5 Things We Learned at CRC’s Mock Interviews

The Career Resource Center held its annual “Meet Your Future” mock interviews from Monday through Friday last week, and students jumped at the opportunity to put their interview skills to the test in front of real employers. The volunteer interviewers asked students the tough questions, but also gave some great advice for students to consider when preparing for real interviews. Here are five takeaways that students took from the experience.

Breanna Jackson ‘19 — “I learned that a lot of information that we have does not necessarily fit with what the interviewer is looking for. So always take time to know the company, or job that you are trying to get, so you know how to answer directly.”

Austin Leatham ‘20 — “I interviewed with two different agencies. The main takeaway I learned from this entire process was that you can be too rigid, or not relaxed enough within the interview to project confidence. Being too rigid actually projects the opposite of confidence; it shows that you are in fact being overly nervous. I also learned that a lot of companies strictly adhere to the traditional business attire of white shirt, tie, and jacket.”

Marshall Keenan ‘19 — “When I first walked in to my interview, I subconsciously apologized for my appearance; for looking a little rough, not getting a haircut. And they told me that even if you are rushing or late to your interview, or you don’t think you are looking your best, don’t draw attention to it. Because then they will start analyzing you, when they may not have even picked up on it in the first place. That’s something that, in all my interviews, I had never even considered.”

Jocelyn Valenzuela ‘19 — “[At the end of my interview], I asked them about a behavioral question that they had asked me. I asked, ‘what if I have never experienced something like that before?’ They told me to make something up. They said to never leave the question [with a blank answer]. Honestly, I was shocked.”

The Pacifican (Zach Withrow ‘18) — Try to prepare for every eventuality. I went to my interview in a full suit and tie, only to find that my interviewer was not feeling well and would be conducting the interview over the phone. It was a little bit of a curveball, but I think it was actually good for me. I have gone through in-person interviews before, but never a phone interview. Also: never forget the name of your interviewer!

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