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Practice Your Interview Skills

It's never too early to prepare for job interviews. The best time is to practice before you're called for one. The good news is that ASK mentors can help. They can simulate a job or internship interview with you.

Guide to Practice Interviews

Practice interviews generally last about an hour, with 30-45 minutes of questions and answers and 15-20 minutes for review and feedback. Treat your practice interview as though it were a real interview; it already mimics many of the same conditions you encounter in the "real thing," so make the most of it.

Practice Interview Reminders

Ready for a practice? Click here​​​ to browse available spots. We encourage you to practice more than once and get perspective from different ASK mentors.

Types of Interviews

Behavioral (Traditional) Interviews
Behavioral interviewing follows the notion that the best predictor of future behavior is past performance in a similar situation. Responses for behavioral interview questions should be specific and detailed, including the situation, the action taken and the outcome. They should explain a specific story that demonstrates the situation or characteristic asked. Usually these will start with "Tell me about a time when you..."

Phone Screening
Ideal for the long-distance volunteer, phone interviews are designed to simulate the screening process and focus on quick, short answers that determine if you have the required skills for the job. Since you cannot see the interviewer, phone interviews require greater care in being concise and verbally clear in your answers.

Industry-specific/Technical Interviews
As the name suggests, industry-specific interviews are typically more advanced interviews and focus on experience, skills and language specific to a particular field. In these cases, you will be matched with an ASK mentor who is familiar with the technicalities of the position you are practicing for.

Case Interviews
A case interview is a thoughtful discussion of business issues and problem-solving techniques. They are designed to assess a candidate's problem-solving skills, analytical abilities, creativity and ability to think "outside of the box." These would be appropriate for MBA candidates.​