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Center for Career Readiness

Interviewing

A great resume will help you get a foot in the door, but how well you handle the interview will determine if you actually get the job. So, how are you going to ace the interview to get the job? With preparation and practice!   

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are must-have tools in your job preparation. Fine-tune your interviewing skills via a practice Skype interview with a member of our staff. Requests must be made five workdays in advance of the date you are requesting. 

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Interview Essentials 

An interview is your opportunity to articulate your skills, abilities, and accomplishments that best match the attributes of an ideal candidate the employer is seeking. Advanced preparation, practice, research, and understanding the interview process are keys to your success. It’s important to understand the actions you’ll need to take before, during, and after your interview to ensure that you’ve done your best.

Types of Interviews 

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

  • 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 such as 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. 

Follow Up After an Interview

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.