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Interview Prep

Mock Interview

Illustration of a human resource manager talking with a job candidate.

Interview Tips

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  • Phone “chats” matter – a lot. Phone screens are frequently the first step in the interview process and are just as important as an in-person interviews.
  • Practice makes perfect. Never go into an interview unprepared. Practice answering common interview questions with a friend or a career counselor.
  • Be a good listener. Make sure to understand the interviewer’s question and ask for clarification if needed.
  • Know your resume. Be able to confidently talk about any item listed on your resume.
  • Tell a story. People remember anecdotes so try and substantiate your skills and experiences with examples.
  • Tackle your nerves. Remember – you’ll be talking about a subject you’re an expert in: yourself!

Standard Interview Questions

Popular Interview Questions -
These are not organized in order of importance – read each one to carefully prepare for an interview:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why did you decide to pursue graduate studies in public health?
  • What are your favorite/least favorite courses? Why?
  • Discuss your career goals….where do you see yourself in five years.
  • Why do you want to work at (Name of Organization)?
  • What motivates you to put forth your best effort?
  • Describe a significant contribution you made to an organization during a work or internship experience.
  • What things stress you out?
  • What two things are most important to you in a job?
  • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
  • Have you had any overseas experience? If so, what was the most difficult cultural hurdle that you had to overcome?
  • Provide an example of a problem or conflict you have encountered and how you handled it.
  • How would you categorize your management style?
  • How would your colleagues categorize your management style?
  • Provide some characteristics of your ideal job.
  • What types of decisions are most difficult for you.
  • Walk me through a significant project (research or other) you carried out.
  • What do you do for relaxation/fun?
  • Have you ever failed at anything?
  • With what other organizations are you interviewing?
  • Why do you want to work in… administration/public service, etc?
  • Why would you choose to work at our firm?
  • What accomplishments outside of school have given you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Tell me about a situation in which your actions served to make a team you were part of more effective.
  • Give me an example of experience you have had communicating information orally – perhaps to someone in a higher position than yours, or to a group of people.
  • Tell me about a time that you had a significant impact on a person, group, or organization. How did your contribution to a team, organization, club, etc make a difference.
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to multitask or juggle several ongoing projects. How did you prioritize your tasks and subsequently go about completing them so as to meet their respective goals/timeframes, etc.
  • Why should we hire you? What personal strengths and commitments do you bring to (name of company or position title).
  • Is there anything else about your skills, background, or interests that you would like us to know?