Strong preparation makes the difference in an interview! Review the guide below and set an interview with a member of our staff if you would like to have a practice interview session. We may be able to connect you with alumni in your area of interest who may be able to conduct a phone interview with you. We also offer BigInterview to help you prepare on your own. It's especially helpful when preparing for video interviews. Use this template to think through stories and examples to share as you demonstrate your skills and competencies for the role.
Interview questions generally are one of three types: biographical, behavioral, or technical/case interview.
Biographical interview questions are designed to get to know you better and are typically the first questions you will receive in an interview. Some examples are
Behavioral interview questions usually begin with "Tell me about a time when_____" and ask you to share your actions in past situations you may have encountered.
Using the STAR method to answer behavioral interview questions
Those interviewing in finance will have to prepare to answer questions that demonstrate their quantitative expertise and understanding of investment banking. Candidates may be asked to explain how to value a company, how many manhole covers are in New York City, how a 10-k and a 10-q relate to each other, among other questions. Sewanee students have access to the Vault Guide to Finance Interviews (also available in print in our office), and our office has other resources to share. Please ask!
Those interviewing in consulting will have to prepare for a case interview. When in a case interview, candidates should:
Why Candidates Don't Get Hired (excellent, very concise slide set)
Our pinterest board has examples of interview attire and a few interview tips