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Northwest Missouri State University

Mock Interview Day 

Wednesday, February 22 2017
                            Student Union, 3rd floor                            

 Sign Up:

Begins: TBA
Ends: TBA (Or until all slots are filled)

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.


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Why participate...what’s in it for me?

This event will offer over 250 mock interviews to our 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 perspective 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 our students by helping them develop stronger interviewing skills.

How do I sign-up?

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.

What time does the event begin and end?

Registration is from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  The interviews begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.  The day also includes a networking lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. with faculty and staff.  Refreshments will be available during breaks and throughout the day.

Day of the event

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.

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.

Candidates / Students

Why participate, what's in it for me?

The benefits of mock interviewing include the opportunity to:

  • Receive constructive criticism and feedback from an industry professional
  • Reduce your anxiety and help you preview any areas of weakness that may arise during the interview
  • Familiarize yourself with the interview experience and to recognize the areas in which you excel
  • Make an investment in your future to ensure you are prepared for a real interview when the time comes
  • Meet contacts and network with employers within your industry of interest



How do I sign-up?

To reserve an interview spot, log-in to Hire A Bearcat during the sign up period.   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 now for best availability!

Sign-up in Hire A Bearcat requires:

  1. Completing the profile section (includes User Agreement compliance under the Privacy tab)
  2. Uploading a resume
  3. Choosing an employer
  4. Selecting an available interview time slot


  • Your resume CANNOT be switched out after it has been attached to an interview schedule. Do not upload a rough draft or an incomplete document.
  • We monitor uploaded resumes carefully to ensure employers receive quality documents. We reserve the right to remove anyone from an interview spot if their resume is not complete and accurate.



What if there are no employers for my major?

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 are going to ask a variety of interview questions ranging from general to behavioral based, are you ready to answer them?



When does sign-up end?

Sign-up closes on a set date and time 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.

How many interviews can I sign-up for?

Students are limited to one interview until Monday, February 13.  Starting Tuesday, February 14 students may sign up for a second interview with a different organization.  Those that exceed the number of interviews allotted will be removed from all but one spot at the discretion of Career Services.



How do I prepare?

  1. Research the employer you have selected
    • What services/products does the employer provide/produce?
    • Have there been any articles about the employer in magazines (Fortune 500, Best Companies to Work For), newspapers, or on the Internet?
    • Where is the employer located? How many employees?
    • How old is the employer and is it expanding?
    • What career opportunities are available?
  2. Consider the types of general interview questions that will potentially be asked and prepare answers. Create a list of questions (at least three) to ask for the employer
  3. Create a list of questions (at least three) to ask the employer.
  4. Select appropriate interview apparel and try it on, at least one week in advance



What happens if I miss my interview?

I understand that if I violate the Cancellation/No-show Policy for any scheduled on-campus interviews, I must write a letter of apology to the employer and deliver the letter to Career Services within one week of the missed appointment. I will be considered a no-show if:

  • I cancel a scheduled mock interview less than two full business days in advance of the event (cancellation deadline: Sunday, Feb. 19)
  • I do not show up for an interview

If you fail to submit the letter, your Career Services account and campus recruiting privileges will be revoked. These privileges may be regained only after a personal appointment with the Career Development Coordinator – Employer Relations in Career Services.



How do I prepare?

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.



Day of the event

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.  

What employers are interviewing?