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Prepare for Interviews

Behavioral. Case. Technical... 

You name it, and there's an interview style to match. Today's candidates need to be prepared to succeed in multiple interview settings. 
Practice makes perfect, so contact the CCD to schedule a mock interview. Our team can coach you through various interview scenarios as well as connect you with industrial professionals for additional guidance. If you need to prepare for a pre-recorded interview, contact Sarah.Glenn@mail.wvu.edu or Ashley.Lesnick@mail.wvu.edu for access to our new practice platform, JOBMA.

Case Interviews Pre-Recorded Interviews Technical Interviews


Some interviews take place over lunch or dinner.  Brush up on your dining etiquette

Craft Compelling Answers

Want to tell a potential employer that you’re creative? A problem solver? Flexible?  Well-worn phrases won’t help you get the job, but concrete examples will! Also see STAR Method.

Don’t say  
The story you need to tell 

Highly qualified

Highlight your accomplishments in previous jobs. Emphasize your specific skills and note any certifications you have earned.

Hard worker

Explain exactly how you've gone the extra mile for your job. For instance, did you regularly meet tough deadlines, handle a high volume of projects, or tackle tasks outside your job description?

Team player

Provide examples of how you worked with colleagues or individuals in other departments to meet an objective or complete a project.

Problem solver

Highlight a difficult situation you encountered and how you handled it.

Flexible

Describe how you responded to a major change at work (or in your schoolwork) or dealt with the unpredictable aspects of your job.

People person

Can you offer examples of your strong communication skills? Can you describe how you’ve worked with co-workers and customers?  

Self-starter

What can you contribute immediately to the company or to the department you work in? Describe how you took action when you saw an issue that needed to be fixed.

Courtesy of the  National Association of Colleges and Employers.