Prepare for Interviews

Know the Position and the Organization

  • Analyze the job description, make a list of the preferred qualifications, and identify how you meet and/or exceed them.
  • Prioritize your skills and qualifications in order of importance and don't forget to mention them during your interview.
  • If a description is not available, ask the hiring manager for details and/or speak with professionals you know at the organization or in the same industry.
  • Research the organizations's mission, vision, and values and be prepared to share specific ways you will help the organization reach its goals.
  • Search online to get a third-party perspective.
  • Connect with the organization and people who work there via social media outlets such as LinkedIn and the Fresno State Alumni Association's Career Connections.

Common Interview Questions


  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Walk me through your resume?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you?


  • What are your major academic achievements?
  • How has your education prepared you for this career?
  • What courses have you taken that are directly transferable to this position?


  • What skills and/or experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
  • How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • How would you describe your leadership skills


  • If you were a brand, what would be your motto?
  • What song best describes your work ethic?

Behavioral Interviewing

Designed to get you to reveal more about yourself, how you think, solve problems, and interact with others.

Practice the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) concept to help you answer behavioral interview questions.

Questions You can Ask Employers

  • How would you describe the company's culture and leadership philosophy?
  • What is a typical day or week like?
  • What types of projects might I expect during the first six months here?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?

Dress for Success

  • What you wear to your interview depends on the position for which you are applying, the organization's culture, and the industry.
  • Know your audience and dress at least one notch more formally than the people who already work there.
  • If you are still unsure, contact the recruiter, manager, or human services department and ask.
  • Visit the Clothing Closet to obtain up to three items of professional clothing per semester.

Practice with Big Interview

  • Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you are interviewing for a job or graduate school.
  • Access 100's of interview questions and sample answers.
  • Complete both "Fast Track" and "Mastery Track" systems of lessons and virtual interview practice.
  • Get inside the head of any interviewer and prove that you are the candidate they are looking for.

General Tips

  •  Arrive 10-15 minutes early to your interview location.
  • Greet everyone you meet with a firm handshake.
  • Listen carefully; if you do not understand a question, ask for clarification before answering.
  • Emphasize your strengths and stay positive.
  • Pay attention to your nonverbal communication, such as posture and eye contact.
  • Say "Thank You" in person, and in writing.

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