verbally, or it might be given to you on a piece of paper, and typically the case is gonna have very limited data. But if you ask a little bit typically the interviewer, they might have a whole nother sheet of data that is available to you if you're willing to ask. And if you ask the right questions, usually you only get a sentence or maybe a paragraph. But if you ask the right questions, you can dig up some more data. Now in a case interview, your approach is much more important than your final answer. Your final solution. I mean, if your if your final answer is way, way off, like if they're looking for a number, say of 1000 and you give him an answer of like, two billion, that's probably going to be a red flag, because is several orders of magnitude different? But typically, if you're a good problem, so over. If you're a logical problem solver, your answer is gonna be quite reasonable, and it doesn't have to be exactly what they're looking for because again, they're looking for approach, not final Answer. Cases are usually given in one of two ways. Most firms, most consulting firms. They'll let you decide what areas did us explore that let you lead the discussion completely. Let's give you the case and you're on your own. Then, on the other hand, some firms like McKinsey and Company, they may guide the discussion. The interviewer will be very involved with your kind of brainstorming, parts of the case and working rights right alongside you personally. I've been involved in. I think every different variation of the case interview, because that was going into consulting with was my goal for a long time. So I was involved in all different case interviews. And for each one, the goals are very similar, but expectation of the interviewer might be different. Like I mentioned a different lecture. You can usually find out ahead of time, what cases, or what types of case interviews a company is gonna be, you know, asking you to go through. So try to find out ahead of time, just some different types of case interviews. They're going to see the individual case, just you and one or two interviewers. That's by far the most common. Then you might also have a group case interview. That's where you and other you know, job candidates, other interviewees. You work together as a team, and then you formally present your findings to a group of people, and I think that one's pretty awkward. But that's one that I've noticed is actually being used in non consulting firm. So just regular companies and industry. They might bring in, you know, 10 people for final round interviews and then split them up into groups where you have two groups say, at 45 and those job candidates all work together. And there's someone sitting over in the back corner of the room taking notes while you try to solve the case together. And it's it's pretty awkward because everybody in that group is actually competing with each other. But you have to work together to solve the case, so it's pretty awkward. I haven't seen it a lot, but I have done it and, uh, fortunately, I got a job offer, but just make sure you know ahead of time. If you're gonna have a group case interview or individual case interview, it's nice to know those things so you can prepare another type of case. Interview is just a presentation on Lee, so you get the case by yourself. No interviewer and you're given maybe an hour, two hours to solve it. And then you present you know your recommendations to a small group of people, probably on a computer overhead of some sort. Another thing is guestimation questions. It's not really a case interview, but I kind of group in it together with case interviews because it's not standard at all. And most of the time when you see guestimation type of questions, you'll see it during interviews for consulting companies or companies. Maybe like Google, although I don't think they're asking guestimation questions is much anymore. It's, I think it's always worth allowed to be prepared for kind of an oddball question. Well, I've got a couple examples of GUESTIMATION questions later in the lecture where I'll actually try to work a couple of them out. But these might be things like, uh, you know, how much does a 7 47 away or something like that and you're kind of expected to solve that out on a piece of paper. A little bit of a mind teaser case interviews could be about almost any topic, but you should be able to get a good idea of what the focus is gonna be beforehand so you can prepare. If you're applying for a consulting role that, specifically in supply chain will, then most likely your case interview is gonna be around some sort of supply chain topic just makes sense. So ah, list of possible case topics. And this is not a comprehensive list by any means is market sizing so market sizing is often going to be a small portion of a larger case? And you know, if if you're getting ready to launch a new product, you're the case might be about that product launch, but you're gonna have to do some market sizing As part of the case. There could be cases about market entry cases about change management or general industry analysis. You could have a case on marketing strategy. Like I mentioned, you could have a case on supply chain or outsourcing or sourcing. You could have cases strictly about profitability, and this is one just like market sizing. You should be able to, you know, have a very good grasp of profitability and how to calculate that for any case, because that one could be tied in tow. Any other case, you could have cases about mergers and acquisitions, and you could have cases about operations that could be manufacturing operations, service operations or some other sort of operation. 8. Our focus will be Fit Interviews (Case Interviews are unique): now preparation for cases. The general consensus is that you should practice somewhere between 50 and 100 cases before your first case interview. That's a ton of cases. That's a ton of hours. You know, if you spend an hour practicing each one, okay, that's only 100 hours. But still, that's a lot of time, especially, You know, if you're a student, that's hard to find. 100 extra hours to cram into your schedule now because case interviews air very specialized , and they're typically limited to consulting firms. I'm not going to really discuss him anymore in this course. At some point, I may, you know, publish another course. That's strictly about case interviews, but I wanted to give you ah kind of idea of what they are in this course. But the rest of the time, we're gonna focus on behavioral interviews because I'm guessing that you're gonna have behavior or fit interviews for any job that you go into. And I think it's the most applicable to you. And that's where the course is gonna be able to be most valuable for you. So we're not gonna talk about case interviews anymore. 9. The keys to interview success: So now that we've covered the basics about interviews, let's really dig in and dive in a little bit deeper into fit interviews. Now, I've always enjoyed interviews, and people kind of think I'm crazy because of that, and not just not just for that reason, but I really do enjoy them, because for me it's a challenge. It's kind of like a competition that really motivates me to do the absolute best I can, because when you get in the interview room, it's kind of like you're up there on a stage, in a sense, because it's all on the line. That's where you get your job offers. And I think you can use that as motivation really propel you to do that, the best you can. And even if you don't enjoy them right now, I think with practice you're gonna be able not only to really enjoy interviews but also to excel at them. So before we dive into the details, here's what I think are the two keys to being a fantastic interviewer. The two keys are number one. Act like you're having a conversation with a co worker number to enjoy it now for some reason. Students used to come to me a lot and asked for my help with interviews. They asked me to do mock interviews with them and kind of talk to him about the process and all of that. Now, I don't know why they came to me because I was not the top student in terms of grades or anything like that. But for whatever reason, they came to me. And so I ended up giving out my interview advice to quite a few people and always kind of wondered what went through their minds when I told him The most important thing about interviewing is to act like you're having a conversation with a co worker. I mean, do they think I was joking or crazy or what? The reality is when those people came to me at first, I wasn't sure what to say. You know, I have been really fortunate in interviews, and I have been fortunate to get a lot of great offers, but it wasn't like I was doing anything really extraordinary, so that was the best answer I could come up with originally. But as time went on and I did more interviews and I helped other people with interviews. I became really convinced it's the absolute best possible advice that I could give. You don't have to do anything extraordinary to be successful in interviews. You just have to act like you're having a conversation with a co worker and you have to enjoy it. Now here's why I say that most interviews are about finding out if you're gonna be a good fit for a company. We already talked about that. But more specifically, that means will you fit in with the interviewer? Because in that room, the interviewer is really like an extension of the company. So if you want to fit in with the company you have, if you want to demonstrate that you have to demonstrate that you can fit in with the interviewer, So how do you fit in? How do you be relaxed? How do you make it so? The interview is not awkward. Well, you act like a coworker and you treat the whole interview like a friendly yet professional conversation, and we're going to talk about that a little bit more in another lecture. I just want to give you a heads up. That's where we're headed because really, I think that's what No matter what questions you get asked, you can never predict exactly what questions you're gonna be asked. So you can't just rely on practicing a finite set of interview questions. You have to have more of, ah, mindset when you go to the interview. This is how I'm gonna act. This is how I'm gonna carry myself. You need to be able to prepare yourself for any situation. And if you go in with the mindset of I'm gonna enjoy the interview and I'm going to try to make it like a friendly conversation. But I might have with a co worker, I think you'll see a huge change in results. If you're struggling right now and you start to adopt that mindset, it's gonna have a huge impact on you. We'll talk a little bit more about it later on 10. Preparing for interviews: Now we've talked a little bit about how important interview is, and obviously it's important because that's how you get a job offer. But your preparation for the interim for the interview might be even more important. And here's some suggestions for how to start preparing for interview. You first have to clarify your motivation. Why do you want a job? Why do you want to work for the company? Why do you want to be in their industry? And I think before you do that, before you start even preparing for the interview, you kind of need to assess your own self first. And this might be something that you do before you ever start applying to companies, things like What type of work do you want to do? Do you want to travel? Are there certain industries? Do you want to focus on? Do you want to go to a big public company, or would you rather stay at a small, private one? And why is that? Do you want to go down on individual contributor path like engineer, or would you prefer to be on more of a leadership track? Now? I found that networking can actually help you find out an awful lot about a company, you know, it could help you find out about its culture and the different rules it has. So don't go to a interview thinking this is when I'm gonna find out everything I need to know about a company. You really need to do that research ahead of time. And then if there's still things that you're not able to find out, then you might be able to ask those questions during the interview. But if it's really a company that you're serious about, I would suggest trying to find someone that works there that you know, or that you can get introduced to through linked in and ask them some questions about the rules and kind of what the culture is like it the company. Find out that stuff ahead of time because if it's not a place you want to work, then you're gonna go to the interview and you know you're just really gonna be wasting your time, So try to find out some of that stuff through networking ahead of time. Another reason to do that now working ahead of time is sometimes you may interview with someone who's in human resource is it might not actually be the hiring manager. And if that's the case, you're not gonna be able to find out really much about the day to day or you're going to get is a generic, you know, list of company values or culture or whatever. If you want to really, truly find out more about the day to day short of actually going and experiencing it, you have to talk to someone who's there. So if you're able to make those connections, you know, through someone that you know at the company or someone that you know that can introduce you to someone at the company, I would suggest do that ahead of time. It will not only help to prepare you, but it also help you to not waste your time going after jobs that really you're not interested in another reason. You need to research the company that you're gonna interview with, and so you can understand their culture, what products and services they offer and even how the organisation is structured. Now, if you read a lot of interview books, you'll find that a lot of people think you should memorize all the company's statistics that you can before an interview. Now, in my experience, that has not been a big issue. Nobody has ever asked me to re site how maney of locations their company has or what departments they have or what key milestones they've gone through in the last 100 years. None of that. But I do think it's a very good idea to do some research ahead of time. And as you're doing your research to try to make some notes, just jot down some highlights and some bullet points about the company you're interviewing with now. Ideally, you're going to do that before you ever apply to the company. So that's my suggestion. Do the company research at least some of ahead of time? Because otherwise you're just gonna be wasting your time. If it's not even a place you want to go, make sure you do as much research is, you can before you actually apply. And then once you get to interview, maybe go back and do a little bit more and and really just remember, the primary goal of the interview is to understand how or if you're gonna fit in with the company. The main goal is not just about reciting the company's about US page. So if if their criteria for whether or not you're gonna get an offer is how well you can recite that kind of information, then it's probably not the kind of place you even want to work. I know it's not the kind of place I want to work. And if I went to an interview and that was like the the criteria for whether I was hired or not, I probably wouldn't even accept an offer if I got one. So just to be safe, I do always try to spend a little time jotting down some basic information about a company . You know, you don't need to know all 99 office locations, but you do need to know which ones that you're interested in working at because you might get asked, what office locations do you want to work at? Well, if you don't even know where their offices are, I think that shows a major lack of preparation on your part, a big lack of passion on your part about actually working there so you don't need to know every single product that they offer, But you should be ready to talk about the ones that really excite you. So if there's certain products or services a company offers that you really like and you really kind of the kind of resonate with you and it's part of the reason you want to work there, you better know there's ahead of time because otherwise there, you know, it's gonna be like, Well, why do you even want to come here? You don't know where offices are. You don't know what officers you wanna work at. You don't even know what products you like. You know, if it's a company that offers 1000 products, you don't need to know every skew. But you should need. You really need to know a little bit about the company. I think that's common sense. But all too often, you know, I've even been interviewing people before, and it was clear they had absolutely no idea about the company. They may be Googled on their phone while they were walking to the interview, and it's it's very obvious to interviewers in that case, so it's a big red flag, not because you need to recital that information but mortis, because you need to demonstrate at least a little bit that you're you're actually seriously interested in working for the company. Yeah, it's all about fit. How are you gonna fit in in a company if you don't really want to be there? That's kind of my take on it. You know, you don't need to know all the company's core values, but you need to know the ones that really resonate with you. You don't need to know all their company all the company's financial financial data. You know, unless you're a plane for some sort of financial analyst position, then it might make more sense. You know, you should at least know if it's a public or private company, right? So try to try to think about all this from the standpoint of the interviewer, if you're interviewing someone who seem to know absolutely nothing about your company, then you would get the sense that they really don't know what they want. And certainly they aren't very passionate about working for you. Now, at the same time, you wouldn't expect them to know everything about your company. You can really demonstrate your knowledge about the company when they open it up to questions and they say, You know what questions you have for me? This is where you can kind of demonstrate your knowledge of the company a little bit. But you want to make sure your questions or thoughtful and not ignorant. So don't ask, you know, don't ask things like, Well, what products their services do you offer and said, You could say, Well, I noticed you offer this product. Can you tell me you know, this and that about this product so kind of just to summarize, you don't need to memorize every detail about a company, but you have to have a working knowledge that's gonna demonstrate you've done your homework and you're genuinely interested in working there. Now, if you've assessed yourself and you've researched the areas that have enters to you, then I would suggest try to reach out the people that work in the rules you're interested in. They're going to help you decide if it's really a good fit or not. I think a fantastic place to start is with alumni from your school. They're going to be a lot more likely to return your call or your email if you both went to the same university. LinkedIn is a great way to do this. You just need to be respectful. And to be honest with you, I have seen people. They reach out to a love and I, and they flat out asked him to submit their resume to the right people to the hiring manager. There's no introduction of small talk. No nothing. That's not very productive. In fact, I saw a case at my school that there was a few students that were basically just sin and linked in connection requests to everybody from my school. That was that the companies that they wanted to work at, and some of those people actually called the career services at my school and gave them names of students that were doing this. They weren't very happy about it. If you want to reach out to someone, my suggestion is this. Reach out and introduce yourself or ideally, you'll get introduction from someone else and explain to them you go to the same school they did. You're very interested in working at the company that they're working at, and instead of asking them to give your resume to the hiring manager. Ask him if they can tell you a little bit more about their rule or a little bit more about the company culture. Ask those kind of questions, and I think you'll find people are very receptive to help. I don't think that I have ever ask your question like that on LinkedIn and and got a negative response. At least I can't remember that I have. By and large, you're going to get positive responses when you reach out with that kind of question and they're gonna be able to give you a lot of advice on what activities you should be involved in or what class is used to. You should take things like that that will help you prepare that will be able to tell you what they did to make themselves more attractive for the role. And I've got a short lecture with a link just after this that is gonna give you a great way to use linked in to find alumni from your school. It's ah link. I don't think a lot of people know about, but it's super cool and easy to use 11. Tech Tip: Use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for networking!: I want to show you a really cool feature of linked in that you can use to find alumni from your school. So if you're a student and you're interested in going to some company, you can use this tool to find people that work there that used to go to your school or if you're already out an industry and you're working and you're thinking about going to a different company, you You can also use this to find people that maybe you used to go to school with and see where they're at now. It's a great way to find new connections and kind of start to network. And so if you're looking to find out more about another company, this is a great way to do it. Because typically, if you reach out of someone and you share kind of a common background, like where you went to school a lot of times, that person is gonna be a little bit more receptive to responding to your messages and maybe taking five or 10 or 15 minutes to answer some questions that you have about the company there at. So anyway, I was really excited to show you because I didn't think there was a link to this. But now it looks like linked in is updated their page. So what you do is you come up here to this bar and under connections, you click this find alumni tab and it will bring you to this screen right here. And so then, from there you can start to narrow things down. So let's say, for example, I want to see uh, I went to Purdue. I want to see who from Purdue is now working at Boeing. And so I could filter it out and in different a lot of different ways. But maybe I'm sure I want it to be someone's in the US because I'm planning to work in the U. S. So I click United States that filters it out a little bit. And then I come here and I click Boeing and it filters a little bit more. And so let's say I'm looking for a job in engineering. That's the easiest. So I'll click that and it says there's 405 people that work it. Boeing that used to go to Purdue. So now I'd be able to scroll down and start finding maybe some of those people that I could connect with. And it's going to start showing me right here, all these people that are at Boeing that I could reach out to and you could do the same thing for your school. And you can really be selective with location, company and job title. So I hope this is used before you can also change universities. If you have more than one university, Um, I could change it and go to the Cranfield School of Management, and I get a little bit different list. So that's a really neat feature. You can narrow it down a little bit more by choosing what dates they attended. And, uh, I think you'll find it pretty useful as you start trying to reach out to people on Network a little bit. 12. Set goals and have a clear purpose: You also need to set some goals and have a purpose. It's very important to know what your goals are. Before you ever get to the interview now, you might not feel like you really have clear goals for your future right now, and that's fine. I know I sure didn't but give this a little bit of thought because you're going to need to have clear, concise answers about what your plans are for the future and what your goals are for the next three years. The next five years. You know, if you haven't already been asked those questions, I'm sure you will be soon. I know I've been asked those questions and interviews and performance assessments I've been asking the first day on the job. I think you always need to have an answer prepared for those questions and, you know, as as young professionals or even even more experienced professionals, Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what goals we have for the future. And sometimes, you know, we're kind of figuring that out as we go. I think that's fine. We need to be able to adapt, and we need to be able to be flexible in our careers, especially the way things are changing, you know, with technology and all of that. But I think we, at least at any given point in time, need to have some sort of rough idea about what our at least our short term goals are and kind of what, what we're trying to accomplish with those goals, what our purposes. Because if you don't have that at all, you're gonna really seem out of sorts because people you're not gonna really seem to be passionate about anything. And that's gonna be, I think, a concerning factor to potential employers. So I've spent a little bit of time I would try to jot down What's What's my purpose, You know, in school or an interviewing, or when I'm out in the workplace, what's my overall goal? You know, is it to be working in a not for profit or to be working at somebody in the public sector, whatever it is, and then have a few goals for yourself on how you're going to try to get there that don't give you something to work towards, and it's also gonna help you a lot when you're asked those questions 13. Make an strong impression: you have to be on time for the interview is extremely bad If you're late and trust me on this, if you waste the interviewers time, it is very, very unlikely. As you're gonna get a job offer. What I like to do is try to arrive early enough that I can sit down. I can scan over my notes. You know, whatever notes I made about the company and kind of review the questions that I want to ask the interviewer just It kind of helped settle you down. And it also helps kind of get you refreshed on the things that you want to talk about during the interview. Now, I've been an interviewer on many occasions and on more than once I've had someone that completely didn't show up to the interview and then kind of wanted to reconnect. Later. I thought that was kind of funny and also had quite a few people who were late to the interview. That is, in my mind is completely unacceptable. And I don't know too many interviewers that are gonna kind of wink at that, that kind of conduct. So whatever you dio make sure you're on time next you have to make sure to look the part. You know, fashions change all the time. People's tastes change, and it's possible that some time what's considered a professional parents is gonna change, too. But right now there's there is a standard, and there is an expectation on how you should look in an interview. And I think that if I was you, I would not stray too far away from that. Now, it doesn't mean that you're gonna need a suit and tie for every job interview. It doesn't mean that at all. It doesn't mean that you have to cut your hair a specific way for every rule at your company. Think about it like this. If you're interviewing to work at, say, a restaurant or a bakery on Wall Street, you probably don't have to wear a suit to the interview. But if you're interviewing to be an investment banker on Wall Street, then you're probably gonna have to wear a suit. Another way to look at. It's like this. If you're gonna go to work at night, I'm down. I doubt that you're gonna wear a suit, but if you're gonna go and interview there, make sure, Whatever you do, you do not wearing Adidas shirt or an under armour shirt. You get my point. It's very important to do research ahead of time and find out. Does this company expect me to wear a suit and tie? Do they expect me to wear, you know, khakis and a nice shirt? What what's the expectation and then try to not get too far out of line with that expectation. You know what? I think it's important in life to be yourself and all that, but you have to be yourself without shaking things up too much. You know the person that's responsible for hiring you, whether it's internally at your existing company or is it or as a new graduate, they want to feel comfortable around you. So I don't think it's a much about conforming to, you know, wearing a suit in tile the time and cutting your hair nice and neat. It's more about trying to put the other person. He's trying to make them feel comfortable around you. You know, I said that the number one key to interviewing was to treat it kind of like a friendly conversation and imagine that you're visualize that you're having a conversation with a co worker. Well, this is right in line with that. You're just trying to put the other person to ease your just trying to make them feel comfortable around you. So when the interview's over, they feel like you really fit in with them. If you feel like you're not being yourself because you have to wear a suit and tile the time or wear a suit and tie to the interview, that's fine. Move on and find a place where you can wear whatever you want to the interview. You know, I don't think there's any problem with that. No issue with that whatsoever. I just don't want you to get rejected after an interview because you are so you know, stubborn about wearing what you want, aware if that is really important to you and you're not going to compromise on that completely fine. Just make sure you interviewed two companies that are okay with that. You know, Look, I know it doesn't seem fair, because why should somebody's talents Why should your talents be passed over just because someone else doesn't like how you look? Honestly, that's not the real reason. At least I don't think it is. I think it's just that the other person feels out of place or uncomfortable around you. Now they may look just like you dio after work or on the weekends, but they have a preconceived notion of how you're gonna look in the interview. So when you walk into the room and you look 100 and 80 degrees different than they're expecting, I think it's almost naturally going to kind of put them, make them uncomfortable. Or even subconsciously, they're gonna feel a little bit uncomfortable with that. Just make sure you remember what your goals are in an interview and try to put that other person. He's try to make the interview as un awkward as possible, as comfortable and as relaxed as possible. Not this for you, but for the interviewer. I've also found it's very important to make a good impression, and I think it's critical to make a good first impression. You know, when you walk into the room and you're already on time, right? You need to smile. I need to be happy. You need to have a firm handshake. I think it's important to make eye contact right from the start. Be friendly right from the start. If you make a bad first impression, it can be very difficult to overcome, even if you do well the rest of the interview. You know, if if you're not on time and you're not smiling, you don't have a nice handshake. You're not making eye contact. You're not friendly right from the start. Well, I doubt you're going to do any of those things later on in the interview, either. But my point is, first impressions are important, and if you arrive a little bit early, it will give you some time to review your notes and kind of take a breath and relax. And then when you go to the interview room, I think you'll be ableto be a lot friendlier. You'll be able to relax and have a nice handshake and make eye contact, and I don't think you have any issue. If you feel like those are things that you really struggle with, it might be worthwhile to find some friends or some some colleagues, someone that would be willing to do some practice interviews with you because I think those things you know it if they are tough for you. If you really have a problem with nervousness, I think that practice will help you a great deal, because those things do matter. And I know that you can get rid of them with a little bit of practice. When I went back to business school, I was required to do kind of, ah, mandatory practice interview. They made everybody do it when we came in. I'm not even sure why anymore. But I didn't want to do it. I wasn't happy about it. I had done dozens of interviews. I thought I was pretty decent at it. I thought it was complete waste of my time. But anyway, I went to this this mock interview and two people interviewed me and we went along. Everything we got off the interview and their feedback to me was, Yeah, you know, you did find on interview all this, but what you could work on is smiling a little bit more. You just seem pretty serious and pretty up tight. In interview now, I took that to heart because I really thought I was a could interview. I mean, all these people would come and ask me how to interview in all this. I got a lot of job offers, whatever. So I was really surprised to get negative feedback. But I also really took it to heart because I thought about it and it kind of evaluated myself and realized I didn't smile a lot during interviews. I never, ever brought up personal things, and I think I was too serious and too up tight. And I actually got that feedback again for someone else. Not too long after. So even if you feel like you're happy, you know, happy individual, great. But make sure in the interview, you just relax a little bit and you smile a little bit more, and I think it's gonna go a long ways. 14. Tell your story clearly and concisely: a lot of time is the first question that you're gonna be asked in an interview is toe walk through your resume or tell you tell your story. I have seen this trip up far too many people. It shouldn't trip you up. You have to be able to articulate the things you think are important to the interviewer in a clear, concise manner without any hesitation. You know, I'm sure you've heard of elevator speech is and and how you're supposed to be able to tell your story or your pitch in, like 90 seconds the time it would take. You know, if you met someone on the first floor in an elevator, the time will it take to go, however many floors. That's an elevator speech I never really liked. Elevator speech is because it's hard to cram everything down into a shore. It's the sink little package, but it's very powerful if you're able to tell your story to the interviewer in a short, timely fashion. That's the only time in the interview, probably that you're gonna get to say whatever you want. After that, it's gonna be more structured, and the interviewer is gonna be asking you specific questions, but this is your time to tell your story and show them why you think you're a good fit and show them why you think that your in a sense, you know a better option for them than anybody else that they're gonna interview that day. I don't say it like that, but that that's your chance. So if you're asked to walk through your resume, you need to follow a logical step by step path that brings your resume to life and really highlights the things that you think are crucial for the interviewer to know. If you're asked to tell your story, you're gonna have to decide what point in time you're going to start isn't gonna be a birth or, you know, high school whatever. If you have a non traditional path that you think is very important to communicate, then start there. Wherever you start, make sure you have a smooth story to tell that flows in order and is very easy for the interviewer to follow and needs to be a story that matters to you and one that matters to the interviewer. So don't don't give a lot of irrelevant details that really have no bearing on the interview and have no bearing on how well you're gonna be able to do your rule. Just kind of wasted space. Don't do that because it's going to set the tone for the rest of the interview. Now, if you go through your story or through your resume and you really hit it out of the park, you tell it quickly. Clearly, it makes a lot of sense. It all ties together. It's gonna make the whole interview go smoothly. I'm almost certain of it now. This is a new area that you could really practice if you just try to tell your story in 2 to 3 minutes at most and just practice that over and over again until it comes out quickly and naturally, I think that that is gonna be very powerful for you. I'm not a big fan of practicing things I never have been. I don't you know, we talked about case interviews earlier in this course, and I said a lot of people practice 50 or even 100 case interviews before they go to a real one. I never did that. I never practiced case interviews I don't like practice in anything and partly just maybe I'm just lazy. But this is one thing that I think it is very important to practice practice, telling your story over and over, walking through your resume over and over again. So what's something you can do clearly and concisely in it and without any fluff and, if possible, try to customize your story for each interview because it needs to fit and, well, if the company and the rule and the industry that you're applying for so have kind of a general story. But then, before you go to an interview with a specific company, try to run through that story again with a few modifications. So it's more tailored for that company, and I think you'll notice great results if you practice your story and you tailor it a little bit to fit in with the role that you're applying for 15. Listen carefully & answer well: It's very important in an interview and actually in a lot of social interaction toe listen . One of the most annoying things for me is being interrupted, and I'm guessing you don't like it very much either. You know, if my boss interrupts me, I just deal with it. But if someone's asking me to consider them for a job and I'm taking time to interview that person, I don't deal with it. Getting interrupted nearly so well. I can think back on quite a few pages of interview notes where I wrote down things like Interrupts a lot and don't interrupt your interview it. It will upset that person, I think just about as fast as anything in an interview. Beyond just interrupting, You have to be able to listen really well. I think a very common interview problem is that the person that's being interviewed, the interview e answers the wrong thing. And here she clearly didn't listen to the question. So they end up answering something completely different and the interviewer sitting there thinking, You know, this is not what I asked. Aren't they even listening to me? It's a big red flag or I've seen a lot of people who they listened, but they just didn't know was being asked or they didn't know the answer. So let's talk about those things a little bit more. If you don't understand what's being asked, then clarify and you will be able to answer well, it's no problem. Ask for clarification on something. If I think it shows that you think things through before you just speak. It's a lot worse to speak too fast and say something ignorant than it is to ask for clarification. You know, if you understand exactly what was asked because you're listening, but you don't know how to answer, did just ask for a minute to think about it. Say, you know, can I have a minute to think about this? You know, I always said, Oh wow, that's a really good question or that's an interesting question. And all the while, my brain was scrambling to find an answer. Now, if you thought about it for a minute and you still don't know the answer, just be honest about it. Don't make some wild guests and for sure, don't lie, so make sure you listen to the interviewer so they don't have to repeat things. Clarify So you don't answer the wrong thing and take time so you don't sound ignorant. And lastly, be honest if you still don't know the answer. 16. Recap: Acing your interviews: You know, guys, you know, a lot of what we went over is just common sense. It's common sense to be on time, to be friendly, to be positive, to relax, to look professional, to be honest, toe listen carefully and so on is common sense. But I don't know why. It's not very common. I've seen it. I'm sure that I'm sure that you can imagine it's not very common. How do you ace the interview? Because all these things sound good, right? They say. We say, Well, they're common sense. These air easy. I can ace the interview. It sounds good, but when a job offer is on the line, it's a lot harder to execute. I know it. I get that. I've been there many, many times. So that's why I say you need to do research. It's going to give you confidence right from the very start, jot down some intelligent, meaningful questions to ask. Write down some of your past experiences, then practice telling your story clearly and concisely. Once you've done all this preparation, you're ready to go. You can walk into the interview room with confidence and try to have a friendly conversation with the interviewer, you can play the role of a coworker or a friend and just imagine you're having a discussion over dinner coffee. I think you'll see a huge change, a huge positive change, and I think you get much better results. Yes, it's common sense, but no, it's not very common. And if you're willing to spend a little bit of time on preparation and you're willing to put yourself in this kind of frame of mind during the interview, I think it will make a world of difference. 17. STAR Answer Format - Sample Question #1: Now, one question that you might get asking a interview is you might have the interview say to you, Tell me about an unpopular decision that you made on a team And how did you get buy in from everybody else? So you might think for a second. And you know, even if you're a student, you don't have to use work examples. Um, you can use examples from your class projects. There's plenty of things you can use examples from. And so I'm just going to go through an example, uh, using a class project so you can see no matter how much work experience you have, you're probably going to be able to answer these kind of questions. If you've had any team experience at all. And if you're someone that's been working on teams for many years, then you you're gonna have uneven, easier job answering these types of questions. So for the situation, I might say, OK, well, in my senior design class, I was on a team and we were making this unmanned blimp that would fly itself around, and we got to the point of deciding what materials to use to balance the strength of the the blimp frame and also wait because we needed to be light, so that would be the situation. So I'd say, you know, I basically say that senior, it was a senior design class senior design class. I had to decide best materials and, you know, I only took 30 seconds toe. Explain that it doesn't take very long at all. You don't need toe get long winded on the situation. And then I would say I knew that a plastic material was right because I have done my research. And so my job or my task as a leader was to convince the team, and I already knew that they wanted to use balsa wood. So my task is really convince Team that plastic was correct, although they wanted would. So then we go to the action part. So I say so what I did is I compiled all the data that showed why my material was better. So I made comparisons for cost of the material, for strength, of the material, for weight, of the material and for ease of manufacturing. And then I took it, and I presented it to the team. So I say my action was I presented data comparing the options to the team. Then I would make sure to not forget about the result. And I would say, because I used data and I appeal to the logic of the team rather than just saying this is how it's gonna be. I was able to convince them, and they were actually able to agree with me that plastic was the right solution and we went on to complete a very successful project, and we even got it featured in local newspapers or something like that. So, obviously the result. Waas team agreed that plastic was better, better and Project waas a big success. And I think something simple like that. It's a very simple example. It's using a class project even though you know, if you have work, experience, that be better. I think this shows you can go through using a star format and it really keeps you on track . You don't get too long winded in any one area and you don't forget how important it is to talk about results. And the interviewer is able to follow that without getting bored, and I think it'll be a really powerful way to answer questions. You don't necessarily have to every time. Say, this was my task. This was my action, but kind of like I did, You could say. Well, yeah, I'll give you an example in the situation I was in was this. And then you can say, Well, my job was this. And then I took these actions, and the end result was, you know, whatever the end result was. 18. STAR Answer Format - Sample Question #2: now, another question that you might have an interview or ask you is they might say to you Tell me about a time when you dealt with a difficult person on a team and how did you handle that? So if if you're not sure right out the bat would example to use, it's no problem at all to say, Hey, can I have a second to think about that? You know that is no problem. It will take time and think of a good example to use. And this is why I talked about before you go to the interview, maybe jot down some of your team experiences so they're fresh in your mind. So when you're asked a question like this, you instantly think of a good team experience that you can use is an example. So I might say, OK, well, the situation that I had is I was on a team of seven people for an engineering project last semester, and we were falling behind on the project because the project required input from all 17 members. But one person was not really pulling their weight, and they had just arguing with everybody and being very difficult. So I just say this just kind of summarized. We had a seven person team, one not doing anything, and that's all I would say for situation. Then I would move on. And I say Now I knew that rather than going and complaining to the teacher, we really needed to get this person engaged. So my job or my task was to figure out how to do that. So get this person engaged and this is one place. I'll see some people, and I think they're actually trying to use the star format and they'll take about three minutes to describe the situation. And then they'll get to the task and they'll say something really random, like, you know. So I went and I talked to the teacher about this person or whatever, and I don't think that's what folks are looking for. So I think here is talking about how you're going to engage the person and all that makes a lot more sense anyway, moving on to the action part so that I would say so what I did or my action is I went to that person one on one, and I explained, without their support. There was no way we could finish the project, and I would show them or I showed this person how important they were to the team. And I even said if they were interested, like them to take on a much more major part of the project and really lead that. So one on one showed how important the person waas to the team and offered responsibility for leading big part. Then I would say, and really the result of that was the person they they took on that part of that responsibility and they were excited about it, and they actually went on to have, ah, bigger and a very big impact on our team, one of the most impactful rules on the team. And we we finished our project on time, and we hit all our milestones. So a person went on to have big impact and project finished on schedule. So just another quick example of how you can use the star method to really step through a nice, logical answer. And I think it another nice thing is it's also highlighting some of your people skills. You know, you're talking about how in the task part, you're gonna go and engage a team member rather than go on, complain to your boss or your teacher, whatever. And then then action. You're also showing kind of some people skills and how you know, you show them how important they are to the team and how you can't do without him and kind of appeal to them in that sense. And then it helps you not forget about showing the results positive results of what actually happened. 19. Oddball / Brainteaser / Guesstimation Example: So one example of a brain teaser or kind of a guestimation question that's pretty popular I've heard mentioned a lot is how many gas stations are there in the U. S. And I think it's not. The specific question is important, but if you're ever to get this sort of kind of oddball question, you know, I think it's important. Don't just blurt out a number. I would take out a sheet of paper and try to work through some sort of simple solution. Whether or not you get the right answer is probably not that important, but it's more to show that you're not. It's gonna blurt out an answer without thinking about it, and so I'm just gonna work through this one. I've actually tried to solve it in several different ways, and I'm gonna go through kind of the short version. It's probably a little less accurate, but it's a little bit easier to give for an example, So I would first say, Okay, that's interesting question, you know, can I have a second to think about it? And then, you know, I'm just gonna like I said, use a simple example. So I grew up in a really small town and there's, like, 5000 people in the town. So I would tell the interviewer I would say, Look, the way I'm gonna go about solving this problem is I'm gonna use the number of people in my town where I grew up and the number of gas stations there, and I'm gonna go about it that way, kind of let them know how you're going to solve the problem. You know, you might even turn the paper a little bit to one side so they can kind of see what you're writing. So I would say, All right, first off, no five 1000 people and my town, and I promise I didn't look up any solutions online, was gonna kind of wing it here. And then I was sitting now in my town, we had about three gas stations in my Tim, right? So I would say that and you can do rounding and make assumptions. So I would say, Well, that's going to come out to write about Oh, right about you know, I just have to work this out. I didn't use very smart numbers here. Try Teoh. Try to make assumptions that will give you easy numbers to work with. So 5000 divided by three it's going to give you And I would say I'm just gonna approximate it at seat 4800. So 1600 people, uh, gas station. And it's okay to do that. Obviously, the numbers a little bit higher than that. 1600 times. Three, If my math is correct is about 4800. Don't try to get into the decimals. Just say, Look, I'm gonna assume that's about 1600 people for gas station, all right? And then I would say Now I'm going to assume that there is approximately three 120 1,000,000 people in us now. I know there is probably more like 3 40 but I can tell already that 1600 is going to divide into 320 a lot easier. So then I would say, All right, that gives me You wouldn't even have to Probably right this one out. It's pretty simple math. Now I'm gonna write it out. People divided by 1600 people per station. All right, so that obviously that's going to go away, and that's gonna go away, right? So it's gonna give you okay, so that's about yeah, that's 200,000 gas stations. All right, all right. So I just look the number up and it's somewhere around 141,000 is the actual number, so that's pretty close. The actual number. So that's pretty close. I mean, 140,000 versus 200,000. That's perfectly fine. In fact, that's actually pretty good. I think even if you came up with 500,000 as long as you went through this type of process, you'd be completely flying. I think the point is the state your assumptions clearly to explain how you're going about solving the problem and then kind of showing what you're doing ideally on a piece of paper . So we didn't talk about guestimation questions in this course, and we didn't really talk about case interviews that much. But I just want to give you kind of idea just for fun of an oddball type of question. If you want to see some more just for fun, there's ah, supplemental document and a couple sections later, that's got a bunch of oddball questions that I got from Glassdoor 20. Take Action to Improve Your Interview Skills Today!: Well, I sure hope this has been a very useful course for you. And I hope you are able to learn more about interview basics. And you know what types of interviews there are, what different formats of interviews you might encounter. I hope you're a lot more comfortable with what you need to do to prepare for interviews and you know what to focus on during your preparation. And I also hope that you're a lot more confident as you go into the interview with really, what the goals of interviews are and what your main focus should be during the interview. And I would encourage you to take a look at the check lists if you haven't already, and maybe keep them on your phone or print them out. Listen to the audio versions, and I think that something will serve is a very good reminder. Every time you go to an interview, I think you should try to use those or try to reference back to those checklists because I think they'll help you a lot during preparation and then also during the interview. If you take a look at those. So if there was anything during this course that didn't completely meet your expectations or you have questions about Please do reach out to me. I really want this to be a valuable course to you, and I'll do everything I can to make it right. And if if I need to add lectures, I absolutely will. So please reach out to me if there's anything you have concerns about or questions about. And if it was a valuable course to you, I just ask that you consider taking a few seconds to leave the course of review that'll help other students and other professionals really decide if this is the right course for them. And obviously it's gonna help me as well, thank you again for taking the course, and I wish you all the very best in your careers and in your future interviews.