Best Practices

What is the purpose of an interview?

“Job interviews provide an opportunity for you and your potential employer to decide how well your skills align with the company’s needs.” 

Source: Dowd, Mary (2018)


Generally speaking, please name at least three ways to prepare for an interview.

Review HireSmith materials, schedule mock interviews (Quinncia and with OCS), practice with family and friends


What are the two platforms that can help you prepare for interviews?

HireSmith and Quinncia


What are some industries that may utilize case interviews?

Management Consulting, Finance, Data-driven roles, etc.


Please walk me through how you can use HireSmith to prepare for a case interview. Please be specific!

Resource Library>Search "case interview">Review each folder and material>Apply your knowledge with a mock interview (not required for this answer)


Name three areas of preparation for video interviews that DIFFER from in person interviews

Find a professional setting with good lighting and WiFi, turn off your notifications, use a fully charged laptop, test the platform prior to the interview, join on time and use the mute button


T or F: Interviewers are solely for the interviewer to find out if your skills align with the company and its needs.

False. It is an opportunity for YOU to also decide if they align.


Name at least one of the sources you can review for case interviews.

McKinsey and Deloitte website


What are areas of preparation for phone interviews that are the SAME as in person interviews? Please name at least two.

Conduct research, active listening, smile, tone of voice


What can a phone call interview also be known as?

A screening call


Name at least two skills that should be presented in a group interview.

teamwork, communication, and confidence


What are some of the best practices for a group interview? Please name three.

Avoid overpowering the conversation, allow your peers to speak, be yourself, practice active listening, and refer to what other members said


What exact percentage of employers use virtual interviews (2021)?



Name at least three skills that you should present in a case interview.

problem-solving, strategic thinking, creativity, and adaptability


Please verbally explain what would be included in a thank you email.

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

It was very enjoyable speaking with you today about the analyst position at XYZ Bank. The opportunity seems to be an excellent match for my skills and interests. The wide range of industries and product groups the company is involved with confirms my desire to work with you.

In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to the position strong analytical skills, assertiveness, and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively with the department.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for your organization and look forward to hearing from you regarding this position.

(Leave 4 spaces to sign name) Name (Printed)
Email Address

Source: Office of Career Services, Robert H. Smith School of Business