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Additional Interview Resources


  • Phone screenings are generally the first phase in the interview process after you've applied for a position. If you're using a cell phone, make sure you're in an area with good reception.
  • Find a quiet space where you can do your interview. 
  • For virtual interviews, be mindful of what the interviewer will see behind you. Consider using a virtual background if necessary. There are also spaces on campus (e.g. library, Seaver Career Center, etc.) that may have space for you to use for your interview. Please be sure to check ahead of time for availability.
  • Have some water nearby in case your throat is dry or you get a tickle.
  • Have you notes in front of you and organize the information so you're not fumbling through papers or open tabs on your computer.
  • Use pauses effectively. Rather than wondering what your interviewer is thinking, use the silence to ask a question. This can also help you learn more about the position.
  • Practice virtual interviews with a specialist in the career center, a mentor through PeppConnect, and through LinkedIn's Interview Preparation tool.
  • Do not miss or be late for your interview. If you are unable to get to your interview on time, contact your interviewer immediately to let them know. If you fail to show up for a scheduled interview, you may not be able to reschedule with that employer.
  • Notify the other companies you interviewed with that you have offers to clarify the timeline of their decision.
  • Once you've accepted an offer, do not continue to interview with other employers. Reneging on an offer reflects poorly on you, your fellow Waves, and the University.