Interviews are inevitable. Almost all jobs, occupations, and career paths require an interview of some sort to grant entry into the field. Interviews are used to take what is seen on paper in the form of a resume, and put an individual and their personality to all that they have accomplished. In theory, interviews should not be difficult. The hard work, building the resume, has already been done. Individuals should just be a mirror image of their resume, and be able to better articulate their accomplishments, because they are not limited to what can be dictated in one page of bullet points and headers. Then why are interviews terrifying for so many applying for admission into an educational program, new job, or career path?

This meta-analysis will look at the varying types of interviews, how they function, and their reliability in predicting success of an individual in academia or a job setting. It will also serve as an analysis of interview data from the Grand Valley State University Housing and Residence Life Resident Assistant interviews, comparing data from two years with a changed interview style. Following the real-life example, the analysis will cover the factors that influence both the interviewer and the interviewee when in an interview. This section naturally leads into introducing what research says is the best way to prepare for an interview, and how to best relieve anxiety before an interview. Lastly, there will be an in-depth interview and personal review of graduate school admissions interviews, intertwined with opinions of the reliability and necessity for these interviews