Interviews, whether for an internship or a job, can be stressful. But there are ways to manage that stress and prepare yourself before going into an interview.
Kerrie Keller, executive director of the Career Center, said she recommends preparing answers to questions beforehand.
“Do an inventory of your experiences and think about experiences that go beyond your resume,” Keller said.
Many employers use a behavioral style of interviewing, believing that your past behavior will predict your present behavior. Keller said interviewers will want you to be specific, and inventorying your experiences help with that.
The Career Center offers multiple online resources for preparing for interviews. There is a resume and interview guide, as well as an interview preparation guide.
They also utilize the Big Interview platform through the Career Center, which offers video tutorials and virtual interview practice software. You can review videos of youself in a mock interview and even send it to a career counselor who can meet with you to discuss it.
Different academic departments may also host mock interview clinics to help boost interview skills. Employers and professionals may even help conduct these mock interviews. Check out the Career Center’s website for a complete schedule.