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.
  • 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.

Matthew Ellis wins 2nd Prize at NAGS 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools hosted their 2022 3-Minute Thesis Competition on April 28th. This competition brought together participants from 31 institutions to present their thesis research live in just three minutes. Yale Ph.D. student Matthew Ellis, Department of …

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
Read more »

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 …

By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy
Read more »

Prepping for Finance Technical Interviews? Use the Vault Guide to Finance!

Vault Guide to Finance Interviews, 9th Edition (firsthand.co) This guide provides advice on preparing for interviews as well as in-depth sample questions and practice cases to help readers hone their understanding of key financial concepts. Corporate valuation, equities, bonds and …

By Yale Office of Career Strategy
Yale Office of Career Strategy
Read more »

Yale 2022 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced!

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition challenges Ph.D. students to describe their thesis work clearly and engagingly in just 3 minutes! On April 14th we invited the Yale community to cheer on this year’s 11 finalists in this live-streamed celebration of Ph.D. …

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
Read more »

4 Interview Phrases You’re Overlooking That Prove The Company Is Actually Worth Joining

There’s a lot of focus on the negative signs when it comes to reading a company in an interview. No one wants to end up in a toxic workplace, after all. But how do you know if an organization is …

By Fairygodboss - Ivy Exec
Ivy Exec
Ivy Exec is your dedicated career development resource.
Read more »

Career Resources

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

Community Spotlights

CONTACT & LOCATION

Phone
(203) 432-0803
Address

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Fl.
New Haven, CT 06510

SERVICE HOURS

Academic Year Summer Hours
M 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
T 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
W 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
TH 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
F 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm

The office is closed weekends, holidays, and recess days.