How to: Give a winning interview
As graduation looms on the horizon, the Career Center is offering mock interviews to help students prepare for their future.
By participating in mock interviews, students will have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to give a winning interview.
Career development coordinator Pam Santamaria works with students on their career goals.
“As advisers, we can help students and guide them and give them feedback,” Santamaria said. “We can help them maximize their answers and target their answers for the position they are interviewing for.”
Last semester, the Career Center asked for student feedback on their experience with mock interviews. Out of all of the answers, 100 percent of students said that mock interviews were beneficial to them.
Before coming to GC, academic advisor Teddy Ivey participated in interviewing applicants at several companies.
With this experience, he can tell students what qualities hiring managers are looking for during an interview.
“They are looking for people who are being honest, people who avoid canned answers [or stereotypical answers], and they are looking for people who have done their research on the company and job they are interviewing for,” Ivey said.
While Ivey touched on what to do, Dwayne Peterson, assistant director of the Career Center, talked about what not to do during an interview.
“It all comes back to being unprepared,” Peterson explained. “So, being unprofessional, not taking it seriously and giving off an impression that you are disinterested.
Students will learn more tips and tricks like this during their mock interview session. Mock interviews will be held on April 19 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Career Center.
GC encourages students, especially juniors and seniors, to start preparing for an interview because the more students practice, the better they will be at interviewing. The mock interview process allows students to see their strengths as well as what they need to work on to achieve a successful interview.
“Students don’t want to realize they are not good at interviewing while they are in the middle of one,” Santamaria said.
After hearing from the experts, here are eight steps students should follow to win an interview.