Professional Development Topics ➜ Crushing Job Interviews

Title & Content Type Due Date
Pre-meeting Assignment

Select 2 job postings or job descriptions of interest to you that include a detailed description of the roles and required skills for the position. 

  • What more can you learn about the position and the company from the company’s website and other online sources? 
  • What are some ways that your values, skills, and interests match up?
  • What sorts of challenges might arise? What obstacles may you have to navigate in the position?
  • Identify 1-2 goals you aim to accomplish through this mentoring engagement.
Pre Meeting After -2 Days
Meeting One - Conversation Starters
  • What are some ways that your values, skills, and interests match up with the job descriptions you’ve gathered?
  • What are some good strategies for responding to the question, “tell me about yourself” during an interview?
  • What’s the most surprising, difficult, or challenging situation you’ve experienced during a job interview? How did you handle it?
  • What are your top 5 Do’s and Don’ts for job interviewing?
  • How do you handle nervousness when interviewing for a job?
Event After 0 Days

Browse/review interviewing resources/guidance provided through your college’s Career Center. 

Read the Indeed article on How to Use the STAR Interview Response Technique

  • Review the list of behavioral questions provided. While the phrasing of these questions may vary from interview to interview, the general intent of the question typically remains the same so it can be helpful to prepare your answers with that in mind. For example, the interviewer might ask about “a time you were under pressure,” or they might ask about “how you handle stress.”
  • Write down the various situations you’ve handled in your professional history that would display the sorts of strengths you’ll need to succeed in the role and that address some of the most common behavioral interview questions. Prepare each example using the STAR framework.
  • Practice talking through your answers out loud to make sure each story is as concise and coherent as possible. This will also help you feel more confident and natural when delivering the answers in an interview. 
  • Be prepared to talk through these situations with your mentor at your next meeting.
Submission Required After 11 Days
Meeting Two - Conversation Starters

Suggested mock interview questions:

  • Describe a time when you were under a lot of pressure at work or school. How did you react?
  • Talk about a time when you set and achieved a specific highly challenging goal.
  • Can you describe a time you worked with a team to complete a project? 
  • Share an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision. What did you do?

Following the mock interview:

  • What are some suggestions for improving my executive presence?
  • How could I have communicated my idea more clearly?
  • Does my communication style support the message I intended to deliver?
Event After 13 Days
Final Deliverable

Write a thank-you email letter to your mentor that details your thoughts on the following:

  • What you value/appreciate about and learned from the mentoring experience.
  • Your next steps for preparing for job interviews.
  • Two strategies you plan to adopt to hone your interviewing skills.
Submission Required After 18 Days
Meeting Three - Conversation Starters
  • What feedback can you the Mentor offer on the Final Deliverable?
  • What questions do you the Mentee have for the Mentor?
  • What are the next steps in continuing to develop the knowledge, skills, strategies, etc. you’ve been working on?
Event After 20 Days
Post-Engagement Survey

Mentors and Mentees please use the following link to complete the Post-Engagement Survey

Evaluation After 21 Days