Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking. A job interview can be as brief as 30 minutes with a hiring manager to several rounds that take most, if not all, of a day. Students can schedule mock interviews. At least two are recommended, with the first being no less than 10 days before (when possible). By preparing for an interview you will be more comfortable and confident with your responses.

The objective of the interviewer is to find out if you have the skills and motivation to perform the job and fit the organization's culture. A well-prepared candidate will be able to respond accordingly, have a few relevant questions to ask, and take mental note of the work environment to determine whether or not it would be a good fit for their personal and professional goals.

Additional interview resources are available in CareerBeam. Sample questions, tips, and the ability to record and review video mock interviews are available.

Types of Interviews

    • One-to-one

    • Structured

    • Panel/Group

    • Competitive

    • Telephone

    • Video (live or recorded)

Other Means of Assessment

    • Testing

    • Group/Individual project assessment

    • On-Site Visit

    • During a Meal

Types of Interview Questions

    • Behavioral

    • Brainteaser

    • Case

    • Competency (Field specific)

    • Credential Verification

    • Experience Verification

    • Nonsense (to see how well you think on your feet)


    • Dress appropriately to the work environment. This varies industry and organization.

    • Present yourself as a professional: arrive 10-15 minutes early with your portfolio of resume, cover letter, note pad, etc. Bring letters of recommendation, samples of work, and performance evaluations.

    • Review the job posting and thoroughly research the company.

    • Be prepared to sell yourself. Know what you have to offer and how you'll have an impact.

Tackling Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interview can be difficult. If you don't provide the interviewer with the information that he or she is seeking they may not let you off the hook. They may rephrase the question or for more information. However, if you remember the STAR approach you will likely provide them the what they seek to learn about you.

    • ST - The Situation or Task

    • A - The Action you took

    • R - The Results you achieved