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Interviewing

Few things create stress, anticipation, and fear quite like the prospect of an interview. Take a deep breath, relax, and concentrate on how to sell yourself most effectively.

An interview enables an employer to evaluate a candidate's personality, qualifications, non-verbal communication, punctuality, and general appearance. An interview also enables an employer to ask specific questions and observe a candidate's responses in a high-stress situation. You not only need to show the employer that you know about the job and the organization, but that you are someone they want to work with and that you will represent the company well.

Yes, you must take the time to prepare in advance for each interview to increase your likelihood of receiving an offer. Practice is key. Find a friend who will provide you with honest feedback or schedule a mock interview with the Career Center.

Tips to Ace Your Next Interview

How to Ace a Video Interview

Many employers and recruiters now use video interviews. Sometimes video interviews are brief, timed recordings that ask candidates to answer general interview questions, and sometimes these are video meetings using Skype or other platforms.

  • Dress like you were interviewing in person. Your camera will be focused on your waist up, so plan your outfit accordingly.
  • Make sure you've chosen a background that's free of distractions, and location that's quiet and well lit.
  • Check your technology ahead of time. Test your setup with a friend the day before your interview to familiarize yourself with the process, and bring chargers for all of your devices.
  • And always remember to look at the camera - not yourself on the screen!

Interview Practice is critical

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Big Interview is an online system that combines expert training AND AI-based video practice (available 24/7) to help improve interview techniques, build confidence, and learn how to get inside the head of any interviewer and prove that you’re the candidate they’re looking for. Colorado College Career Center is pleased to pilot this training system in 2021 to help prepare you for traditional and virtual interviews for all experience levels, dozens of industries, and graduate school admissions.
 
Features of the platform include:
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them. 
  • The ability to rate and share your recorded interview answers for feedback.
  • A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job, negotiating a job offer and salary, and transitioning successfully to the workplace.
  • A step-by-step interview “Answer Builder” for crafting answers to behavioral questions.
  • and more.

Visit Big Interview today to get started!

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Last updated: 01/18/2021