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Mock Interview

A great way to improve your interviewing technique is to practice. The Career Center offers mock interviews to help you prepare for your next interview by practicing with a career counselor. A Mock Interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview. The Mock Interview will help you to learn what is expected in a real interview, and how you can improve the way you present yourself. Career counselors are available to role play the interview process and provide valuable on-the-spot feedback on all aspects of the interview process. Many of the questions you will be asked are general interview questions from actual employers. The Mock Interview and critique will last approximately one hour. The Mock Interview may be recorded for you to review your performance (student must provide blank cd or flash drive to save interview).

The Mock Interview focuses on how well you know yourself and your past experiences, how well you know the industry you hope to enter, and how well you can convey that information. You will gain the most experience from your Mock Interview, if you treat it like an actual interview. The Mock Interview is a safe place to practice your interview skills and gain feedback.

The Mock Interview Program is designed to help you:

  • Practice interviewing
  • Develop interviewing strategies
  • Reduce your anxiety and nervousness before your actual interview
  • Create a good first impression
  • Communicate your skills clearly
  • How to answer difficult questions

How do I prepare?

  • Dress professionally
  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Review appropriate material, (skills, type of work, particular employers)
  • Be prepared for situational questions like, "Tell me about a time that you had a serious disagreement with someone on your work team, how did you handle the situation?"
  • Remember to smile

In most job interviews, or even at a career fair, a question employers always ask is, "Could you tell me about yourself?" This question can throw you off if you are not prepared. Fortunately, there is a simple and almost fool-proof method to handle this challenge: a 30 to 60 second commercial about your-self. It is a snapshot of you and the qualities you would bring to the job. It should contain some basic components, such as: type of job you are seeking, education and training, experience in the field, strengths and skills related to the job you are seeking, why should you hire me?

Things to remember:

  • Tone of voice
  • Demeanor
  • Eye contact
  • Knowledge of the company (this will strengthen your statement of why you should be hired)
  • Practice (in the mirror, on video, or with another person)

To schedule an appointment for a Mock Interview please call Career Center at (323-415-4126).