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Preparing for an Interview

An interview is your best chance for the hiring committee to get to know you. Whether the interview is face-to-face, over the phone, or via video chat, how prepared you are will be evident. Student Employment Services wants to help you be as prepared as possible.

To arrange a mock interview, you may contact Andrew Mobbs, our Program Coordinator, at Once campuses reopen, drop in at the Riverside Campus (G-205) or Redwood Campus (Wiseman Center), or call us at 541-245-7538 (RVC) or 541-956-7323 (RWC).

For now here are some ways to prepare for an interview:

  • students studying at RCCReview interviewing tips to improve your skills.
  • Develop an elevator pitch—a 60-second commercial that highlights your background, key educational and practical experiences, and your future career goals; this can serve as a response when the hiring manager asks you to tell them about yourself.
  • Familiarize yourself with the STAR method and behavioral interviewing (note: handout courtesy of Northern Arizona University).
  • Review practice interview questions.
  • Use Big Interview, an amazing interview practice resource; you can create a free account with your RCC credentials and work with us on this platform.
  • Select questions you will ask the employer. Prepare at least five questions, going beyond the job description to frame them around your skills, interests, and values. By doing this, you’ll have a better idea if the organization is a good fit for you, and hiring managers appreciate insightful questions.
  • Complete the Interview Prep Form.
  • Identify what you will bring to your interview.
  • Prepare a thank-you letter or e-mail to send to your hiring committee within 24 hours after your interview. According to a survey by TopResume, 68% of hiring managers reported that if an interviewee fails to express gratitude, it jeopardizes their chances of getting an offer.