Preparing for Your CEB Interview

Depending on the position, your interview experience may consist of behavioral interviews, business case studies, auditions, and/or other assessments. This toolkit provides information on some of our most common interviews: behavioralcase studies, and digital.

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Interview Toolkit

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Behavioral Interview

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CEB research shows that past performance—both in and out of the workplace—best predicts a candidate’s future performance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your interview:

  • Create a list of your academic and professional experiences that best demonstrate your skills and abilities; successes and challenges make good illustrative examples.
  • Think about your previous job responsibilities, your experience with internal and external clients, and any special projects that you have worked on; be ready to quantify your answers where applicable.
  • Use this three-step process when crafting your answers: explain a situation, the behavior you demonstrated, and the resulting outcome.
  • Be detailed and specific with your answers, while limiting tangents; recruiters will ask for more details when needed.
  • Practice your answers to help recall your past accomplishments with confidence.
  • Listen carefully to each question. If you are unsure, ask for clarification to ensure you share the most relevant story.

Case Interview

» Download a practice case.

A case consists of an interactive discussion about a business problem, during which you are asked to analyze the situation, identify key business issues, and discuss how you would address the problem.

  • Ensure you understand the case and ask clarifying questions, if necessary. Personal experience with the case content may cause you to ask many or few questions, and it is acceptable either way.
  • Do not overuse case frameworks or outside industry knowledge; this is a discussion, so expect reactions from the interviewers.
  • Test conventional wisdom and consider alternative approaches.
  • Demonstrate comfort with numbers and share your in-the-moment calculations.
  • Summarize each step in the analysis, and clearly articulate assumptions or conclusions you have made.
  • Know that your approach to the case is more important than identifying a specific solution.

Digital Interview

Digital interviewing, also known as video interviewing, is a modern and secure way to present yourself using a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. Some candidates may receive an e-mail from a CEB recruiter with a link and instructions to submit a digital interview.

  • Conduct your interview in a quiet, distraction-free environment.
  • Utilize the practice questions to become comfortable with the technology.
  • Be aware of your non-verbal communication throughout the video recording.
  • Take the digital interview just as seriously as a face-to-face one.
  • Review the behavioral interview questions and tips above.