Practice before it really matters (this will be mainstream during the year of covid and beyond)… 

Note, it is my understanding that these robot interviews are simply being used to weed out students.  Also, that does not mean there is anything wrong with you if you do not get a face to face and/or onsite interview with a hiring manager.  These robot interviews often simply are trying to develop a psychological profile of you and hence the weird questions.  Some of these questions might be:  what was the first thing you did this morning? or what would you do if you saw someone bleeding heavily at work?  The companies that use these might be trying to see if their corporate culture is a good fit for your profile.  So, do not take the results personally, but learn as much as you can and get better at them (because they are not going away).  The website below is actually a very good link for that purpose.  

WMU has a service through Big Interview that has students get real life practice interview that get recorded and submitted. (I believe this is similar to Hirevue). Students can practice with Big Interview and come talk to a career advisor for advice! Seek out the same at your school.


A lot of companies are using HireVue software for interviews. It seems like it is simply a bunch of preloaded questions.   

How do I prepare for HireVue? 

Here are a few tried and true HireVue interview tips. 

  1. Do your homework. Know what’s on the internet about both you and the company. …  
  2. Practice and prepare. Think of your digital job interview like a performance. …  
  3. Keep calm. Treat your digital interview like an in-person event. 

What does HireVue do? 

HireVue is an enterprise video interviewing technology vendor that allows recruiters and hiring managers to screen candidates and conduct live interviews over the Internet. 

What questions are asked on HireVue? 

By HireVue Team 

  • Tell me a little about yourself. …  
  • What are your long-term career plans? …  
  • What made you leave your previous job? …  
  • Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses. …  
  • Why do you want to work here? 

Here are the top four tips for doing a HireVue interview: 

  1. Maintain eye contact in front of the camera as if you’re speaking face-to-face with a person. 
  2. Make sure to enunciate your words and try not to stutter or have long pauses. …  
  3. Don’t forget to keep it natural. …  
  4. You have to dress appropriately. 


Here is a helpful guide from our top paying recruiter ($77K)…

From a current student:
Hello Sime, 

I thought I would send this your way as you said you have a ton of students asking about the HireVue and in general virtual interviews. 

I was reading up on how HireVue works and apparently it analyzes your movements as well as eye contact and tone to score you. I also found a link that has most of the commonly asked questions from HireVue that the University of Duke did a study on. I will attach the article and paper so that you can maybe use this for future reference and assist other students in their interview. I am going to take my interview tomorrow and I will let you know what I think of the process and how it goes.

From a former student: This post is super important! From past experiences I’ve noticed when using the STAR method that employers are looking for number outcomes in the result stage. Using numbers and data can help you stand out and will also provide more stories to share. An example of this can be, I developed a process to simply the steps to take for these hot products and upon completion I was able to reduce waste (movement) by 23% and on time completion by 21%.

From a student just recently: When xxxx interviewed me for the second time, they used the STAR technique. My question was “Give an example from your work experience for which you had a goal that needed to be reached and how you motivated your fellow coworkers to work towards that goal”.


More feedback from another student:

XXXX HireVue interview

Hello Sime,

I just got done with the XXXX interview through HireVue and I don’t think it went too bad. It was 6 questions long and for each question you get 30 seconds to prepare and then 2-3 minutes to respond. They also give you 3 tries to redo your response so if you don’t like your first time through with the question you can redo it twice after that.

I found the 30 seconds to not be enough time to properly think through some of the questions but if you answer the first time and then remember the question you can technically get unlimited time to prepare for the last 2 times you answer the question which is what I did for a couple.

They also asked a very specific question about a time I had used data to influence a decision or someone which has me believe they are really looking for someone who is data driven. All of the questions were STAR except the first one which was tell us about yourself and why you want to work at XXXX. Overall not a bad experience and was actually pretty easy.


Note: Problem-solving is the #1 sought after skill (used to be leadership). (see Elon’s resume)
Here is an alarming statistic…
Nearly a third of all supply chain processes are inadequate, according to research from Crimson & Co. Covid kind of brought this front and center. 

Problem solving has kept moving up and is now number one! It has actually passed leadership. What is ranked #6 (answer: leadership)? Why do you think this keeps dropping in the rankings? What is ranked #5 (answer: technology, and it keeps rising)? 

Note, this study is for all majors, employers, jobs, and college grads. You could make the case that your supply chain education covers all the bases for career readiness.

Match my article up with your resume. Does your resume sell the skill sets that employers say they want most? Note, employers do not actually want to see the words “problem-solving” and “leadership” on your resume. They want to see deliverable examples of actions and results.

Please contact me for more material. Thank you.  Sime

Dr. Sime (Sheema) Curkovic, Ph.D., Professor, Operations/Supply Chain
Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business


“WMU Integrated Supply Management (ISM)…Nation’s best undergraduate SCM program (Gartner); 2nd in SCM technology (SoftwareAdvice);  2nd in top global SCM talent (SCM World)”

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