A job interview should be about how you can help a potential employer achieve their organizational goals. It supplements your resume, cover letter, transcript, and other written application. Hiring professionals also look for culture fit and how well you can work with others.

What to do before your interview

  • Research companies, clarify and understand their mission statement, their goals, and how your skills or personality can help the company accomplish them. With a solid understanding of the company and the position, you will be able to face most questions confidently.
  • For online resources to help you research companies check out UCSC's Researching Databases
  • Research market trends and salary expectations
  • Interview Preparation: Read about the do's and don'ts of interviewing. Learn what to expect, wear, and how to proceed.

Big Interview


Big Interview is a new digital platform that UCSC students can use to learn and practice interview skills. With Big Interview, you can get hands-on training with mock interviews that are tailored to your specific industry, job, and experience level. Big Interview offers coaching by experts, an interactive mock interview tool, and a variety of general, behavioral, and technical practice interview questions.