A mock interview will help you prepare for future interviews and increase your confidence in your interview skills. The mock interview is two parts; a simulated interview between yourself and a career educator, which can be recorded and shared with you, and a debrief to get constructive feedback and tips for improvement. We can practice with you just to practice, or to help you prepare for an actual interview.
We offer mock interviews to prepare students for not only an interview for a job, internship, co-op Practicum, research position, or other work-type experience, but also to those interviewing for admission to medical, dental, graduate or other professional school programs and to those going on a case-style interview.
Scheduling a Mock Interview
- Current students, alumni, and post-docs should log in to their Handshake account to request an appointment. All currently enrolled students and alumni who graduated May 2016 or later already have a Handshake account that is tied to the network-ID version of their CWRU email address. Alumni who graduated prior to May 2016 and post-docs will need to request a Handshake account, which will be reviewed within three business days of request.
- A previously reviewed resume or CV, a copy of your graduate or professional school essay, and/or a position or program description can be helpful in guiding the interview. Please upload these to your Handshake account at least two business days prior to your mock interview.
- In the scheduling notes, if you have an actual interview coming up, let us know with what organization, for what position, and on what date.
- If you have particular questions that you would like to practice, please also share that in the notes.
- Given the intention to simulate a real interview, we recommend that you "dress to impress," though this is not a requirement.
- Bring what you feel is necessary for the interview. It's standard to take a copy of your resume or CV and cover letter, something to write on, and something to write with.
Preparing for Your Appointment
- We are pleased to offer Big Interview preparation software. Features include video and written curricula so you can learn the best ways to prepare for and respond to interview questions, as well as practice and perfect responses to interview questions (think: "Tell me about yourself").
- Brush up on your resume, cover letter, and any career assessments you've taken. You should be prepared to talk about your interests, values, skills, and competencies.
- Look over the Career Search Guide for interviewing advice.
- Review the company or school's website, annual reports, and recent news articles about them. You can learn much about their mission, philosophy, products and services, what they value, and how you might fit, by doing this.