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.
  • Firsthand Career Guides (previously Vault) also 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.

Career Strategy Essentials with the Office of Career Strategy (GSAS and Postdocs, Spring 2023)

Join OCS this spring for a series of career strategy workshops designed to help you navigate your career journey! We will introduce the many OCS resources at your disposal and cover essential skills like crafting a resume, exploring your interests …

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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Yale Biotech Club 2023 Biotech Investment Program (Apply by Monday, February 13, 2023)

Apply by Monday, February 13, 2023: LINK

Visit for more info: https://www.yalebiotechclub.org/biotech-investment-program-2023

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This year in collaboration with the Office of Career Strategy, YBC is excited to welcome Andre Xiao (Perceptive Advisors) who will be instructing the 2023 Bioinvestment Lecture …

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Giselle Tsikaridis Senior Administrative Assistant
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AI Resume Review and Mock Interviews: Big Interview

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) is a term you may have heard of, and if not, you will soon.

Through the Big Interview AI Resume Review, students can upload their draft resume and a job description and receive an ATS review, …

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Tell me Something About Yourself Interview Question and Answer

Tell me Something About Yourself Interview Question and Answer was originally published on CareerBands

No matter what position you’ve applied for, most interviewers start with this question. And it’s the one that sets the stage for the rest of the …

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Now available: Undergraduate Mock Engineering Interviews

Have a technical engineering interview coming up, but need practice to get ready? Get practice with a mock engineering interview with our OCS STEM Assistant, Kaitlyn.

Mock Engineering Interviews will be available starting 12/12/22 through the Spring 2023 semester. Sign …

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Stephanie DelVento Senior Administrative Assistant, Health Professions Advising/STEM Connect
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Career Resources

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