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Preparing for Interviews

Do you ever feel like there are some things you just can’t prepare for? If you do, you're not alone.  A quick Google search on things that are impossible to prepare for yielded quite a list including: taking the polar plunge in 32 degree water, what stinky tofu tastes like, and LeBron James. It’s a fact that some things will come up in your life that make planning difficult. Thankfully, job interviewing is not one of them.

The fact is, there are so many basic patterns and standard questions in interviews that there's really no excuse to walk into one unprepared. All you really need to do is learn the typical questions/question types you may be asked and then practice. One of the best resources ECS has to help students in their interview preparation is Big Interview: an online mock interview tool available to registered students, acccessible through CareerEngine. Here are a few benefits to using Big Interview:

  • A virtual experience of an actual interview
  • The convenience of practicing anytime and anywhere
  • Question sets that are specifically tailored for engineering students
  • The ability to watch yourself after completing a module
  • The option to request feedback from an ECS career advisor

How it works: In order to use Big Interview, you first need to be registered with ECS. After that, just login to CareerEngine and select "Big Interview" on the right sidebar labeled "Shortcuts." Treat your mock interview just like you would the real thing. Remember there is more to interviewing than words so you will want to pay attention to your non-verbal communication as well (tone, facial expressions, nervous habits).

With Big Interview, you should certainly be able to walk into an interview prepared for the questions you'll be asked. Take advantage of this resource and many others through your ECS CareerEngine account. As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with an ECS advisor to discuss your job search. 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” 
-Abraham Lincoln

About the author

Caleb Craft

Caleb Craft was a previous Graduate Administrative Associate at Engineering Career Services.