Interviewing

While your résumé may get you an interview, it is the interview that gets you the job! Whether you are interviewing for a job, internship, graduate school, or other opportunity, the key to successful preparation is a thorough understanding of the position or program and how your personal interests, skills, and values align with it. The Center for Career Development offers numerous resources to help you prepare for a successful interview.


Practice Interviews

Make your best impression on an employer or program representative by participating in a practice interview at the Center for Career Development.

Practice interviews are designed to expose you to traditional and behavioral style interview questions as well as provide you with personalized feedback. Practice Interviews run approximately 45-60 minutes in length and can be completed either in-person or via Skype.

To request a practice interview, call or stop by the CCD to discuss availability, (860) 486-3013, Wilbur Cross room 202, Storrs campus.

Cancellation Policy: If you do not show up for your practice interview and do not call before 11:59pm the previous business day to cancel or reschedule, a charge will appear on your PeopleSoft account.


Interviewing Labs

The Center for Career Development offers Interviewing Labs. An Interviewing Lab is an open, 1.5-hour session that can accommodate up to 20 students at a time.

At each Interviewing Lab, there will be a brief 15-minute presentation to go over interviewing tips and strategies to start. Afterwards, there will be four stations staffed by members of the Center for Career Development staff that focus on some of the toughest aspects of interviewing that you can rotate through as desired, and you can leave when you’re done.

Check out the Center for Career Development’s Events Calendar to find out when the next Interviewing Lab will be. Registration for Interviewing Labs is not required.


Online Interviewing Resources

The Center for Career Development Professional Interviewing Guide is a comprehensive guide about interviewing covering topics such as preparing for an interview, common interview questions, and tips to succeed. This guide can be helpful to review prior to an upcoming interview to ensure you are fully prepared.

Big Interview is a virtual interviewing website that allows you to record yourself answering various interview questions with your own webcam. Big Interview can help you prepare for a virtual interview, which are becoming more and more common. Access Big Interview by visiting https://uconn.biginterview.com/ and clicking “Register” in the upper right-hand corner. Be sure to use your UConn email address to create an account.

More and more interviews are breaking away from the traditional in-person, one-on-one format. The Center for Career Development also offers additional information on some non-traditional interview formats, including all-day interviews, case interviews, ethical interviews, group and panel interviews, and virtual interviews.

Lastly, if your interview involves an aptitude test of any kind, PracticeReasoningTests is a website that guides you through ways to prepare for these tests and provides practice opportunities. They have practice personality tests, logical reasoning, inductive reasoning, verbal reasoning, psychometric tests, and more.


On-Campus Interviewing

The On-Campus Interviewing program provides students (both undergraduate and graduate) an opportunity to interview with hiring companies for internship, co-op, and full-time positions. Most interviews take place at the Center for Career Development on the Storrs campus during both the fall and spring semesters but are open to all UConn students from all campuses. Individuals wishing to participate in On-Campus Interviewing can begin the process at any time during the academic year by logging in to HuskyCareerLink to see which employers are coming to campus.