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Interviewing 101: Being Ready for Intel

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Students and new graduates are constantly posing the question, “What can I do to better prepare myself for an interview with Intel ?” I thought it was time we write a post with some specifics, since we are entering a year where we project some heavy hiring in the intern and college graduate space . (For those of you in the experienced space, these tips can be valuable to you as well!) Hopefully some of the insights will help you be prepared and ultimately land your dream ‘gig’ at Intel. I decided I didn’t want to just supply you with MY insights – so I interviewed some of my peers for this post and hope you find their tips to be helpful!

First, I polled Beth, who started at Intel in 1983 and has worked the past 16 years on our US College Team. She has also worked in staffing, training, and employee relations in our human resources organization. She’s an Arizona State University alum, and was a computer information systems major in their business school. Here were her top four tips:

1. “Be very flexible on times/dates for interview–make yourself available!”

2. “Be open to any US location–Intel will assist you with relocation (Money and housing assistance)”

3. “Try to be open to an extended internship– not just the summer. Many hiring managers want to get more return on their investment, so they hire people that have time to train, and then give the student more time to produce quality work! ? Yes, we do still hire people for three-month summer internships, but more frequently we hire for a 4-6 month time period.”

4. “Provide positive examples of professional/school/volunteer work and emphasize the work you’ve done with teams. Leadership is good too.”

Next, I interviewed Cath, a Campus Relations Manager for five of Intel’s focus schools (MIT, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Howard, and University of Maryland, College Park). She has worked at Intel over 10 years in a variety of staffing roles, and loves being part of the process that brings the best and brightest students to Intel!

Cath "dittos" Beth’s recommendation, but also supplies the following advice:

1. “Do your research on Intel – be prepared to ask several intelligent, well-prepared questions on Intel or specifically the business group you are interviewing with. Don’t ask ‘What does Intel do…?’”

2. "Be prepared to discuss examples that demonstrate strong leadership skills, multi-tasking/prioritization, self-motivation, ability to work in an ever-changing environment and ability to work well in a team.

Leigh was my next interviewee; you can find her at these Intel focus schools: Purdue, UC Berkeley, USC, and University of Texas, Austin. She started her career at Intel as an intern and then was hired as a college graduate! Ten years later Leigh still thinks she made a great choice coming to work here! She’s had a variety of different roles at Intel.

While Leigh offered similar advice to what Beth and Cath offered, she had one additional recommendation:

“Students should work on preparing for behavioral interview questions as well as technical. They should think back on a variety of experiences to draw on to answer behavioral questions (jobs, internships, school projects, school teams, etc.)”

Leigh makes a very valid point. Intel likes to be sure we are hiring people that will thrive in our fast-paced environment. This means being able to adapt to change, collaborate and innovate. Behavioral interviewing helps us find peoples’ strengths and weaknesses in an alternative way. We try NOT to ask the boring question that everyone hates to answer.

Hopefully these tips will help you better prepare for an interview with Intel. Typically, we start off with a phone screen to assess your technical skills. Then, if you pass that test, we may fly you in to join us onsite for a larger round of interviews.

On a final note, we strive to hire interns that we feel confident we would want to convert into college graduate hires! This means we are thorough interviewing both interns and new grads alike! Being prepared is the ultimate way to ensure a successful interview with Intel.