By: UCC Career Coaches
Does the thought of interviewing make you sick to your stomach? Make you heart pump faster? Make you jump for joy or a mixture of all the above? It is quite normal to experience a range of emotions before an interview. Interviewing does not always have to be stressful and the best way to counteract all those feelings is to be as prepared as possible. Luckily, the University Career Center is here to help with practice interviews!
Practice makes perfect
You do not want the first time you practice an interview to be the real deal. Complete a practice interview using this FREE resource from the University Career Center - InterviewStream
InterviewStream provides you with the opportunity to participate in a practice interview and to see and hear yourself online. Using a webcam, you will be able to simulate job interviews by responding to pre-recorded interview questions and practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. You can select a preset series of questions or create your own series from thousands of questions organized by category. All interviews are immediately accessible online for you to review and seek feedback on your performance. If you want to discuss your interview with your Career Coach in the University Career Center, you can schedule an appointment and share the link with your coach. You will leave the appointment with more experience and feedback to enhance you skills towards making a lasting (and awesome) impression!
Interview Cheat Sheet
Here are some important details that you will want to remember, have prepared and ask for your next interview:
Who, What, When and Where
Seriously – make sure that you know who you are meeting with (name, title, and contact information) before you get there. Know where you are going and be sure to be there early (within 5-15 minutes) before your scheduled interview time. You will also want to have done your research on the company/department (culture, products, accomplishments, status in the industry, goals, news/press, etc).
Know your Elevator Pitch
like the back of your hand. What is this? This is a simple formula for answering, “Tell me about yourself.” Do not be that person who goes on for 20 minutes telling them about yourself! Your response should be structured around the present, past, future.
Present – talk about what you are currently doing (school, internship, and working), the scope of your experience, and perhaps a recent accomplishment.
Past – tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention experience that is relevant to the job and/or organization.
Future – segue into why you are interested in this gig and why you are a great fit!
Be prepared to share accomplishments and skills relate to the position and also why the position excites you.
So do you have any questions for me?