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Interviewing

Interviewing

Preparation is key to succeeding in an interview. Follow the steps below and schedule an appointment with Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) to discuss interview tips and techniques or conduct a mock interview:

  1. Sign in to Beach Connect through Single Sign-On (SSO)
  2. From your Beach Connect homepage, click on "Get Assistance" 
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose "Career Counseling" for type of appointment 
  4. Choose the service you would like to request and view the available times
  5. Select "Graduate Business Career Services" and select online, in person or phone appointment

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Levy at Michelle.Levy@csulb.edu. For more information about interviewing tips and questions visit the Career Development Center (CDC)

Common Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why are you interested in the position?
  • Why are you interested in our company?
  • What are your strengths and an area of improvement?
  • Tell me about an accomplishment you are proud of?
  • What are your short term and long term goals?
  • Tell me about a time…
    • you solved a problem within your academic or work experience?
    • you utilized attention to detail skills in your academic or work experience?
    • you communicated with diverse stakeholders to showcase an idea or project?
    • you demonstrated leadership skills in your past academic or work experience? 
  • What is your management style?
  • What qualities are you looking for in a supervisor?
  • Why should we hire you over the other candidates that have applied?

Questions to Ask During an Interview:

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • What does the training look like for this position?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement or professional development?
  • How is success measured in this position? 
  • Where you do you see the company going in the next couple of years?
  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • Why do you enjoy working here?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • Can I answer any final questions for you? 

Tools

Big Interview:  this online tool allows you to practice interviewing 24/7.  You are able to view webinars on interviewing as well as simulate a real interview by identifying questions and then receiving a link to your recorded interview.  Access Big Interview by signing in to CareerLINK, which is accessible through your single sign on. 

Watch videos about interviewing from Beyond B-School on the following topics.  To access Beyond B-School sign in to your single sign on and then sign in to CareerLINK:

  • Performing Under Pressure: Top Interview Tools  
  • Why You? Preparing Your Story to Answer the Inevitable Make or Break Interview Questions
  • Preparing for the Tough Interview Questions