An interview is a structured conversation between you and an employer where you ask each other questions to determine if you would be a good fit for the job. There are two main pieces of information an employer wants to get during an interview:
1. Why you want the job
2. Why they should hire you
All the questions the employer asks during the interview are designed to get more detailed information about these two things. So, to have a successful interview, you must convince the employer of these two things. In addition to your qualifications, the interview is about determining if you will “fit” into the organization.
Interviewing with confidence
Being prepared will give you the confidence you need to successfully highlight your skills and accomplishments during the interviewing process. There are multiple ways for you to brush up on your in-person or video interviewing skills.
Schedule a practice interview
Through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network, we can connect you with an alumni volunteer or professional in your field that can simulate a job or internship interview and provide one-on-one guidance. Practice interviews generally last about an hour and will mimic similar conditions you may encounter during a real interview. The ASK Practice Interviews are offered on a by-request basis via depaulasknetwork.com.
Click here for tips on how to search for and request a practice interview with an alumni volunteer.
Conduct a video mock interview
InterviewStream is a video mock interview system that allows you to practice common interview questions on your computer, laptop or mobile device anywhere, any time. You can choose from over 25 mock interviews created by the Career Center, or select your own set of questions. There’s no limit on the amount of interviews you can take. Afterwards, consider conducting a self-assessment or asking for feedback from the Career Center. Get started with this Student User Guide and create an account today.