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Enhance Your Interview Skills

Strong interview skills are valuable when applying for a job. Your résumé and cover letter might get you through the door, but a good interview can propel you further in the selection process. The resources on this page can help you prepare for an interview.

Professional Interview Expectations

Whether you are interviewing for an internship, a student job on campus, an entry-level position or graduate school, it's important to know about the interview standards and norms. Career advisors provide these resources to help you know what to expect.

General Interview Questions

General interview questions tend to be broad and assess your general knowledge, qualities and aspirations. Career advisors provide examples of general interview questions and how to answer them using the M.S.R. method.

Situational Interview Questions

Situational interview questions allow the interviewer to assess how you would handle a particular situation on the job. Career advisors provide examples of situational interview questions and how to answer them using the A.R.C. method.

Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interview questions allow the interviewer to ask about your past experiences and hear examples that demonstrate your character and abilities. Career advisors provide examples of behavioral interview questions and how to answer them using the S.T.A.R. method.

Closing the Interview and Following Up

The interviewer may have finished asking their questions, but it does not mean the interview assessment is finished. Career advisors provide examples of how to answer the closing question, "Do you have any questions for us?" and how to follow up after the interview.

Additional Support

Job Interview Practice

The Career Center provides an online job interview practice system that allows you to do mock interviews and receive AI-based feedback. You can practice common interviews in your industry/major or follow the interview online course training.

Log In: Job Interview Practice

Alumni should email the Career Center for the access code to the Alumni Login.

Career Advising

Career advisors and coordinators can help with self and career exploration, career planning, internships, career networking, résumé and interview skills, and employment searches. We offer group and individual appointments.

Connect with Career Advisors

Career Workshops

We offer workshops each semester to help you build your skills in interviewing for professional internships and careers. 

View: Career Center Calendar

Employer Events

Employers host events where you can learn more about how to successfully interview.

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