By: Vanessa Przybysz, Work-Study, Career Development Center
I recently discovered a helpful website through Seminole State’s Career Development Center called Big Interview. I have never used a job preparation website that was so helpful before. Usually, when going for an important interview I would just anticipate what an employer would ask but now I have those questions, answers and more at my fingertips. Big Interview separates the training into two “tracks” Fast Track and Mastery Track. I found them to be extremely helpful in different ways. The Fast Track was ideal when I wanted a quick refresher or crash course on what to do in an interview. I also appreciated this because as a college student I’m always looking for quick and effective tools. The Mastery Track is also great, it allowed me to really go in depth with my understanding of the interviewing process. Big Interview even has written curriculum if videos aren’t your preferred method of learning.
Once I completed the courses it was time to practice. The practice menu tailors the mock interview choices to categories that fit any need. Their library consists of the following categories: General, By Industry, By Competency, Admissions Interviews, Government, and Veterans. The use of categories and specialized mock interviews was wonderful because it allowed me to narrow down and pin point exactly what I needed to know for the area of work I would be interviewing in.
Under the practice menu there are also other tools such as the Answer Builder and Interview Roulette. S.T.A.R. is a step-by-step tool that allowed me to create communication question answers that could be critical to my interviews. Although it was tough, Big Interview recommended I choose examples of myself at my best, demonstrating skills relevant to the job. The Interview Roulette portion generates random questions an employer may ask me on my interview. On the left, there was the interviewer and on the right, myself. This side-by-side view allowed me to feel as though I was in a real interview and when I finished, the My Videos menu allowed me to view previously recorded material.
To sum up, I think Big Interview is a great Program that has helped me with many aspects of interviewing. The Career Development Center has helped me in many ways by providing many resources and this is definitely one of them. Begin practicing your interview skills today with Big Interview!