Graduate Career Services

Effective Interviewing

Many companies use several types of interviews to get an all-inclusive sense of who you are as a potential employee. Ultimately, both parties are looking for the best fit, and the hiring process should be a two-way street.

Learning about the company and its culture prior to the interview will equip you with the effective interviewing skills needed for you to land the job.

Preparing for an upcoming interview is essential—begin early! Refer below for resources to help you research a company or industry. Also review our guide to Interviewing for additional details


We now provide access to InterviewStream, an interactive online interview tool which helps you prepare and practice your interviewing skills. Customizable, choose from hundreds of interview questions, record your responses online, and send your interview to trusted advisors for feedback.

Please send an email to to request access and begin using InterviewStream today.

Five successful steps to successful interview preparation:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Know the position you want
  3. Research the company and industry
  4. Ask questions
  5. Practice interviewing until you feel comfortable and confident

STAR Framework

Prepare for your interview by identifying situations from your résumé where you have demonstrated the behaviors a given company seeks. Use examples from past internships, classes, activities, team involvements, community service or work experiences that prove your competence with the desired behaviors.

The STAR framework helps to convey specific situations, actions and outcomes/results that validate what you are saying about yourself.

            Situation – The situation or setting, the background for context

            Task – Tasks or tactics used to approach or assess the challenge

            Action – Activities or actions uses to effect the change

            Result – The outcome, a sense of scale, the quantifiable results

Informational Interviewing: 

One of the best ways to prepare for interviews is to speak with people who interviewed with and work for the company in which you’re seeking employment. Contact alumni, recruiters, and others to request informational interviews and meet professionals employed in companies on your target list. 

Craft and practice a 60-second self-introduction that summarizes your experiences, expertise, and qualifications. Informational interviewing provides access to information about hiring managers, company culture, and potential job openings. Additionally, sharing your knowledge and contacts is equally valuable to these professionals.

Graduate Career Services Policies and Guidelines

The Graduate Career Services Center seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of the Marshall School of Business School and University of Southern California with our corporate partners and the community at large and ask our students to abide by recruiting policies and guidelines for professional conduct and Anti-Discrimination Policy.