It is not uncommon for candidates to get nervous before an interview. However, interviewing is a two-way street; it is an opportunity for you and the employer to get to know each other. The good news is that the more experience you get with interviewing, the less nervous you will feel. Like any other task you have mastered, interviewing is a skill which requires preparation and practice.

Live Interviews

What to Wear?

    Tips for professional dress:

    • Conservative, dark colored suit
    • Minimal jewelry
    • Conservative make-up
    • Cover tattoos when possible
    • Minimal perfume or cologne

Big Interview

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Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you're interviewing for a job or graduate school.

TROY Career Services introduces Big Interview, a wonderful tool for practicing interviewing skills, whether you are interviewing for a job or graduate school. Big Interview allows you to create videos while answering interview questions. You have the option to save your videos and email your best to TROY Career Services, a family member, or a person you know who is in a hiring position for feedback.

You can choose from entry-level sessions all the way to senior level interview sessions. Notice the expressions on the faces of the interviewers as you scroll through the various levels and categories. Choose from a variety of interviewer personalities that range from pleasant and friendly to stern and sometimes difficult. Select distinct categories of interview questions organized by experience, occupation or competency. Create an account in Big Interview today and sharpen your interviewing skills.

General – By Industry-By Competency – Admissions – Government – Veterans

Start with the practice section in Big Interview to experience all kinds of interview questions and practice until you become a pro. Use the Fast Track tutorial when you have an upcoming interview, or when you have more time, try the Mastery Track tutorial.

Create an account in Big Interview and sharpen your interviewing skills. Start practicing today! You will be amazed at how your interviewing skills will be enhanced.

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Phone/Virtual Interviews

Many employers will conduct their first round interviews via the phone or virtually using Skype or another online videoconferencing tool.

Some tips for a successful phone interview include:

  • Make sure you are in a quiet, comfortable environment where you will not be disturbed.
  • Have your resume, notes, job description, and employer research in front of you so that you can glance at them during the interview. Do not read anything verbatim to the employer, and try to minimize the sound of shuffling papers.
  • Smile! Even though the employer cannot see you, smiling can help you come across as personable and warm.
  • Some candidates find it helpful to dress professionally for a phone interview. Though the employer will not see you, it can be helpful to dress as you would for an in-person interview.
  • Be prepared for pauses and silences. If there is an extended silence in between questions, you can ask confirming questions. Comments such as “Was my answer clear?”, or “Would you like me to elaborate more on that?” can help you and the interviewer connect and thus provide you with important feedback.
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Restaurant Etiquette

Here are some tips to consider during the lunch/dinner interview:

  • Demeanor, language, and behavior should all be 100% professional.
  • Brush up on current events (world, sports, UNC) so that you can converse intelligently during the meal.
  • The meal you order should be in the mid-price range; not the most or least expensive item. You may want to ask the interviewer what he/she recommends on the menu to get a gauge.
  • Do not appear too indecisive or overly particular when ordering.
  • Avoid items that are challenging or messy to eat, such as pasta or dishes with a lot of cheese. Cut large sandwiches in half to make them more manageable.
  • Even if the employer is drinking alcohol, it is advised that you refrain from doing so.
  • If the service is slow or the food is not exactly how you ordered it, avoid complaining or making an issue of it. The point of the meal interview is for you and the employer to get to know each other, and for him/her to see how you conduct yourself in a social setting.
  • Be prepared to pay for your own meal, although it is customary for the employer to pay for the meal. Make sure you show your appreciation.

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