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Interview Prep Packet v.1.1

Designed for applicants to entry-level positions, this interview prep packet includes 24 commonly asked questions to which you should absolutely have responses prepared. Hints are given for each question to help prompt the best answer. I’ve gathered these questions through my own experiences being interviewed and interviewing others as part of numerous search committees.

Cover Letter Workbook

The cover letter can sometimes make or break your application. As someone whose served on search committees, I know that my biggest pet peeve is a great resume but horrible cover letter. Use this extensive workbook to help you put your best foot forward on any cover letter. The workbook includes prompts, to make sure that you address all of the most pertinent aspects and a rubric, to help you evaluate your first draft.

Mock Interview

The best way to prepare for an interview is by doing mock interviews. Phone interviews, in particular, can be the most awkward and stressful part of the application process. Practice your phone interviewing skills by doing a mock phone interview with me. We’ll set up a time for me to call you and act as the interviewer. There will be 30 minutes for the questions and then an additional 30 minutes to get feedback. The interview and the questions are informed by the many search committees I have served on and the numerous interviews I have conducted. 

Cover Letter Review

I will review up to 2 drafts of your cover letter. This allows you to receive feedback on your first draft, implement the feedback and have it reviewed again. Feedback is provided in writing within 24 – 48 hours of receipt of the document.


As a doctoral candidate with limited experience in higher education, I reached out to Danielle for guidance with my cover letters for job applications. She was quick to reply back with both formative and summative feedback, as well as asking clarifying questions about the positions and other application materials. To that end, Danielle was also another listening ear and invaluable resource–which is especially needed during a harrowing and somewhat isolating job search during and post-degree. I encourage others to be open about getting as many eyes on your application materials as possible.

I am interviewing for an academic advisor position and Danielle was really helpful with providing feedback from the mock interview. I felt like I was actually interviewing for the position based on her questions and her responses to my post interview questions. The Likert scale was also really helpful to rank my responses and know where I stood! Thanks to the mock interview, I know what interviewing skills I am great at and what I need to refine! Anyone who needs to practice for an interview, whether in-person or phone, should take advantage of this opportunity!

Jenna P.

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