Interview Preparation

The employer will use the interview to evaluate your skills, professionalism, what motivates you, and your genuine interest in their work. Equally importantly, an interview gives you the chance to assess the organization and determine if it is a good fit for your interests and goals. The key to a successful interview is research and practice! Begin by reviewing the interviewing tips below and these two brief animated videos: Interview Preparation and Telling Your Story.


Different Types of Interviews

Interviews come in different flavors, and some interviews may even combine these different types. A brief overview is below, but be sure to choose the hyperlinks to view more details on each type of interview and tips on how to prepare

  • The Behavioral Interview: Every interview has a behavioral portion, which includes a discussion of your resume, accomplishments, and the often asked ‘Tell me About Yourself‘ question. Check out the sample behavioral interview questions compiled by OCS and use this accomplishment stories worksheet to develop the stories you’ll use when answering these behavioral questions.
  • The Case Interview: In addition to behavioral interviewing questions, some employers will use a case interview to gauge your ability to problem solve in real-time. This is a popular interview format for consulting roles and marketing positions.
  • The Technical Interview: Questions of a technical nature are used to assess specific skills and knowledge of a field. These questions are often used in interviews for computer science positions and technical finance roles.
  • Vault Career Guides and Vault Interviewing Advice Guides provide interviewing advice for specific industries or fields. Register to use this free resource for Yale students and postdocs.
  • Big Interview: Licensed by OCS and free for all Yale students and postdocs, this mock interview tool allows students to choose among thousands of interview types, record their answers and watch them back for practice. Big Interview is accessible directly through your Yale Career Link account (at the right on the home page, under Shortcuts)
  • Illegal Interview Questions: It is important to know that there are some questions employers should not be asking candidates, and also how to handle these in the rare event it happens.

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Schedule a Practice Case Interview Appointment

A case practice interview appointment will mimic the format of a case interview with feedback and recommended next steps provided at the end.

Prior to attending your appointment, you will need to have completed at least 3 cases in ‘case …

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RocketBlocks Interview Prep

Yale OCS is pleased to offer students RocketBlocks an interactive web application that helps students prepare for case interviews in consulting, product management, product marketing and strategy + biz ops. Their approach is simple: decompose interviews into atomic skills and give …

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5 Key Tips for a Deloitte Federal Case Interview

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A Deloitte Federal case interview is given to candidates applying to the firm’s public sector-focused practice area, known as Deloitte Federal Government Services. Like the commercial …

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Career Strategy Video Bootcamp for GSAS Students & Postdocs

 

Calling all GSAS students and postdocs!

Are you looking to get a jump-start on your non-tenure track faculty job search before the start of the academic year?
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Career Resources

Computer Science Industry Guide + Hiring Timeline
Yale Computer Science Technical Interview Preparation Guide

If you are interviewing for a technical coding role, in addition to behavioral questions, you will likely have a technical …

Case Interview Prep Timeline

Timeline, tips and resources for preparing for case interviews.

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