Behavioral Interviewing

START HERE – If you are seeking a job or internship, chances are that you will participate in at least one interview during the overall selection process. This is perhaps the single most critical component of the entire job search process; where you have the chance to promote and position yourself as the best candidate for the job, and demonstrate your fit with the company and the position. Use the resources provided here to address some of the most frequently asked questions  related to interview preparation, and to access tools and resources that can assist you in your practice.

Interviews – Chapter from Carlson CBCC’s Career Guide on Interviews and Interview Preparation, include information on:

  1. What to expect during different rounds of interviews
  2. Types of questions commonly asked
  3. Overview of Behavioral Interviews and the STAR format
  4. Overview of Case Interviews
  5. Resources for Interview Preparation and Interview Checklist
14 minute video that covers the basics of behavioral interviewing

Preparing for a Behavioral Interview

  • Review notes from networking meetings or information sessions with the employer.  Reach out to anyone you connected with at the company and let them know you are interviewing.
  • Review the position description and identify the key skills (i.e. verbs) and experiences the employer is looking for.
  • Identify a STAR story (see below) that can be used for each of the core skills/experiences the role requires
  • Have your “Walk me through your resume OR Tell me about yourself” story ready (see below)
  • Have answers for “Why are you interested this role?” and “Why are you interested in this organization?” perfected

Behavioral Interview Preparation

General Interview Advice

  • What Do Employers REALLY Want? – Presents some of the key leadership competencies that recruiters are looking for in qualified graduate-level candidates.  
  • Interviewing In Business School – A presentation that gives an overview of the different types of interviews often experienced by Carlson graduate students.
  • Second-Round Interviews – A presentation that will help you learn what to expect from a second-round interview, and share some practical advice and tips for getting prepared.


An online tool that uses your computer’s webcam in order to video/audio record your responses to commonly asked interview questions.  Great for practicing on your own!  

Behavioral Interview Examples

Tell Me About Yourself

Most interviews begin with some version of “tell me about yourself” or “walk me through your resume”.  You will want to prepare to have a 2 minute introduction that touches on your educational and professional experience paired with your skills, achievements and aspirations. This is a great guide and here is a more detailed example.