Ohio University Office of Career Services

Mock Interview Program by Christy R
April 18, 2011, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Career Resources

Mock Interview Program

In addition to all of the services that the Office of Career Services offers, the Mock Interview Program exists to strengthen students’ interview skills. Regardless of the career path they choose to follow, sooner or later every student will face an interview.  The goal of the program is to help students prepare for a full-time job, internship or grad school interview. It aims to enhance their interviewing skills and become a better interviewee. The mock interview is tailored to the major, education and job experience as well as to the job description that the student is asked to provide.

There are two types of mock interview that you can take at the Office of Career Services: (1) face to face and (2) phone interview. The latter is shorter with the feedback given directly over the phone. Both types of interviews are evaluated by the interviewer who provides you with advice on how you can improve your interview skills.

To fully benefit from the program, you need to take the mock interview seriously and make sure you are prepared for it. That means practicing your answers to some standard questions in advance and coming to the interview prepared to concentrate on really listening to the questions. Be sure to wear professional attire—it will be expected of you at an actual interview so get used to it now. Treat it like the real deal and do your best—that’s the only way to find out your true weaknesses.

The Office of Career Services website offers great resources that you can use to help prepare for the interview. Pay attention to the job requirements and types of skills the job requires. Tailor your résumé to fit the position and don’t include information that’s irrelevant to the job you are seeking to get. Do your research and figure out what kind of interview questions you’re likely to be asked (general, behavioral…) and practice your answers for every type. The handout library on the Career Services website  is a great tool to help you with this.

At the end of the interview the interviewer fills out an evaluation paper that focuses on the areas that you can improve upon. It will also highlight the strengths that you showed during the interview and the areas that you need to stress when doing your interview. The interviewer will diagnose what type of questions you struggle with and provide you with tips to make your answers flow and sound organized.

You can schedule a mock interview on the Office of Career Services website.  You will need to:

  • select at least two day and time slots when you are available for interviewing;
  • email or bring to the Office your résumé and job description.

Once you schedule the interview and receive the confirmation e-mail from the Office, you can start getting prepared for it right away!

—Written by Anna Morlang, CareerCATS Coordinator for the Office of Career Services


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