Mock Interviews

  • Don’t be the person who leaves an interview saying, “If only I knew . . . the right words to say . . . Or, how to have answered the questions being asked and how to compose myself after stumbling through a response . . . I could have landed that job!” Instead, be proactive and schedule a mock interview today. 

    The Career and Professional Development Center provides practice employment interviews in a simulated office environment or via Skype for a small fee. The interview allows you to practice several behaviors such as answering tough interview questions smoothly, how to dress for an interview, recognizing body language, and practicing manners and eye contact. 

    The interviews are recorded so that visual feedback can be provided during the interview session. Mock interviews are conducted Monday through Friday during the semester and may be scheduled by visiting or calling the Career and Professional Development Center in Pratt 302. Once an appointment is scheduled, a résumé, cover letter, and job posting must be submitted at least two business days before the scheduled interview. 

    Spring 2020 Mock Interview Instructions

    Mandatory Information Sessions

    • Monday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room
    • Tuesday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room
    • Friday, January 31, at 1:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room 

    1. Pay for your interview on IUP’s Marketplace,
      • Go to Marketplace and click Add to cart, fill out necessary information, follow directions, and save the confirmation email.
      • Students may use an e-Check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.
    2. Students can sign up for an interview from Monday, February 3, through Friday, February 21, 2020. The Career and Professional Development Center is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    3. Students will upload a draft of their résumé, cover letter, and a job posting or graduate school information at least two business days before the interview date on the Career and Professional Development’s D2L page.
      • The job posting should be one that the student believes they would be qualified for upon graduation and can be printed from Handshake or a similar website.
    4. Students should access the Career and Professional Development Center course on D2L and read the Mock Interview Program Guide and review all materials. You are responsible for all posted information about preparing for your mock interview. 
    5. Students will select a date for their interview. Interviews take place between Monday, February 17, and Friday, April 24, 2020.
    6. Students are required to take the Employer’s Corner Video Quiz on D2L prior to their interview (no re-takes!).  D2L quizzes are due on Sunday, March 1, 2020, and are required for academic credit.
    7. If interview date or deadlines are missed, $20 will be charged for the make-up date.
    8. The etiquette dinners will occur on Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (students will only need to attend one dinner), beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Sutton Hall Blue Room.

    Mock Interview and Etiquette Meal Policies: Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions

    Refund Policy

    The Career and Professional Development Center does not refund mock interview and/or etiquette dinner purchases. 


    If the fee was paid and the class subsequently dropped before the drop/add period for the semester was over, the student may contact the Mock Interview Program coordinator for permission, and then contact the Bursar’s office to request a refund for the purchase. The Bursar and/or the Career and Professional Development Center have the right to refuse a refund at any time, and refunds will not be permitted after the drop/add period is over. 

    Sign-up Policy

    Students will be given information at the beginning of the semester via information sessions and/or online via the Career and Professional Development Center D2L page for the mock interview and etiquette dinner sign-up process.

    It is the student’s responsibility to access and follow directions for signing up for mock interviews and/or etiquette dinner.

    Students must sign up for a mock interview and/or etiquette dinner within the specified time period during the semester/session.

    Document Submission Policy

    Students must submit all required documents (example: résumé, cover letter, job posting) for their interview by the specified date on the Career and Professional Development Center D2L page. Should students fail to submit their documents in the specified manner and by the specified due date, they will forfeit all associated points for their mock interview grade. The interviewer may, however, still critique the documents and give feedback regardless of the date submitted. 

    No-Show Policy

    Students must appear at the Career and Professional Development Center (for in-person interviews), answer the designated phone (for phone interviews), or respond via Skype at or before the time of their selected interview as applicable. Mock interviewers will wait 15 minutes for in-person interviews and will call twice for phone and Skype interviews if the student does not answer/arrive for their interview promptly. If at that time students have still not answered/arrived for their interview, they will be marked as a no-show for their interview. Students will then need to purchase a “second mock interview” on IUP Marketplace and go through the sign-up process again if you intend to complete the mock interview assignment. 

    Rescheduling Policy

    Mock Interviews will not be rescheduled. Once the student chooses a time-slot for their interview and/or etiquette dinner, that decision is final. 

    D2L Quiz Policy

    Students taking classes that require the completion of the Employer Corner Video Quiz and/or the Etiquette Quiz (both available on the Career and Professional Development Center D2L page) must fully complete the required quizzes by the due dates and times specified on D2L. If students fail to start the quizzes before that time, they will receive a grade of 0 percent for the quiz. If students, however, begin the quizzes and fail to complete them before the due dates and times specified, they will be automatically logged out and only the scores that they had completed prior to the deadline will count towards their final quiz grade. Students will not be allowed to complete a Career and Professional Development Center quiz more than once, or past the specified due-date. All quiz grades are final.

    Exceptions to Policies

    Very rarely, exceptions can be made in dire, life-altering circumstances that were unforeseen and unavoidable. Exceptions can be made for the following policies only: 

    • No-Show Policy
    • Rescheduling Policy
    • Sign-Up Policy

    In such cases, the student must contact the Mock Interview Program coordinator within 24 hours of missing his/her interview and/or within 24 hours of the sign-up deadline for interviews to request a review of the situation and a new interview slot. The students must present substantial, credible evidence that an extreme, unforeseen, and unavoidable situation prevented them from attending their interview or signing up for an interview within the entire established timeframe (examples include extreme medical emergencies/hospitalization, or similar immediate family emergencies). Students in such situations must provide documentation to the Mock Interview Program coordinator to receive consideration for rescheduling. Please note: Technological difficulties will not be considered as exceptions to such policies, as it is the students’ responsibility to ensure their own access to the necessary technological requirements for sign ups and interviews.

    The program coordinator will confer with both the director of the Career and Professional Development Center and the student’s class instructor as necessary to make the decision. The students will be informed via phone or email within one calendar week if they have been granted an exception to the policy. If an exception is not granted, students forfeit the Mock Interview grade in its entirety. If an exception is granted, students must then choose a new interview slot within three business days of being informed of their allowance (Please note: These timeframes are accelerated during summer semesters due to the rapid-paced nature of such shortened semesters). Should an allowance be made, the program coordinator has the discretion to install a point deduction for the student’s grade, not to exceed 20 percent of the total Mock Interview grade. Should a student miss the new interview slot, no further exceptions will be made under any circumstances, and the student will forfeit the Mock Interview grade in its entirety. 

    Exceptions will not be made for the following policies:

    • Document Submission Policy
    • D2L Quiz Policy