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Interviewing

Whether on the phone, virtual or in person, the interview is your opportunity to seal the deal and land the opportunity of your dreams. The first impression you make is essential to your being chosen to fill the open position. Interview preparation and practice are the most important steps you can take to ensure a positive interview experience.

Types of interviews

Learn about the different types of interviews.

Common questions

See our list of common interview questions.

Thank-you notes

Check out tips for writing thank-you notes and emails.

Have an interview coming up?

Practice with one of our career advisors by scheduling a one-hour mock interview. We'll help you prepare to answer interview questions and offer tips to help you make an excellent impression.

Please email a copy of your resume and the job description to the advisor you are meeting at least 24 hours before your mock interview.

Schedule a mock interview on Handshake

Prepare for the interview

The interview is your opportunity to share how your skills and experiences have prepared you to be successful in the role you seek, and an opportunity for the employer to sell you on the company. Interviews take practice. You’re much more likely to see a good outcome if you prepare beforehand.

Nearly all interviews contain two parts: questions about your past experience and situation-based questions to gauge your fit for the position. Afterward, you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions of the interviewer. 

Here's an overview of what to do before, during and after an interview:

Do your research

Before the interview, conduct some research on your career field, the potential employer and the position you are interviewing for.

Know the interview style

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

Practice makes perfect. Practice your answers before your interview. Whether on the phone, virtual or in person, the interview is your opportunity to seal the deal and land the opportunity of your dreams. The first impression you make is essential to your being chosen to fill the open position.

Be on time

Few things can ruin an interview faster than showing up late or showing up unprepared. Always plan to arrive a few minutes earlier than your scheduled interview just in case there are any issues.

Be prepared

What to do during the interview

What not to do during the interview

InterviewStream

Check out InterviewStream ahead of your next interview. It is an unlimited virtual mock interview program that also provides a behavioral interviewing guide while you prepare.

Please note: If you are unable to access the InterviewStream platform for any reason, please reach out to us at careers@vcu.edu, or you can schedule a mock interview with one of our career advisors on Handshake.

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