Practice Interview Program

UChicago Career Advancement supports your preparation for success whether interviewing for an internship, a post-graduation job, or admission to graduate or professional school! College students have access to in-person mock interviews available by appointment and 24-hour web-based practice interviews available through Big Interview.  

Download the Career Advancement practice interviewing handout for a list of services and policies.

In-Person Practice Interviews

The Practice Interview Program provides in-person general behavioral and industry-specific mock interviews for undergraduate students who seek interview preparation for internships, full-time positions, and selective program enrollment. Designed to feel like a real interview, Practice Interviews are scheduled for 1 hour and will be conducted by trained graduate students with professional industry experience, who will assess the effectiveness of responses and provide valuable and objective feedback on interview skills and making a good impression. Practice Interview availability will begin during Week 2 of the quarter and students can book via Handshake.

Late Cancellation and No Show Policy

Late cancellations or No Shows for an in-person practice interview will result in deactivation from Handshake. If you need to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment in Handshake and/or alert your practice interviewer.

Uploading Documents

Students will need to upload their resume, cover letter, and job description in their Handshake profiles at least 24 hours in advance of appointment for Practice Interviewer to review. Upload Directions: On the main page of Handshake click on your name (located on the upper right side), select “Documents” and click “Add New Document”. Upload your resume, cover letter, job description in ONE PDF and label it “Practice Interview Docs – Date of Appointment.”

How to Prepare for a Practice Interview

Students should treat the practice interview like a real interview and can download the Resume and Interview Toolkit from the Resources tab in Handshake. Students should dress professionally and arrive at least 15 minutes early. All practice interviews are held in Ida Noyes Hall and students should check-in at the Career Advancement Front Desk on 2nd floor lobby.