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Interviewing

Being a strong interviewer is a necessary skill to meet with success throughout your career. Interviewing is an integral part of the internship and job search process and is often required for admission to graduate and professional schools.

The Career Development Center can help you:

  • Identify and articulate your workplace strengths and transferable skills
  • Prepare for the interview process through knowledge and practice
  • Research career fields and employers and graduate programs
  • Create a personal brand that sets you apart from other candidates

 KU Resources and Services

Interviewing Successfully Guidebook
Pick up or download this guidebook which will help you develop your interviewing skills and prepare for the most integral part of the job search process. 

Successful Interviewing Info Session
Attend an info session to learn how jobs are WON in interviews. Find out what you must do before, during, and after your interview.  Learn what to bring with you, including your questions for the employer. Discover how to eliminate surprises, reduce anxiety, and to analyze your strengths and weaknesses.  Give yourself the advantage over the competition!  See Schedule of Events for dates.

Interview Practice
Making a good first impression is essential for a strong and successful interview.  The CDC provides the opportunity for you to practice for job interviews through face-to-face and electronic means.

      • Face-to-Face Interview Practice - Each semester the CDC sponsors Mock Interview Mania week for juniors and seniors to practice interviewing face-to-face with an employer.  Students are interviewed for approximately 20 minutes and then spend another 10 minutes receiving tips and feedback for improvement from the employer.  In order to participate you must sign-up for a Mock Interview through KUCN.  It is recommended that you prepare by reviewing the Interviewing Successfully Guidebook.  Click here for dates and deadlines.
      • Online Interview Practice - Using a webcam and microphone, you can practice interviewing online, record your practice interview, and submit it to the Career Development Center for review and feedback through KU Career Network (KUCN).  Please keep in mind that the turnaround time for this service varies depending on current volume. To get the most from this service, please review the Interviewing Successfully Guidebook prior to logging onto KUCN
Getting Started

Prepare your Introduction and Share Your "NEWS"
You will be called on to introduce yourself at interviews, job fairs, and other networking events.  It is important that you can not only shake hands properly, but also summarize your skills, accomplishments, and goals in a short conversation referred to Sharing your "NEWS".  Learn more about Sharing your NEWS.  Learn more about "The Art of Handshaking" here.

Invest in Professional Attire
While your attire won't necessarily win you a job, appropriate attire supports your image as an individual professional and demonstrates that you understand workplace etiquette and industry expectations.  Click here for more information on professional attire.