At this year’s virtual Expo, students will have access to Career Talks and resources to help prepare them for their first job interview. Volunteers are conducting the Expo’s traditional mock interviews before and after the event, working with educators at our partner school districts and using platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet. (Contact PWA staff for more information about spring mock interviews.)
At the 2021 virtual Expo, students can hear Career Talks and engage with professionals in the virtual Auditorium. These Career Talks will be available for 30 days after the event. View the full auditorium schedule of Career Talks in our Expo Resource Guide.
How to Prepare for a Job Interview
Common Interview Questions
- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
- What are your goals in the next 2-3 years, and how do you plan to achieve them?
- What do you consider to be your strengths, and why?
- Describe a time when you faced a challenge at school and how you handled it.
- Why should I hire you?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Interview Tips for Students
Make sure you’re at your best for the interview - remind yourself the importance of first impressions!
- Get a good night’s sleep & eat a good breakfast!
- Brush your teeth
- Dress appropriately
- Bring a copy of your resume
- Give a firm handshake & wait to be asked to take a seat
- Maintain good posture
- Avoid fidgeting, adjusting your clothing, touching your face, etc.
- Make eye contact – but remember, it’s not a staring contest!
- Be polite & give your full attention to the interviewer
- Be confident and articulate in your answers
Tips for Conducting a Mock Interview
- Interview students for about 7-8 minutes.
- When the interview is complete, evaluate the student and share feedback.
- Be friendly. Ask challenging questions. Listen carefully.
- Give students feedback that will encourage them and help them do better in future interviews.
- Emphasize the positive: Begin and end your evaluation with positive feedback, and gently discuss areas needing improvement.
- Arrive on time, dress professionally and have fun with students as they practice their interviewing skills.
Volunteering After the Expo
PWA also works year-round to recruit HR volunteers and facilitate mock interviews and resume workshops at Portland-area high schools, working in close partnership with the Portland Human Resource Management Association. HR professionals, please contact us if you'd like to sign up for year-round volunteering options, or visit the Get Involved page for more information.
Learn more about volunteering at the Expo.
Thank you to the Portland HR Management Association and Southridge High School for producing this material.