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Practice interviews with an advisor

In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, we now offer advising appointments by phone or zoom, and not in person, until further notice.

Career and Professional Development offers appointments with an advisor for practice interviews for currently enrolled Virginia Tech students. The purpose is to help you prepare for an interview for employment or graduate school admission. You prepare in advance just as  you do for your real interview. A practice interview can happen after you get familiar with interview basics, and more, that you'll find in our interview skills guide, and you're ready to practice answering interview questions.

Documents to have ready for scheduling:

24 hours prior to your appointment, you'll need to submit:

  • Your resume.
  • If applicable: the job description OR graduate program description.
  • Optional to submit: other information that pertains to your real interview, such as expected questions, a cover letter, writing samples.

To schedule an appointment:

Appointments are not scheduled via email.
Appointments are not scheduled to occur the same day you take action to schedule.

Cancellation and no-show policy:

  • If you must cancel your appointment, you must either call us at 540-231-6241 or cancel online using Handshake.
  • If you do not cancel in advance, and do not show up for your appointment, you will be blocked from scheduling future mock interviews.

Mock interview for class assignments:

  • You should follow the instructions provided by your instructor.

Preparation and arrival:

  • Get familiar with interview basics, and more, that you'll find in our interview skills guide.
  • If you wish to have feedback on your attire, you may wear interview attire, or bring a photo.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, check in at the Smith Career Center reception desk on the first floor.

Alternative if: 

- You're in a hurry.
- There is not an appointment time that works for you.
- You're an alumnus/alumna or employee of Virginia Tech.