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Oral: Preparing for Careers in Industry


How to ace an industry interview.
E. TEDFORD (1), E. Tedford (2) (1) Syngenta, U.S.A.; (2) Syngenta, U.S.A.

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Acing the interview is easy, right? Not so fast. Remember job interviews are all about making the best matches of people and company. The company needs to know you are the right fit, and you need to know if the company is right for you. You need to research the job and prepare for the interview, anticipate questions, and follow up. However, interviews in Industry are often much different from academic interviews. More often they are behavioral interviews instead of traditional. So you might not be asked one question about your beloved research. Behavioral interviews are based on the theory that past performance is the best indicator of future behavior. Therefore these interviews focus on questions that probe specific past behaviors, such as: “tell me about a time where you confronted an unexpected problem,” or “tell me about an experience when you failed to achieve a goal”. Job-seekers need to prepare for these interviews by recalling scenarios that fit these types of behavioral-interviewing questions. So you must prepare for a behavioral interview in addition to a traditional one. This presentation will address some of the most critical things that you can do to prepare yourself to ace an industry interview.