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Interview Preparation

Utilize helpful preparation strategies and practice to make a great impression at your next interview.

Interview Preparation

Preparing for an interview takes time, dedication, and practice. View our interview preparation guide to help your interview go smoothly. For tips on what to wear to a professional interview, reference our interview attire guide.

Big Interview

Big Interview is a resource that can help you work through your verbal and nonverbal communication skills so you are ready to make your best impression in an interview. 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 offer constructive criticism on your practice interview recordings. (Big Interview for Furman Alumni)


There are many different types of interviews depending on the position and industry. Make sure you prepare for your specific interview situation.

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 generalized interview questions. The interviewer wants to hear more about the experiences on your resume. Prepare for this as you would a normal, face-to-face interview.

Virtual interviews are now commonplace with many employers. There are many additional 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.

Following Up

It is important to follow up 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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