Preparing for Interviews

While exciting, job interviews also require preparation. The Career Development Center (CDC) can teach you how to plan and practice for your job interview through appointments, workshops, mock interviews, and more.

  • Develop your “elevator pitch,” a concise introductory message about your professional self. It should take about 60 seconds to deliver, the time it would take you to ride an elevator. You’d use your elevator pitch at career fairs, networking events, and as a way to answer the popular “Tell me about yourself” interviewing question. Download the Elevator Pitch tipsheet (PDF) for more information.
  • Research your prospective employer using CDC and internet resources such as Glassdoor, the Gordon Library, and Handshake.
  • Understand the interview process by utilizing the Telephone Interview( PDF) and Interview Process tipsheets (PDF). You’ll find information on what to bring and wear, questions you may be asked, and more. You can also watch this technical interview panel video that includes samples and advice.
  • Record a practice interview using InterviewStream, a resource in Handshake which helps students and job seekers prepare for job interviews by creating a no-pressure environment to practice and develop their skills.
  • Schedule a InterviewStream Feedback appointment with a CDC staff member who will interview and record you before providing constructive feedback on how to improve your interviewing techniques. Schedule a InterviewStream Feedback appointment through Handshake.
  • Send a thank you note after the interview to help set you apart from other candidates. Download the Thank You Note tipsheet (PDF) for information on what to include in your notes, and when to send them.

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