University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Job Interviewing Tips

Transferable Skills

When preparing for a job interview, it's important to gather detailed information about the organization and the job for which you are interviewing. Once you know what you will need to do on the job, think about ways you may have done those things in the past. These are called transferable skills… similar skills used in different environments or in different ways.

Best Interviewing Questions

According to a survey of employers by Recruiting Trends, these are the best questions asked by job applicants. These questions first appeared in the Collegiate Employment Institute Newsletter, Winter 1993.

Behavioral Questions

A common interviewing practice is Behavioral Interviewing. This is when the employer asks questions about your past experiences. This will give the employer an idea of the skills you have and a time when you used them. These questions usually start with something like, “Tell me about a time when…” or “Describe your best example of…” Use your STAR illustrations to highlight your skills and abilities with concrete past examples.