Interview Preparation

Yow only have one opportunity to make a great impression.

Practice Your skills with Big Interview

(Perfect) Practice makes perfect

Practice Interviews with Career Services Advisors

Be sure to schedule a live or virtual practice interview appointment with a Career Services advisor.

Big Interview Virtual Interview Practice and Preparation

Proven, step-by-step system for job interview preparation. When preparing for a job interview, it’s not enough to only read advice – you need to put that advice into practice! That’s why Big Interview isn’t just a training course. You’ll also get hands-on practice with mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job and experience level.

What are Behavioral Interviews?

Behavioral interviews look at past behavior to find indicators of how you will perform on the job. Behavioral interviewing focuses on a candidate’s past experiences by asking candidates to provide specific examples of how they have demonstrated certain behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. Answers to behavioral interview questions should provide verifiable, concrete evidence as to how a candidate has dealt with issues in the past.

Sample questions

6 Steps for Interview Preparation


Research the Organization

This will help you understand the products, services, and client base of the organization and make you stand out as a candidate. Utilize Handshake @ Illinois, the Company's Website and social media sites to learn about the company from different perspectives.


Practice Your Storytelling

Utilize the STAR technique to make sure your stories make an impact.  Following the STAR technique, write your stories down, including the situation, task, action and result. Then, practice saying them out loud several times, either by yourself or with a friend.  Keep in mind that your answer should only take about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. As you include each of the elements, try to be succinct.



Be at your best during the entire experience. You never know who is weighing in on the hiring decision.   Shake hands, smile and radiate your interest and enthusiasm throughout the interview.

Sit up straight, smile, establish eye contact, use a firm handshake, and listen attentively.

When an interviewer asks if you have any questions, the answer is YES. Asking questions is one way to show interest in the opportunity.


Review the Job Requirements

Be prepared to highlight how your skills and experiences make you uniquely qualified to join the team.    Follow this technique to understand how to read a job description and tailor your interview stories.


Plan what to bring and wear

Make sure you have copies of your resume and a professional padfolio and pen to take notes.

Dress professionally, ideally in a suit.

Dress for a virtual interview the same way you would for an in-person interview.


Follow Up

Find out next steps in the hiring process, ask for business cards, and e-mail a thank you letter within 24 hours.

Video Interview Tips