Practice Your Interview Skills

Practice job interviews before they take place is a smart strategy. Interviewkey
Job interviews used for training purposes go under the name mock interviews. It’s an ideal way to practice for job interviews because you’ll learn what to expect in a real  situation. The interviewer will provide you with constructive feedback and you’ll be able to modify your responses and interview behavior if necessary.

Careers Service will provide you with the opportunity to interview with a professional recruiter in April 2014. For more information and for signing up, please visit Future Finder. The event will be held twice: In Swedish April 3rd and in English April 24th.

How to prepare for a mock interview
Be sure to take your interview as seriously as you would an actual interview. Get ready for the interview just as you would for an interview with a hiring manager:

  • Arrive a few minutes early, and bring your resume and any other materials you would bring to a real interview
  • Bring a notebook to take notes on what your interviewer tells you
  • Dress in professional way, as you would for a real interview (By dressing up, you’re putting yourself in the frame of mind to take the mock interview seriously.)

Interview questions
Your mock interviewer will ask you a number of questions. Often questions are general and the type of questions you can expect in the first interview round.
You can also do mock interviews with friends and family. In that situation you have to put together a list of questions for your mock interviewer to use.

What are some of the benefits of a Mock interview?

  • It helps you reduce the stress about interviewing
  • You are provided with constructive feedback that will help you understand what you need to work on
  • Prepare you for tricky interview questions
  • Help you identify your strengths and weaknesses

Even if you think your interviewing skills are at a high level take it’s still a good idea to practice. There are always things that we can learn and improve on when it comes to making a great impression on a prospective employer!

Good luck with preparing for your mock interview!

 

Thank You!

With the 2013 fall semester soon coming to an end, we decided to seize the opportunity to thank those who contributed to our career workshops and activities this past semester!

We held a total of 12 career workshops over the course of the past 3 months, where we invited and had 23 guest speakers on board to hold these workshops for our students.  Our guest speakers came  from employers such as Dreamwork Scandinavia, Academic Search, EON, roi:recruit, TNG Group, YouCruit and Joblink, etc.,  and they brought with them a wealth of knowledge and information which they in turn shared with our students in order to better help equip them for their current and upcoming job searches.  Additionally, we internally held 11 CV workshops during this time-frame.  The students who attended our workshops ranged from bachelors to masters students coming for various programmes across the university, such as English Studies, International Relations, Computer Science, Leadership for Sustainability, Interaction Design, Public Health, etc.

On Tuesday of this week, we invited all of our guest speakers to join us for a thank you ‘fika’, and the day after, we had a similar event for the students who had actively participated in our workshops this past semester.  Our guest speakers and students were given the opportunity to mingle with one another, and we in turn received useful insight and feedback on the services we provide.  This will only help us better service our students in the future!

Karriärvägledare/Career Advisor

Annie Schreiter & Peter Martinsson our students in the future!

We can now wrap up and end this semester knowing that we have all expanded our network of contacts, we’ve become more knowledgeable about the job search process, and we can look forward to the year to come.

Happy holidays to all, we look forward to a successful and promising 2014!

Annie & Peter, Careers Service