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By the end of this meeting, the student will be able to explain what makes an interview effective and identify strategies for effective interviewing.

Possible Pre-work

This time can be focused on what to expect in an interview.

To prepare, think of an interview you had and write down what it was like (such as questions asked).

If you haven't interviewed before, write down how you think you'd feel in an interview, and what questions you foresee being asked during an interview.


  • Share your list of interview questions and what you’re most concerned about during interviews.
  • Discuss the process of making this list. Why would someone ask the questions you wrote down in an interview? Are some questions harder to answer than others?


Discuss a few things that make a difference in an interview:

  • Body language (make eye contact, no slouching, etc.)
  • Preparation (researching company/industry, bringing a resume, etc.)
  • Confident speaking (slow vs fast speaking, eliminating ‘um’s’ and ‘uh’s’, knowing in advance what you want to say, etc.)
  • Tips to make you stand out (sending thank you notes, recognizing people on the team before coming in for a meeting)
  • Active listening (interviewing is a two-way street. You come to learn about them just as much as they come to learn about you, so that you can determine how you can help them)

Possible Activity: Interviewing Role Play

Now it’s time to practice!

  • Choose your roles: who will be the interviewer? The interviewee?
  • Role-play an interview with common questions asked in a field of your interest. Please see resources at the bottom for some industry-related questions and some more general questions.
  • Be sure to practice your response for questions you might receive but not know the answer to. These situations can feel intimidating, but when you practice your response it can get easier over time. Remember: when you don't know, express curiosity and a commitment to seeking answers!
  • Switch roles!
  • Practice as many times as needed.


What are the takeaways?

  • What do you feel better about now than when you started?
  • What pieces of the interview process do you want to work on between now and your next interview?
  • Summarize how interviewing effectively can make a difference in the internship/job search.