At its core, an interview is a two-way conversation between you and the hiring manager
to see if the role is a good fit for you. Your values and interests can help guide
the conversation. Remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing
you. A successful interview involves research, practice, and making a good impression.
What does it mean to be a good fit in a role?
A role best suits you if you are capable, qualified, and interested in the work.
- Capable: Are you able to complete the work at hand?
- Qualified: Do you have the hard skills needed? Do your values align with the mission of the company?
- Interested: Do you like this field? Are you comfortable with the location or with the company itself?
Build your confidence by practicing your interview beforehand. Use these sample questions to help guide your practice.
Behavioral Questions and the STAR Method
Behavioral interviews are the most common type of interview you will encounter. These can be questions that start with "Tell me a time when..." or "Give me an example of...". You'll have to think about your past experiences and behavior to ace these questions.
Remember the eight career readiness skills – career & self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity & inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology. Think of 1–2 specific examples of experiences that relate to those. Then, use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to talk about them.
- Situation: Give any background information or context the interviewer may need to understand the situation you were dealing with.
- Task: Discuss the task you were given or a task that came from the situation you described.
- Action: Describe your specific actions that completed or addressed the task.
- Result: Tell the interviewer what came from your action, whether good or bad, and what you learned from the experience.
Ace These Common
- Present: tell about who you are currently (i.e. student at LSU, what you’re studying etc.)
- Past: Highlight past experiences (i.e. leadership, part-time jobs, etc.) that are relevant to the job
- Future: why you’re interested in this new opportunity that you’re applying to
Identify your strengths and how those align with the company’s goals and job description.
Practice your answer to this question. This will show that you are confident about what you can bring to the role.
Think about you, and how you are qualified, capable, and excited.
Take the next step.