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Speed Interviewing and Networking

IUP’s Speed Interviewing and Networking program is open to all students for the purpose of advancing their professionalism and career preparedness. We piloted this program during the Fall 2010 semester and received rave reviews. We conducted three events for the Spring 2011 semester with each one focused on specific academic majors.

The program is much like the concept of speed dating. Speed Interviewing and Networking is a simulated interviewing experience for students that is followed by an opportunity to network with professionals and peers. The format involves 10–20 IUP undergraduate students circulating through 10–20 interviewers (professionals), spending about five minutes per interviewer. Each professional serving as an interviewer is provided one question that s/he will ask each student throughout the event. The interviewers remain seated at the interview tables and the students circulate from one interviewer to the next. The interviewer asks the student a question, listens for the answer, and provides feedback to the student. When it’s time for the interviewee/student to move to the next interviewer, a bell sounds signifying that time is up. Interviewers and interviewees are invited to remain after the interview portion of the event to enjoy light refreshments and some informal networking.

All events are scheduled from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center. Space is limited to 20 students for each session, so registration closes once that number is reached. You can register by contacting the IUP Career Development Center at 724-357-2235 or by stopping by 302 Pratt Hall. Please contact Jeana Hoffheins ( if you have any questions.

Fall 2012 Speed Interviewing Date is Thursday, November 8, 2012


  • E-mail your resume to by Tuesday, November 6, 2012. This can help give the employers who are interviewing you a basis for their questions.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early.
  • Career and Professional Development Center
  • Pratt Hall, Suite 302
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2235
  • Fax: 724-357-4079
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.