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• Begins: Monday, February 6, 2017
The goal of this event is to help our students gain interviewing experience by meeting face-to-face with real employers. Following the mock interview, the employers should provide students with direct feedback on their resume, interview responses and overall impression. We encourage employers to use their own interview format to make the mock interviews as close to a real interview as possible.
The event is located in the Union, 3rd floor from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Each mock interview session will be approximately 40 minutes, which allows:
In the event a Mock Interview Day employer cancels or no-shows, Career Services is not responsible for rescheduling employers or providing make-up interviews. Should the University be closed for some unforeseen reason, the event will be canceled and not rescheduled.
AdInk will be at the event to take professional portraits.
The benefits of mock interviewing include the opportunity to:
To reserve an interview spot, log-in to Hire A Bearcat between February 6 and February 17. All employer schedules are filled/reserved prior to the event on a first come, first served basis. There are no guarantees that any interviews will be available as the eligibility period comes to an end. Sign-up early for best availability!
Sign-up in Hire A Bearcat requires:
The employers that participate in this event understand that they may interview candidates with a variety of majors. We try to identify employers that would have opportunities for a diverse set of majors. Remember, this experience is designed to help you prepare and experience the interview process. Employers will to ask a variety of interview questions ranging from general to behavioral based.
Sign-up closes on Friday, February 17 or when all time slots are filled. There are no guarantees that any interviews will be available as the sign-up period comes to an end.
Students are limited to one interview through Monday, February 20. You may sign-up for a second interview with a different organization on Monday at 8 a.m.
The interview is one of the most important parts of your job/internship search. It will usually be the employer’s first chance to form an impression of you. Likewise, it is your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the right person for the job/internship. The employer wants to learn about you, your experience and qualifications. You will want to learn about the organization, the job opening and the duties/responsibilities of the job/internship. PREPARATION and PRACTICE are the keys to a successful interview. Preparation encompasses knowing yourself and your skills as well as an understanding of the position and the organization/employer.
Regardless of the format (phone/video or in-person, one-on-one or panel), most interviews take place in this common sequence:
|Information:||This includes introductions and a few minutes of small talk to set the tone of the conversation
to follow. Often includes a brief summary of organization and position.
|Qualifications:||Questions and answers about your qualifications for the position.|
|Conclusions:||Explanation of the next steps in the selection process.|
Arrive 10-15 minutes early to the Union, 3rd floor for your interview. Upon arrival, verify your participation by signing in at the Career Services table located at the top of the main stairway. You will be directed to your interview room. During the feedback section you will receive an assessment that will critique your overall interview impression.
Following your interview please visit the Career Services table to complete an online evaluation about your mock interview experience. Your feedback helps us to improve this event for future students and employers. We appreciate your comments.
|Mock Interview Day Employers
|Cerner Corporation||Business, Communications and Technical|
|Della Lamb Charter School||Education|
|Department of Social Services||Health and Wellness|
|Federal Reserve Bank||Agriculture|
|Hy-Vee||Health and Wellness|
|Independence School District||Education|
|Kansas City Public Schools||Education|
|Liberty Public Schools||Education|
|Lincoln Public Schools||Education|
|New Balance Commodities||Agriculture|
|North Kansas City School District||Education|
|Northwestern Mutual||Business and Communications|
|Omaha Public Schools||Education|
|Professional Employment Group||All majors|
|Sandhills Publishing||All Areas|
|St. Joseph School District||Education|
|Tall Oaks Camp & Retreat Center||Agriculture, Recreation, Natural Sciences|
|Velociti||Business and Communications|
|VML||Business and Communications|
This event will offer over 350 mock interviews to Northwest students and is a great way to get your company’s name and brand shared across campus. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet prospective students, promote your company, connect and network with faculty and build relationships throughout Northwest. This is not a recruiting opportunity. The event is designed to benefit students by helping them develop stronger interviewing skills.
We work closely with faculty and students each trimester to identify industries and areas of interest then connect with employers in those areas. This event is by invitation only, there is no online registration. “Mock” Interview Day is open to all majors and students, so we must select employers with a history of hiring diverse majors. If you are interested in participating, please contact Renee Riedel for more information.
Registration is from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. The interviews begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. We host a networking lunch with faculty and staff in our Union Boardroom to provide the opportunity to connect our campus community with you.
We encourage you to:
Check in with the Career Services registration table in the Union 3rd floor to receive your event folder. This includes your event agenda, student resumes, student assessment forms and information about Northwest. We will then show you to your room, provide an overview of the event and explain the layout of the Union to help you get acclimated.