Mock Interviews

What Are Mock Interviews?

Every year, Clairemont High School holds a Mock Interview Day where we pair each of our 10th grade students with an industry or community partner volunteer who will give them a mock, one-on-one, ten-minute job interview. This is an invaluable chance for our students to practice resume writing and interviewing skills. Many of our students have told us they have interviewed for real summer internships and jobs using the skills they practiced at this event and were then hired!

Mock Interviews 2024 Details:

Register to be a Volunteer Interviewer:

To become a Mock Interviewer for this event, please fill out and submit our online CHS Mock Interview Registration Form. (All 10th grade students will automatically participate through their 10th Grade English class).

Dates & Times:

For 2023, CHS will hold Mock Interviews on Wednesday May 22 and Thursday May 23 at Clairemont High School. There will be three 90-minute interview sessions on each day: Register for one or more sessions on either or both days. Check-in orientation for volunteers is 10 minutes prior to each session.


The students who are participating in these mock interviews are 10th graders from our four academies. They must complete this interview activity as a graded class assignment, and they are competing against each other for the “job.” Most of them have never conducted a job interview before.

Students will be nervous because this will be a new learning experience for them! An academy teacher prepares them ahead of time with sample interview questions and information about dress and etiquette, but the real learning starts once they are seated in front of an industry or community partner. 


Clairemont High is located at 4150 Ute Drive, San Diego, CA 92117. There is lots of construction outside of the school, so parking space is limited. Volunteers should plan to arrive at Clairemont High at least 10 minutes prior to the start time of their interview session. Check in at the main office (located near the flagpole and marquee). The front office will direct interviewers to their assigned interview location on campus (see campus map).


On the day of the interviews, volunteer interviewers are provided with a folder containing all materials needed for the day. Interviewers will find a table sign with the interviewer’s name and company. Student “applicants” are scheduled to rotate in at their assigned interview time. Interviewers will remain stationary as students show up for their “appointment.”


While conducting the interviews, volunteers are asked to consider using questions from our list of Sample Interview Questions and conduct each interview as if it were real. Volunteers should maintain an “interviewer” persona throughout the interview session (i.e.: don’t break off interview to give tips, feedback, etc. during the interview). Students will select a “job description” to interview for, those will be provided to the interviewer in their material folder. 

Questions: please contact the even coordinator, Jeanne Cantwell at [email protected]

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