Utilize helpful preparation strategies and practice to make a great impression at your next interview.
Preparing for an interview takes time, dedication, and practice. View our Interview Preparation Guide for more information to help your interview go smoothly. For tips on what to wear to a professional interview reference our Interview Attire Guide.
Whether your interview is in person or virtual, for a job or for graduate school, preparing can be difficult. Big Interview is a resource that can help you work through your verbal and nonverbal communication so you are ready to make your best impression. Big Interview will give industry-related advice and an opportunity to put it into practice. Malone Center Career Advisors can help you determine how to best utilize Big Interview and provide critiques of your practice interview recordings. (Furman alumni can use this Big Interview link).
There are many different types of interviews depending on the position and industry. Make sure you are preparing for your specific interview situation. Check out our resources for the different types of interviews so you know what to expect.
Phone & Virtual Interviews
Phone interviews are usually the first step in the recruiting process. It is also sometimes called a “phone screen.” The conversations are usually 30 minutes to 1 hour long and consist of more general interview questions. The interviewer will want to hear more about what is on your resume along with a few examples of your past experience. Prepare for this as you would a normal, face-to-face interview.
Virtual interviews are becoming more popular with employers. It’s an easier, cost-effective way to evaluate candidates who may not be able to visit in person. There are a lot of extra dynamics to consider as you prepare for a virtual interview. Read our Virtual Interviewing Guide for tips on lighting, staging, and virtual etiquette.
Sample General Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- What do you consider to be your greatest strength/weakness?
- Why do you want to work for this organization?
- How does this position align with your career goals?
- How do you handle stress?
- How did you decide on your major?
- How did you decide to attend Furman?
- Describe your most significant accomplishment.
It is important to follow up with the company after your interview. Send a thank-you email and/or note the same day with specific things you appreciated about the company and individuals you met. If they choose to move forward in the hiring process they will likely ask for your references. Read our Requesting Recommendations Guide to learn how to format your references page and how to keep your references in the loop.
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