- Plan your career
- Discover who I am
- Learn about your personality, interests, values, skills, and abilities; start to define your career goals; and begin to shortlist your options
- Explore my options
- Learn how to conduct occupational research, options for studying and working, and trends in the world of work
- Choose my direction
- Learn how to evaluate your options, make a decision, and take action
- Achieve my goals
- Learn how to define and reach your goals through goal setting exercises, work and volunteer opportunities, extracurricular involvement, networking, and professional development activities.
- Join the workforce
- Learn how to write a resume, develop your interview skills, network like a pro, and find the hidden (and not-so-hidden) job market
- Continue to develop
- Learn about re-careering, relocating, leaving a job, losing a job, and professional development
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Prepare for an interview
Attend a mock interview at the SECC
Looking to develop and polish your interview skills? If you have little experience interviewing, have not interviewed recently or are nervous about the interviewing process, the SECC's Mock Interview Program can help. Interviewing skills are used for employment, graduate school admission, promotions, and even for volunteer positions. Interviewing can be daunting, but like any other skill, the only way to become better is to learn the basics, prepare, and then practice. The mock interview program gives students valuable insight as they prepare for an interview.
Please be advised that the SECC reserves the right to amend this schedule at any time without notice.
Online interview preparation
Interview Prep helps prepare you for even the toughest of interviews with real-to-life, multi-media interview scenarios that were developed by seasoned employment professionals.
Although not required, Interview Prep can be used in conjunction with a webcam, microphone, and speakers to record and replay your response to interview questions. If you do not have access to a computer that is equipped with these tools, contact the SECC to book a 45 minute time slot to use a room and computer at the SECC. If you're having technical difficulties, read the FAQ from OptimalInterview.
The interview is the single most important step in the job search process, therefore, thorough preparation is essential. The purpose of the job interview is to determine whether you are right for the job and whether the job is right for you. The interview also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about the organization/company and the position.
Some employers who post opportunities through the SECC also interview their selected candidates in the SECC's in-house interview facilities. If requested, the SECC assists those employers by coordinating their interview schedules on their behalf.
How do you know which employer plans to use this service?
If the SECC knows that a company has already pre-booked on-campus interview space, the planned on-campus interview date(s) will be listed on the SECC job posting. More often, however, there is no way to know whether an employer plans to use the SECC service or whether they plan to interview on their own. In general, companies that decide to interview through the SECC book interview space within two to three weeks after their application deadline.
How do you know if you have been selected for an interview?
Either the employer or the SECC will contact students who have been selected for an interview. Once contacted, the student is able to sign up for a specific interview time. If contacted by the SECC, please call us at 966-5003 during SECC business hours to book or cancel your interview.
What if you cannot attend the interview?
Cancelling last minute—especially on the day of the interview—does not reflect well on you or the University. If enough notice is provided, another candidate can be selected to fill your vacancy. Those candidates cancelling their interview are expected to notify the SECC of their cancellation and are encouraged to also follow up with the employer to thank them for their interest.
Check out the On-Campus Recruitment Guide for additional information on companies interviewing on campus.