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Exploring Public Interest Resources at HLS: Interviews

Interviews take on particular significance with public interest employers, as they seek to learn how deeply you are committed to their mission and how well you would fit in with their office. The following resources can help you prepare to put your best foot forward in interviews with public interest employers.

  • Review our tips on [link_to id=46680 title=”Preparing for the Interview”]preparing for public interest interviews[/link_to], including virtual or phone interviews, and [link_to id=46682 title=”Presentation at the Interview”]interview presentation[/link_to].
  • Listen to our [link_to id=368819 title=”Acing 1L Interviews”]recent podcast with OCS[/link_to] and watch our videos of past events on acing 1L interviews.
  • Make note of questions you should be prepared to answer and ask during an interview.
  • Some public interest employers may engage in behavioral interviewing, an interview technique based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance. Review our list of common behavioral interview questions.
  • Don’t forget to do your homework! Finding out as much as possible about the employer will help you appear enthusiastic and informed about their work and craft a compelling narrative about why you want to contribute to that work as a summer intern. Browse the employer’s website and press releases, read search engine results about an employer’s work, review past intern evaluations in the Helios public service organizations database, and locate former interns through [link_to id=98752 title=”Who Worked Where”]Who Worked Where lists[/link_to].
  • Your personality and demeanor are just as important as your accomplishments. Be sure to convey energy and interest in your interview, and show employers that you are the kind of person with whom they would want to work.
  • Remember that [link_to id=46686 title=”Interview Follow-Up: Thank You Notes”]thank you notes[/link_to] should always be written after an interview.
  • A mock interview can help you prepare for the real thing. [link_to id=47038 title=”Public Interest Services for Current Students”]Make an appointment[/link_to] with an OPIA adviser to practice your interviewing skills. When signing up for the appointment, be sure to indicate the specific job you are interviewing for, so that we can tailor our questions accordingly.

Meet with an OPIA Adviser!

As you think about your summer goals, we encourage you to [link_to id=47038 title=”Public Interest Services for Current Students”]make an advising appointment to discuss your plans[/link_to]. One-on-one advising can be extremely helpful in giving direction to your job search. When signing up for an appointment, be sure to include some notes about your interests and thoughts for the summer job search, so that your adviser can best prepare for your appointment. Students who have already met with an adviser are welcome to schedule a follow-up appointment with any adviser if they wish.