An interview is an opportunity to share more about your skills and past experiences and demonstrate how you solve problems. You’ll want to prepare for an in-person or virtual interview through research and developing short stories. We recommend using the STAR method to talk about your experience. An interview is also your chance to determine if a job or company is the right fit for your goals and values. You’ll want to come prepared with questions to ask the employer at the end.
This page will guide you through preparing for the types of interviews specific to your career path and industry. Career Services provides mock interview prep. You may schedule a mock interview prep appointment on iCareers.
Behavioral interviews ask you to tell the interviewer stories about a time when you handled a specific type of situation. The theory behind these questions is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Employers who ask these questions are trying to assess how well you would handle situations that may come up on the job.
Technical interviews ask you to solve a set of technical problems, which may involve practicing coding, building frameworks, or applying your data analysis skills, depending on the position you are interviewing for. These situations are your chance to demonstrate adaptability, work style, and critical thinking, in addition to technical knowledge.
- Technical Interview Prep Panel recording (4/15/2020)
A case interview is used to evaluate your analytical reasoning and communications skills, often for a consulting position. You will be given a detailed business scenario to investigate, then present your solution for the problem. Rather than a wrong or right answer, employers look for an understanding of how you navigate ambiguity and approach problem-solving in order to create a compelling argument for your solution.
UI/UX Design Interviews
UX/UI design interviews allow employers (often design firms or other design-heavy businesses) to learn more about your approach to design, collaboration, and projects, and how this approach can contribute to the company. You may also receive a hands-on design challenge to complete on the spot, or take home and submit later.