Putting Together the Pieces to Improve Your Interviews

Feeling nervous about an interview? It’s okay…almost everyone does. No matter if you are preparing for your first interview or your tenth, Career Core by Kaplan is here for you! Career Core is the University of Arizona’s partner to help Wildcats get career-ready, no matter their starting point. Career Core’s lessons can help you practice your interview skills long before your internship or job interview through informational interviews (also known as career conversations) and speaking to recruiters at Career Fairs. Here are 4 topics to guide you:

Topic 11 – Informational Interviewing in Depth

Practice professional conversations in low-stakes situations.

Topic 18 – Company Research

Research organizations in order to demonstrate your knowledge and initiative in interviews.

Topic 19 – Events

Speak with recruiters outside of job interviews in order to practice your presentation and make a positive impression.

Topic 22 – Applications

Discover different types of interviews you may encounter, and practice prioritizing opportunities to prep efficiently.

We in SECD strongly recommend that you conduct at least one informational interview (also known as a career conversation) during your time here, using the skills learned in Topic 11. The professionals featured on each Career Cluster community page (here’s an example from Data & Technology) are all open to career conversations.

If you have not logged on to Kaplan Career Core yet, your first log in (using your university netid and password) will take you to the home page to set up your account. Then select “Kaplan Career Core” from the dashboard, and then “Curriculum Outline” and “Shortcuts” to take you to this learning path. After your first login the links will take you directly to each topic.

By Emily McCarthy
Emily McCarthy Senior Director, Career Development