Students are able to practice interviewing skills either through an in-person mock interview at the Career Center or by utilizing Interview Stream, virtual interview software.
Conduct an In-Person Mock Interview
Mock interviews are conducted by Career Specialists to simulate as much as possible the conditions of an actual employer interview. During or after the mock interview, the Career Specialist will provide the student with coaching and feedback. Each student will receive a copy of his or her mock interview to review.
Schedule a Mock Interview
Please call the Career Center at (657) 278-3121 to schedule your interview. Appointments are made on a first come, first serve basis. No same day appointments will be accepted.
Please call the Career Center at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule appointments.
No later than one business day before the mock interview, the student must email the following items to the Career Specialist with whom they are meeting. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the mock interview.
- Cover letter
- Position description for which they want to practice
Students should prepare for the mock interview and arrive 10-15 minutes early. Students should be dressed in interview attire and bring a resume and portfolio with notepad/pen for notes.
Prepare for a Mock Interview
Students should prepare for their mock interviews as they would prepare for a real interview including:
- Review the position description thoroughly.
- Brainstorm examples that demonstrate how their background meets the position qualifications.
- Practice responses to potential interview questions.
For additional strategies, please review the Interview Tips section and read the “Competencies for a Successful Interview and Frequently Asked Interview Questions” in the Career Center Career Guide. Career Guides are available at the Career Center in Langsdorf Hall 208 (LH-208).
Interview Stream allows students to virtually practice and prepare for interviews on a 24/7 basis on or off campus through their student portals.
Benefits of using Interview Stream include:
- Customized interview questions for major(s) and fields of study
- Ability to practice an unlimited amount of times
- Option to share recorded interview with faculty, advisors, and more
- Expert video advice and tips on interviewing
If you need assistance with any aspect of this service, please contact the Career Center at (657) 278-3121.
What if I don't have internet access or need a private space, and want to use Interview Stream for a virtual mock interview?
Please contact the Career Center at (657) 278-3121, and we will schedule a private room for you.
How can I request a review of my virtual interview?
Please schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist to review your mock interview.