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Speed Mock Interviewing

Spring Semester: March 30, 2017
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Floor Lobby

Registration Required. 

Take part in a mock interviewing event done in a speed dating format with Viterbo alumni and area professionals.  Practice your interview skills for internship or job search. Enjoy free hors d'oeuvres and network with area professionals who hire people like yourself.

  • Business casual or interview dress required.
  • Registration is  limited. 
  • Register online via your Career Connect account, which you can access at from the career services homepage.  If you have questions, visit the Career Services office (MRC 374),  email careers@viterbo.edu., or call 608-796-3828.  

Practice before the event on Interview Stream software, which allows to your practice answering common interview questions, record your questions and answer session, and then view your recordings

Before the Event

  1. Know what your are going to wear.  This is not a blue jean, T-shirt, tennis shoe event.  Take a look at some information about business casual dress and some images of business casual dress.  
  2. Review basic interview guidelines found by clicking on the Interview Resources button on the left side of this page.  Interviewers are going to be looking for professional demeanor, substantive answers (include examples, details, and depth in answers), and descriptions of your  marketable qualifications. Be sure you can clearly articulate this information.
  3. Think about how you would answer some of the typical interview questions:
    1. Tell me about yourself.
    2.  What led to your interest in this field?
    3. How have your education and other experiences prepared you for work in this field?
    4. If you were the employer filling this position, what would you be looking for in the successful candidate?
    5. Why should we hire you instead of the other people we are interviewing?
    6. How would your most recent supervisor you have worked with describe you?  How would your co-workers describe you?
    7. What are your strengths?  Weaknesses?
    8. Tell me about an accomplishment you are proud of.
    9. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    10. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    11. Which classes or clinicals did you like least/most in college and why?
    12. Did your grades adequately reflect your full capability?  If not, why?
    13. Tell me about a time you used good problem solving skills.
    14. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  4. Practice verbalizing a few answers to interview questions, as there can be a significant learning curve between knowing what you want to convey and being able to articulate it in a logical, coherent, persuasive manner.  If you're not sure about how to answer some of the predictable interview questions, check out the websites listed below:
                       Interview Questions and Answer
                      
    How to Answer 10 Tough Interview Questions 
                       Ten Tough Interview Quesions and Ten Great Answers
  5. Know how to answer behavioral questions, such as "Tell me about a time you demonstrated good decision making skills" or "Tell me about a time you had conflict  with a peer.'" One formula for answering such questions is to use the acronym STAR in formulating your answer.  An explanation of that acronym is outlined below:

          Specific Situation
          Task or Challenge
          Action You Took
          Results--what happened and what you learned         

        Questions about the event? 
      Call Career Services at 608-796-3828.