An interview allows the employer to assess your qualifications for the job or internship, your fit with the organization, how well you have considered your reasons for applying, how clearly you express your potential contribution, and your “soft skills” such as communication and professionalism. In essence, the interviewer wants to know: Why should we hire you? Interviews are also an opportunity for YOU to evaluate the organization and whether the opportunity you've applied for aligns with your professional interests, skills, values, and goals.



Job interviews are often a very stressful part of the job search process. OCS has designed a number of workshops to help you prepare, including:

See our Becoming Faculty events page for more details.

Additional resources:

GSAS advisers also offer individual mock interviews. Students may sign up for mock interviews at the front desk or by phone. Plan well in advance, as these appointments are often difficult to schedule. Be sure to bring a resume or CV to the interview, dress professionally, prepare for the interview, and be punctual. You are strongly encouraged to attend an interview workshop prior to scheduling a mock interview. Students are eligible for only one mock interview per academic year. 

Download the video transcript (pdf).