Practice for your future interviews with Sprott School alumni who are company and industry insiders, who can coach you on how to land the job through a practice interview.

Scheduling Your Mock Interview

  • When scheduling you will propose three 60-minute meeting times. If the advisor is available during one of those times, the advisor will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, the advisor may choose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • Write an introductory message about your interest in a mock interview and include relevant information that will help the advisor to prepare.
  • You must upload a résumé and may include additional documentation such as a cover letter or job description.

Connecting to Your Mock Interview

  • Both parties are sent a confirmation email that includes a list of phone numbers (users select one suited for their location) and conference code.
  • 10 minutes before the conference is scheduled the codes will be live.
  • Once both parties call in and enter their code they’ll be connected and the consultation will begin.

During Your Mock Interview

  • Your mock interview will typically consist of a 30-minute simulated real-life interview with 15-30 minutes of feedback.
  • Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself professionally and answer questions about your background and interest in your career area.
  • Strive to be a receptive and active listener during the feedback process.

After Your Mock Interview

  • Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the advisor by sending a follow up thank-you message. Note that unless the advisor provides his/her contact information during the call, you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.

MOCK INTERVIEW EXAMPLE  

Subject: Sprott School Undergraduate Student Preparing for Accounting Interviews

Dear John:

My name is Patricia Buckingham, and I am an Undergraduate student with a concentration in Accounting at the Sprott School of Business. I would like to pursue an accounting co-op and was excited to find your profile on the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network. Thank you for signing up as an advisor and for your willingness to prepare students for interviews. I hope we can find a time within the next few weeks to conduct a mock interview that assesses my ability to effectively discuss my background and my interest in sustainability. My résumé and a sample internship description are attached. Thank you in advance for your time and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Patricia Buckingham

Sample THANK YOU follow-up message afterwards to your Sprott Alumni Advisor

Subject: Thank you for your guidance

Dear John:

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about career paths in finance. I learned a great deal and our conversation has increased my interest in pursuing a career in investment banking.

I plan to take your advice and follow up with additional alumni for more information about investment banking. Again, thank you for being part of the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network. I truly appreciate the assistance you have been able to provide.

Sincerely,

Patricia Buckingham