In general, employers use interviews to evaluate three things:
- Do you have the academic background, technical qualifications, and skills to do the job?
- Do you have the personal characteristics and competencies necessary for effective performance?
- Are you a good fit with the organization?
In most cases, an interviewer has already decided from your résumé that you meet the first criteria, though he or she may have additional questions about your background. The answers to questions two and three can usually be gained only through an interview.
- Review our Interviewing Tip Sheet, which outlines the steps you can take to prepare and some of the questions you might expect in a typical interview.
- Practice your interview skills by logging into Handshake and clicking the “Mock Interview” link on the left-hand side of your home page.
- Schedule a mock interview with a career advisor for more practice and some one-on-one feedback.
Note: CareerLAB staff do not do mock case interviews. Click here for case interview prep resources.
It’s not unusual for students to feel intimidated by networking and to struggle to find people to talk to and to figure out how to start the conversation.
Making connections and having conversations with people who share your interests -- friends and fellow students, family, faculty, employers, and alumni -- is one of the most effective ways to explore and learn about different career paths and find jobs and internships.
Meet with an advisor or peer career advisor to get advice on approaching alumni and other contacts in your field and building your network. To help you make these connections, CareerLAB brings more than 100 alumni to campus each year to talk about their experiences through:
- Career Pathways panel discussions and programs.
- CareerCon is an intensive program through which students explore options for life after Brown by learning from and networking with alumni.
- Brown Degree Days brings dozens of other alumni to talk about how their concentrations shaped their careers.
- BrownConnect allows students to search for and connect with more then 40,000 alums. Current students can use BrownConnect to learn about various careers while at the same time developing a network of people who are willing and able to help you prepare for life after Brown.
- LinkedIn Alumni Connections Tool allows you to access more than 53,000 Brown alumni who have posted their professional profiles on LinkedIn, or you can view a list of Brown Alumni LinkedIn groups by industry.