Interview Practice

Why Interview Practice Matters

Preparing and practicing your answers to interview questions ahead of time is one of the most valuable things you can do to prepare for an interview.

You want your answers to demonstrate that you are the best candidate by connecting your skills and experience directly to the qualifications in the job description.

Practice out loud until you are able to answer interview questions naturally and with confidence.

Ways to Practice

  • Use the free InterviewStream mock interview tool anytime, online, 24/7
  • Come to walk-in hours to develop and practice your answers in a safe space
  • Make an appointment to do a mock interview with a professional career coach

InterviewStream

InterviewStream is a video interviewing platform that allows you to practice interviewing and review your performance. The service is free for UC students and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With InterviewStream you can:

  • Customize the questions based on the industry or job you’re pursuing
  • Share your interview video with career center staff, parents, a friend or mentor to gather more feedback

Increasingly, employers use a video interview as the first interview, so we encourage you to practice so you are well prepared.

Getting Started

  1. Go to InterviewStream's UC portal. (We recommend using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox.)
  2. Register for a new account using your UC email address.
  3. If you have been given an assignment code, enter it in the Assignment Code box. Assignment codes, provided by your professor, register you for the Assignment it belongs to. If you don't have an assignment code, simply click on “Conduct an Interview.”
  4. Next, choose whether to take a premade interview or create your own custom interview using pre-recorded questions.
  5. Proceed to the hardware check to test your webcam and microphone.
  6. Next, you will be given an overview of how the process works.
  7. Begin your interview.

Getting Feedback

At the end of the interview, you have the option to request a counselor review or conduct a self-assessment.

Want more practice?

If you would like additional interview practice, you can come to walk-in hours or make an appointment with a career coach.