Try a Virtual Interview, and get expert advice and etiquette tips -- all
to help you prepare for the big day.
There’s a decent chance you can guess some questions you might be
asked in an interview. But you probably can't guess exactly what you’ll
be asked and in what order. This element of the unknown is part of what
can make interviews a bit harrowing.
Here’s your chance to practice
for the big day. The Random Interview Question Generator will serve up
some of the most common questions for you in random order, giving you
the chance to think about potential answers. This is your chance to work
out the kinks in your responses, with your computer the only one listening.
Along the way, you’ll find articles to help you get ready.
Admin Virtual Interview
Practice, practice, practice! The Virtual Interview contains interview
questions ranging from puffball to killer that are typically asked of
admin/support candidates. This interactive section gives you the opportunity
to test your answers in a safe environment so that when you are ready
for the real thing, you can engage in a meaningful exchange rather than
grope for a clumsy comeback.
Campus Virtual Interview
Practice, practice, practice! The Virtual Interview contains actual interview
questions ranging from puff ball to killer. This interactive section gives
you the opportunity to test your answers in a safe environment so that
when the real thing comes along you can engage in a meaningful exchange
rather than grope for a clumsy comeback.
Some of these questions will seem more appropriate for new grads or entry-level
applicants, while others will be for more experienced interviewees. Try
your hand at both, no matter what your level, for the same principles
Interview Words of Wisdom
But for the past few years, he's been on the other end of the business
-- the end that does the hiring. Having worn both pairs of shoes in the
dance that is the hiring process, Garriott has unusual insight.
When it comes to the interview, Garriott has some great words of advice,
which we've taken the liberty of turning into easy-to-remember cliches:
Pick Up What They're Laying Down:
"In an interview, you'll be able to pick up on what they're looking
for," Garriott says. "Talk about the stuff you've done that's
related to that. You want to make sure they're comfortable that you can
provide the services they need.
"People will actually lead the interview for you and give direction
in what way to go and what you should be talking about," he adds.
"I think interviewing is not so much about spewing on about how great
you are but listening to what their needs are."
Your Book Isn't Judged by Its
Cover: "Don't be too elaborate with your portfolio,"
Garriott says. "You should let your work speak to how creative you
are, not the packaging. There's no amount of packaging you can do that's
going to trick them into thinking your work is better than it is."
Communication Is a Two-Way Street:
"I think it's important to interview them, too," he says. "I
think a lot of people go on interviews thinking that they have to impress
these people to try to get the job and no matter what, don't disrupt the
apple cart. But at the same time, you want to figure out what you're getting
into. You want to go in with half a dozen good questions that you can
try to get answers from that paint a picture of what the job is really
Honesty Is the Best Policy:
"Don't say you can do things you can't," Garriott says. In the
world of creative work, the cat will get out of the bag quickly, and not
only will you lose the job you're interviewing for, you'll lose your good
Be Yourself: "I always
tell people to dress the way they dress," Garriott says. "Don't
overshoot it and be too stuffy." He adds that this lax attitude toward
the dress code may be specific to the creative industry and even more
particular to Portland's casual attitude.
Body language can leave a lasting impression. So sit up straight and follow
our tips to send the right message.
When You're Smiling
People can tell when you enjoy the work you do. So put on a smile and
send out some of those good vibes.
Job Interview Pointers
Steve Fogarty has interviewed thousands of candidates for his PR agency.
He reveals how to make the best impression.
Make the Right
Recruitment pro Jennifer Scott explains the beginning of the interview
is crucial and offers tips for a good start.