The University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships will hold Mock Interview Day on Friday, Feb. 3. Mock Interview Day, hosted annually for more than 10 years, provides students a valuable opportunity to practice their interviewing skills with experienced recruiting professionals from the Charlotte business community, giving them a job search skill boost in a tight economy.
UNC Charlotte provides a quality education and honing your interviewing skills reflects well on you and the University.
Representatives from organizations such as Bank of America, Microsoft, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Time Warner Cable, and Vanguard are scheduled to interview students. Each student who participates will spend half an hour with a designated representative answering questions similar to what that employer would ask in an actual interview. The employer will then critique the student’s interviewing skills and provide suggestions on how to improve for future job or internship interviews.
Equipped with advice from the “real” employers, students who have participated in previous Mock Interview Days have reported feeling more comfortable with interviewing. They also have a better understanding of the preparation required to have a successful interview.
Because the interviews are for practice purposes, students are not required to have an interest in working for the organization for which they interview. However, by providing this training opportunity for students, employers that recruit UNC Charlotte students get to increase their presence and visibility on campus. With almost 80 percent of last year’s professionals giving students high ratings on verbal communication skills, it also showcases the talents of students who may be interested in future employment.
Enrollment is open now for undergraduate and graduate students; sign up through the University Career Center’s NinerJobNet database. Sign-ups will continue until all slots are filled. Students are required to dress professionally and are encouraged to prepare appropriately for the interview. The University Career Center offers a number of resources, both online and in the Career Resource Library, that feature sample interview questions, tips for answering them effectively, and even a way to practice informally via webcam technology.