College is a time when getting that “dream job” starts to become more of a reality and less of a distant dream.
A tool that looks to help students work toward that goal is Mock Interview Day, offered by Career Services. The event, which takes place today in Webb Hall, will allow registered students see what a real job interview could feel like. The event’s goal is to improve the self-presentation and confidence of participants, as well as highlight their strengths and weaknesses in the interview process.
“I think it would be smart to do a mock interview, even though I am just a sophomore,” said Carrie Kellie, sophomore marketing major.
June Coleman, director of Career Services, said the dynamics of each interview are adjusted to meet the criteria of the specific field where students want to find work after graduating.
“If you are interviewing for a position that requires solid presentation and communication skills, a candidate might be asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation on a particular topic for the interview,” Coleman said. “If the position works with multiple departments, the interview might include meetings with each of those departments.”
The mock interview allows students to gain confidence when they walk into a room of real employers.
“The program helps students experience a traditional behavior-based interview and gives them practice in that setting,” Coleman said. “The recruiters conducting the interview will give the student feedback on their interviewing skills, as well as their résumé.”
Juniors and seniors who are able to venture out into the “real world” are the main audience Career Services had in mind for the event, but freshmen and sophomores are also welcome. Maddie Potvin, freshman marketing major, found helpful advice and tips from the office’s counselors via their other services.
“Career Services helped me update my résumé and look for a job that could work with my classes,” Potvin said.
Career Services offers extra support for students looking for jobs by updating résumés and assisting undergraduates in finding jobs on-campus and off-campus. Job searching strategies, internships, part-time employment and career counseling are also available.
Today, Career Services will host their fall Career and Graduate School Fair from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Webb Hall. The Mock Interview event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge on the second floor of the Memorial Union.