An interview is an opportunity for you to get to know the company, and for them to get to know you – finding a fit goes both ways.

Being able to communicate your story and why you are interested in a particular role/company/industry is vital to a successful interview. This requires preparation for behavioral questions and cases depending on the industry.  Clear delivery and ability to manage your nerves prior to and during the interview are also important considerations.

Getting Started

Reflecting on your previous experiences is the best place to start preparing for your interviews. These worksheets will help you develop content that will inform stories for your interviews.

Delivering your Stories

To feel more confident telling your stories during an interview it is important to invest time in preparing your body for a strong delivery. Here are some suggestions:

  • Breathing Exercises
    • Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds
    • Breathe in for 1 count, out for 1 count; in for 2 counts, out for 2 counts; in for 3 counts, out for 3 counts; . . .
    • Deep breath in, say a big Ahhhhhhh as you exhale, x3
    • Count your breaths
  • Power Posing with Amy Cuddy
  • Tips for Practicing Delivery

Virtual Interviewing

When planning for an interview, it is important to consider the setting for the conversation in your preparations. Virtual interviews require some additional preparation on your part compared to in-person interviews. We have compiled some resources to help you plan for these conversations and make a positive impression on the call.

Behavioral Interviews

No matter which roles you interview for, you inevitably will encounter behavioral interview questions.  Companies use behavioral interview questions to assess your hard, soft, and leadership skills.  It is important to take time to prepare for behavioral interviews because authentic and impactful responses require thoughtful reflections on your past experiences.

We recommend going through the resources listed below, watching the videos and using the worksheets to help you generate high quality stories.

We also invite you to work and practice with a CMG Career Coach throughout the process.

Behavioral Interview Questions

Case Interviews

Many industries are now including a mock case as part of their interview process. Haas has subscribed to RocketBlocks to help you prepare. RocketBlocks details are available in Consulting resources.

Additional Resources

  • MBA Interview Questions – List of questions Haasies have been previously asked at interviews for specific positions and companies. You must be logged into Google Drive with your @berkeley.edu email to access. If you are presented with the “request access” screen you will not be approved and need to sign in to Google from your @berkeley profile. If you would like to add your questions, please use this form
  • LinkedIn Interview Prep Assessment Tool This tool contains sample answers to common interview questions
  • Seed/Series A questions to ask founders in an interview List of questions to ask early-stage startup CEOs and underlying learning goals for each of them
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