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"My goal was to see where I was at in terms of interviewing skills and improve upon that. I felt that I achieved that because I learned important skills and techniques that interviewers are looking for"
"My personal goals were to be confident, engaging, and articulate and I excelled at these according to my interviewer"
"I really like the Practice Interview Program. I thought it was an easy process that allows for self reflection and knowledge about interviewing""It was a valuable chance for me to ask the interviewer about their impressions of me and my interview style""I liked that this program offers students the chance to learn about the proper interview process"
The Practice Interview Program (PIP) began as a voluntary program in the Fall of 2003 with 57 students and has evolved into a required program that takes place twice a year and now serves 300-400 students annually. PIP is a collaboration between the Career Development Center, faculty, alumni, parent and employer volunteers, whose purpose is to provide students the opportunity to practice and develop interviewing skills essential for success in today’s competitive job market.
Faculty identify the class(es) in which a practice interview would be most beneficial and require those students to register. Students who are required (by faculty) to participate sign up for a one hour practice interview slot, submit a resume, and select a job, internship or graduate school program description for which they would like to interview. Volunteers ask the student interview questions, assess their performance and provide both verbal and written feedback on the student’s performance and resume. Each interviewing session lasts approximately 50 minutes. During the first 20-30 minutes of the session, volunteers interview the student. The remainder of the session is spent on feedback. Students and volunteers are (whenever possible) matched by major and/or career field.
Based on student evaluations, PIP is having a significant impact on improving students' interviewing skills, their sense of career and vocation, and appreciation of the skills they are developing in their major. Students are able to better articulate how their liberal arts education and skills will serve them in their chosen professional setting. PIP is also a wonderful way for students to connect with Hamline alumni and employers to begin building their professional network.