Formal Interviews

Congratulations on making it to the interview stage of your job search. The interview provides an opportunity for you to exemplify how your skills and experience benefit the employer. As well, you want to make sure this job is the right fit for you. Here are some strategies to help you prepare for your interview and make a great impression:

Interview Preparation

Research

  • Research the specific company you’re interviewing for. Look up the company’s website & social media for recent news. Learn about employees using LinkedIn. Additional resources via connectSC (CareerBeam, Vault and Candid Careers).
  • Review different types of interviews.
  • Look up potential interview questions on sites like Glassdoor and review common interview questions. In the connectSC “Resources” tab, CareerBeam’s “Getting the Job” tab and Vault’s “Resumes & more” section includes resources for company research and interviewing.

Get Ready

Get ready for your interview day and prepare the following items:

  • Professional Attire
  • Extra copies of your resume
  • Padfolio
  • Directions to your interview site and plan accordingly for your commute

Practice answering interview questions with the following resources:

  • connectSC Mock Interview module
  • Practice interview questions using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) Technique to highlight your accomplishments and quantifying your results.
  • Schedule a mock interview appointment with a career counselor via connectSC.
  • Notice your nonverbal behaviors as well. Make sure you have:
    • A firm handshake
    • A positive, confident attitude. Smile during your interview!
    • Strong eye contact with your interviewer(s)
    • Good posture

After the Interview

  • Reflect on the interview experience. What did you do well? What would you like to improve on?
  • Follow-up with employer within 24 hours via email or mail a Thank You card.
  • Follow-up based on hiring time frame.

Your Second Round Interview

Congratulations, you made it to the second round! Prepare for your second round interview similarly as your first round. Consider the following tips:

  • Reflect on the first interview.
  • Incorporate information from the first round interview.
  • Share your accomplishments through storytelling. Use anecdotes and examples to demonstrate how your past work qualifies you for this position.
  • Prepare to answer potential salary questions. Review sites such as Payscale, Salary.com, Glassdoor, and O*Net Online. Since an offer isn’t being made yet, you can simply provide a preferred salary range or politely defer salary questions until an offer is made.