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Practice makes perfect

Looking to practice and improve your interview skills? Consider signing up for a mock interview with Career Services. We offer in-person, phone, and virtual mock interviews to get you ready for any interview that comes your way.  

What is a mock interview?

Practice does, in fact, make perfect. Our team of trained interviewers will actively interview you or review your recorded interview and provide constructive feedback on how you can improve. Our team can offer you interview prep in various ways:

  • In-person mock interviews
    Come to Career Services and meet with your interviewer to get the ultimate dress rehearsal for the real thing. 

  • Virtual mock interviews
    It's the new way to interview and we're here to help. Meet with your interviewer using a virtual platform and hone your skills in real-time.

Why schedule a mock interview? 

  • Practice your interview answers 

  • Receive feedback from trained peers and career services staff  

  • Practice interview questions related to your job/internship, industry, and/or grad school 

  • Obtain interview resources and material 

  • Opportunity to observe yourself in an interview situation 

About the Interview

Appointments range from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the type of mock you select. Your interview will be simulated to reflect an actual interview experience.  

  • Submit your resume and a job/grad school description/posting. 

  • The session will be recorded, and your responses will be discussed during the feedback portion of the mock interview. 

  • Mock interview requests need a minimum of 3-5 business days to schedule. Please allow enough time to process your request.

Schedule a Mock Interview

*** UPDATE FOR SUMMER 2022 (May-Aug), electronic scheduling through NLC for Career Services for the Mock Interview program will not be available.  If you would like to request a mock interview with one of our summer staff, please email our program directly at with your name, preferred timeframe, and phone number so that we may follow up.  

Please note that this service is available to current PSU students only.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact the office at 814.865.2377.

Prepare in Advance

Your interviewer will research the organization or industry that you are interested in interviewing with. Preparation on your end is key to make the experience worthwhile.

  • Know yourself. Identify strengths, weaknesses, and prepare to provide examples of your skills in action.

  • Research the organization and industry.

  • Dress appropriately for the mock interview - dress as you would for an actual interview.

  • Prepare to participate in a feedback session. Your interviewer will discuss your impression of your responses, the verbal content as well as the nonverbal communication in the interview.

Practice at Home

Create your own mock interview using your own computer. Use InterviewPrep to select questions, provide responses to interview questions, and view your interview for a self-critique after the interview.