• Career Development Center

  • Practice Interview FAQs

    Who are the interviewers?
    Will I be interviewing with someone who is in the field of my interest or major?
    How long is the interview?  
    I did a practice interview in the Fall or Spring. Do I have to do it again?
    Can I do more than one interview? 


    All of our interviewers are volunteers. Many are Hamline alumni or community members who represent different companies and organizations within the Twin Cities area.

    Who are the interviewers?

    We try very hard to find volunteers with a variety of backgrounds in order to give you experience interviewing with someone from your unique interest area. However, because students have such varied interests, it is impossible to meet everyone's needs. In order to get the best match possible, we recommend registering for the program early. Even if you don't get your ideal match, it is important to keep in mind that all of our interviewers will do their best to tailor the interview according to your interests. The practice and the feedback you receive will most certainly better prepare you for any interview situation.

    Will I be interviewing with someone who is in the field of my interest or major?

    The practice interview session is scheduled for one hour. The interview itself will last about 30 minutes after which time your interviewer will give you feedback on your performance and provide suggestions for how you might improve. In addition, he or she will review your resume with you and give you feedback on it as well. 

    How long is the interview?

    This is up to the discretion of the professor requiring the experience: the CDC simply coordinates the program. We strongly recommend having as many Practice Interview experiences as possible – continued practice just makes you a better interviewee! If you are concerned about having to participate in the program again, or find that you are being required to participate by multiple faculty in a semester, consult with the professors who are requiring it of you. They may still require you to participate, or they may come up with relevant alternative activities.

    I did a practice interview last year. Do I have to do it again?

    Yes! However, there are a limited number of slots available. During registration week, students required to participate are given priority. We keep a waiting list at the front desk for students who are interested but not required by a professor to participate and for students who wish to complete more than one interview. If at the end of registration week there are slots remaining, we will contact the students on the waiting list in the order they were received.

    Can I do more than one interview?