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A good interview starts with preparation.

  • Do your research and learn everything you can about the organization. Read their website to see how they talk about themselves. Google them to see if there's news about them. Talk to current or past employers to get the inside perspective.
  • Anticipate questions they may ask. Look carefully at the position description for clues about the types of questions they're likely to ask. 
  • Review your resume. Be prepared to speak in detail about anything on your resume.
  • Prepare several questions that you can ask the interviewer.
  • Practice! Set up a practice interview with a career counselor. Have it recorded so that you can view it and critique yourself. 

Practice Interviews
We can't stress enough the value of a practice interview. Interviewing, like any other skill, is something you improve with practice.

Case Interviewing (for Consulting opportunities)
Typically found in interviews consulting organizations, it is important to be prepared for case interviews. View this page for basics, resources and a video from Kate Whittington ’98, Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company.

Technical Interviewing (for software engineering opportunities)
This is the most common type of interview for people looking for software engineering/programming jobs or opportunities. See resources and tips for how to prepare and master this type of interview. 

Common Interview Questions
Have some answers to these questions ready before the interview.

Dressing For Interviews
Dress for the part: appropriate dress for interviews and what to bring

Contacting Alumni
There may be alums at the organization where you want to interview. They can help tell you what kind of questions the interviewers may ask, and give you other ideas as well.

LinkedIn's Guide to Screening Candidates: 30 Essential Behavioral Interview Questions

The Ultimate Guide To Passing Any Interview
Before applying for a job, it is important that you brush up on your interview skills. The interview is often the final hurdle for job applicants to overcome.

For more information, pick up our Interviewing Guide in the Career Center or view it online here.

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This page was last updated on 14 October 2019