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NC State Participates in Mock Interviews 

07-02-2016 13:03

In January, the North Carolina State University student chapter held a mock- interviewing workshop for its student members. Five professionals from the parent chapter participated as mock interviewers. Each professional interviewed two students and provided feedback on interviewing skills, resumes, and professional attire. Students were able to give each other feedback as well.

Upon completion of the mock interviewing session, professionals and students reconvened to discuss the interviewing process. One question that students had was "what are you looking for in an interview?" The professionals agreed on that the following characteristic are often sought in interviews:

  • Business orientation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Knowledge
  • Enthusiasm
  • Professionalism
  • "fit" - values, complexity
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Dedication to profession
  • Flexibility
  • High performance
  • Transferable skills

Students learned that use of behavioral interviews, multi-level interviews, and non-verbal signals were indicators used to assess the above characteristics.

Students also learned how to avoid some common interviewing mistakes. Following are some tips to remember:

  • Mention class names (i.e. "Staffing") instead of numbers ("BUS495T"). Students have the tendency to give examples about situations in classes and refer to it by the number. While this makes sense to students and professors at the university, it means nothing to an interviewer.
  • Eliminate nervous habits. Twitching your feet, cracking knuckles, or twirling a pen indicate that you are nervous and do not convey a professional image.
  • Write a thank-you note. This will give you a leg-up on other students. All of the interviewers commented that they rarely receive thank-you notes from applicants. Demonstrate your good manners and your genuine interest in the position by sending a note after the interview.

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