May 11, 2018 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, recruiting methods, interviewing, spotlight
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
Want to get the most out of your case interviews? One of the keys to doing so is by ensuring students are prepared for this interview format, which differs markedly from that of more traditional behavioral interviews.
Behavioral interviews seek to understand candidates’ past experiences and how these candidates performed in different situations, explains Ryan Robinson, senior campus recruiter with Capital One.
“The purpose [of behavioral interviews] is to gauge how their past performance would translate into future performance in the available role,” Robinson continues. “With case interviews, candidates are not asked to draw on past experiences; rather, they are presented with a business scenario and are asked to consider different variables that could impact recommendations. Calculations are often required, and candidates will draw conclusions based on the limited data that is available.”
Adds Kelsey Indorf, campus recruiting manager with Capital One: “The purpose is to gauge candidates’ comfort with data, with incorporating new info, with drawing reasonable conclusions, and with making sound business recommendations.”
Although case interviewing continues to increase in popularity among employers, it’s not a format that students encounter often. Thus, employers need to ensure they communicate their intention to conduct case interviews on campus.
“In general, career services professionals are excellent at prepping students for interviews,” Robinson says. “As employers’ selection processes continue to evolve, we want to help career services stay current. We think that case interviewing will continue to increase in popularity, and employers need career services to help students get ready for this type of interview.”
Robinson and Indorf recommend that organizations that are conducting case interviews maximize their efforts by:
“Career services offices advise students to build resumes and to practice behavioral interview questions early in their academic careers,” Indorf says. “Employers should recommend to their career services partners that they introduce case interview prep at the same time. For students, familiarity and practice with case interviews can be the key to landing their dream job.”
Ryan Robinson and Kelsey Indorf will discuss case interviews during their presentation titled “Helping Students Land Their Dream Jobs” at the 2018 NACE Conference & Expo.
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