Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cuyamaca College offers students, public Perfect Interview tools

As graduation season approaches and the latest batch of newly-minted college graduates begin looking for work, the Cuyamaca College Career and Student Employment Center will soon offer a free service to help job-seekers prepare for that all-important interview.

Using a software program called Perfect Interview, students and the public will have access to hundreds of interviewing questions for all types of positions, including entry-level jobs and those requiring more experience. The program, accessible both on and off campus, also allows users to create videos of practice interviews to help them improve their skills and build confidence for the often nerve-wracking experience.

A free workshop introducing the Perfect Interview program is set for 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Room I-207 in the student center

Counselor and instructor Cindy Morrin said that Perfect Interview was selected by career center directors throughout the region as a pilot project in 2012 following an extensive review of software tools dealing with interviewing, resumes, job search and career development. The program’s ease of use and helpful features, including a job coach and sample responses to questions, led to the purchase of the equipment and software, now being used not only in the career center, but classrooms, as well. Students in a business communications class are using Perfect Interview for their final projects.

“There is a database with hundreds of common interview questions and we can even customize questions in the future, which will be great for our CTE (career technical education) programs,” Morrin said. “In the old days, you needed a video camera and another person to help turn it on and off. Our online business instructors used Skype to interview their students one-on-one.”

With Perfect Interview, anyone with access to the Internet and a webcam has a powerful learning tool to help them score big when it comes time for the real thing. Those unable to attend the May 7 workshop can call or stop by the career center for access to the program.

The career center provides career and employment guidance to Cuyamaca and Grossmont College students and alumni. The public can use selected services at no charge.

For further information, call Cuyamaca College Career Services at 619-660-4438 or go to

The office is in the Student Services One Stop Center, next to Counseling in A-200. The hours are Monday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.