Mock Interviews-the Nuts and Bolts

One of the most popular PDO events every year is the Mock Interview program.  Last year there were over 100 mock interviews, and some students did two interviews.

Mock interviews will be held the evenings of Tuesday January 18 through Thursday January 20, between 5:15 and 7:30 pm.  We expect to have over 30 attorneys volunteer their time to conduct individual student interviews.  A final list will be emailed to you early next week (over Winter Break). The interviews are 30 minutes long typically held either in a staff/faculty office or a library interview room.  Approximately 20 minutes will be used for the mock interview, and the last ten minutes will be devoted to attorney feedback on the student’s résumé, cover letter, and interview skills.  In order to make the “interview” as realistic as possible, please research the attorneys as if they were potential employers and come dressed as if you were going to a real interview, prepared with questions to ask.  In the past, students have found mock interviews a great way to get over interview jitters, receive valuable feedback on what employers are looking for in a résumé and cover letter, and build their network.

Signups will begin over Winter Break, so watch your email for the announcement that sign-ups are open!  You will sign up by dropping by PDO or by calling Chanel Stewart in our office to request a time—(801) 581-8700.  While you may leave a voice mail for her, please do not email your requests for this particular event.  Before you sign up, YOU MUST have your résumé uploaded into Symplicity.  If this is something you have put off, please get it done.  PDO will verify this, and if it isn’t there, you will lose your spot.

Please keep in mind that each year, changes to the schedule will invariably occur as attorneys have emergencies that arise, so there is a chance that your interviewer assignment may change.  If you have any questions about how to upload your documents into Symplicity, check with us in PDO.  Once you have signed up for your interview, you should prepare a cover letter customized to your interviewer and his/her employer and load it into Symplicity no later than Tuesday, January 11.  We will use Symplicity to collect your résumés and cover letters and email them to the attorneys.  Please label your cover letter “Mock Interview Cover”.

Prior to signing up:

Upload your résumé into Symplicity; you will be able to tweak your résumé through January 11.

No later than Tuesday, January 11:

Put final touches on your résumé in Symplicity and upload a customized cover letter labeled “Mock Interview Cover” into Symplicity.  Jaclyn will email your résumé and cover letters from Symplicity to the mock interviewers the following day.

Wednesday, January 12:

Attend the PDO workshop on Interviewing presented by Anneliese.

Prior to your interview:

Research the attorney and the organization for which he/she works.

Prepare some questions to ask as you would in an interview.  Think about what your answers might be to common interview questions.

Excerpts from past year’s mock interview surveys:

“The most important thing for me was the opportunity to field questions from an attorney that might come up in a real interview. Having an opportunity to practice the responses and some of the follow up questions to those responses was quite helpful.”

“The attorneys I interviewed with both gave me their cards and offered to meet again over lunch. It’s so much easier to network in this type of setting than try to get a card and a lunch meeting during a busy social event with lots of students clamoring for attention.  I also got redlined resumes and cover letters from my interviewers.  I love that feedback!”

“I got some tips about my resume and cover letters, but I think the best thing was getting out those first nerves, feeling out how interviews go, and making important connections for the future.  I really got along great with both of my interviewers, and I think that the contacts I made just by interviewing were very important.”