The Mock Interview Program provides undergraduates, graduates, and alumni within one year of graduation a chance to tweak interviewing skills. Sign up for a practice interview on the phone, over Skype, or in a one-on-one coaching session at The Career Center.

Mock Interviews may be used prior to any form of interview including graduate, professional, health, phone, and job interviews.


Mock Interviews are available Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00pm during Fall and Spring semesters, but not in the Summer, over Spring Break or Winter Break.

All interviews MUST BE SCHEDULED at least 48 hours in advance.

Request a Mock Interview today!

After you submit your information please call (217) 333-0820 to schedule a time and date.

If you have questions or comments, please e-mail the Mock Interview Coordinator, Steven Conaton, at


To cancel call (217) 333-0820 no less than 24 hours in advance. Failure to cancel may result in disqualification from the Mock Interview Program for the remainder of the semester.

What to Bring

Flash Drive: If you are coming to The Career Center for a one-on-one interview, your video recorded interview can be saved and taken with you if you provide a storage device with 2GB of memory.

Professional Attitude: Whether you have a phone or one-on-one interview, treat the Mock Interview Program as practice for the real thing (i.e. dress up, prepare, arrive early, etc.).

What to Expect

At the time of your interview you can expect a simulated 30 minute interview by trained and highly engaged interviewers who will challenge you on customized questions based on your background, area of interest, and any other information you provide. The more information you provide, the more customized the questions!

The 30 minute feedback portion will highlight your strengths and provide areas for improvement. You will take home with you: recorded and written feedback, relevant handouts, and a better understanding of how to articulate your thoughts, experiences, and skills.

How to Prepare

Before your interview, review the information in the interview section of our website.This will help you learn the types of questions you may be asked, how to answer them in a professional manner, how to dress for an interview, and how to prepare for various interview types. 

Our page of interview preparation videos offers tips on what to do before, during, and after an interview. 

Also, use these worksheets to help you answer the tough questions as you prepare for you interview!