Interviewing

You can look great on paper, but if you are unable to “sell yourself” to a prospective employer with enthusiasm and confidence during an interview, landing a job will be challenging. The Center for Career and Professional Development is here to help you with your interviewing skills. View the CCPD Interview Guide for tips more information.

In addition to this guide, we offer mock interviews and mock phone interviews during scheduled appointments with Career Coaches. You can schedule online through Handshake

Online Interview Prep

We also have an online resource for interview prep called Big Interview. Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school. You can access Big Interview with your @kzoo.edu email address. Alumni also have access to Big Interview, please contact the CCPD at Career@kzoo.edu to request the Organization Code and login.

Using Wisr for Mock Interviews with Alumni

Alumni also are a great resource for practicing your interview skills, especially for industry specific interviews. Currently there are more than 200 alumni in Wisr who have offered to provide virtual mock interviews to students! 

If you’d like to practice interviewing with an alum, just follow these steps:

  1. Create a profile in Wisr (kzoo.wisr.io)
  2. Look for alumni with whom would like to schedule a practice interview: See: https://kzoo.wisr.io/search?volunteer_items%5B0%5D=76&member_types%5B0%5D=52
  3. Click “Schedule a Call”
  4. On the Requesting a Call page: 

Don’t select an agenda template. Instead copy, paste and adapt this agenda:

Hi [[insert ALUM NAME]], 

I’m a [[senior, etc.]] at Kalamazoo College studying [[insert MAJOR(S)]] and am interested in [[insert DESCRIPTION OF CAREER INTERESTS]]. 

The Center for Career and Professional Development at K recommended that I reach out to you to set up a practice interview. 

Please let me know if there is a time in the near future that works for you. 

Thank you in advance!

[[Your Name]]

Interview Attire

The CCPD highly encourages all students to have appropriate interview attire for their industry. Often, even when you wouldn’t wear a suit to work, that level can be expected for an interview. If you are concerned about cost, please see Finding a Suit for Less for tips.