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Practice the Interview

Many techniques can be learned and refined through practice. With practice, you can develop confidence and poise handling interview questions. A video-taped mock interview with our staff can provide you with feedback on body language, eye contact, and other subtle distractions, and help you with responses to those challenging interview questions. Mock interviews are a way to both practice and receive feedback in a safe, supportive environment.

A mock interview will help you:

  • Know what to expect on a real interview
  • Learn more effective ways to answer different types of questions
  • Become more comfortable and confident during interviews
  • Have successful real interviews

Practice interview steps:

  • Call the Career Development Center to schedule a mock interview. Tell the receptionist what type of mock interview you are scheduling (one for a job/internship, for graduate school or medical school)
  • Choose a position-of-interest to focus on during your interview, which is usually an internship, job or seat in a grad/professional program.
  • Bring a copy of your resume, along with a description of your position-of-interest to your appointment. If you are practicing for a graduate or professional school interview, it is helpful to email your personal statement to at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment.
  • Before your interview, review your resume and research the employer or graduate program. Please prepare for this interview as you would a real interview.
  • Mock interviews generally last 45-50 minutes. For scheduling, please visit or call our office.