If you have had an interview with a recruiter that was unsuccessful, you have much to gain from practicing your interviewing skills and reviewing your overall performance in order to garner feedback and pointers for improving your approach.
It can be said that there are two kinds of job interviews– those which generated a job offer and those we would rather forget.
One important difference between the above two is your proper planning.
Therefore, being prepared for the interview is one of the most important aspects that count towards the success of getting the job.
This article will introduce you to the mock interview and what it includes. This series of articles contains:
Prepare yourself by conducting a mock interview
Mock interviews can provide the information you need in order to enhance your job interview performance. Practice makes perfect it has been said. But more accurately, Perfect practice makes perfect.
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the upcoming job interview questions is a live rehearsal, preparing interview questions and acting out a live job interview, and conducting a mock interview requires some preparations. You will utilize all feedback and repeat until satisfied with the results.
Mock Interview – Practice Interview Questions
Rather than making your mistakes during your interview, make them during a mock interview, where you can reduce errors and improve your performance through plenty of practice.
1. What Is a Mock Interview?
- A 30 minute video session of you in an interview with a friend, colleague or better yet, a recruiter that plays the role of an interviewer.
- Reviewing the video with constructive feedback on how you performed.
- Preparation involves researching the company. Investigate and learn the most common industry traits needed – for example, analytical skills, business knowledge, or communication skills.
- Then script answers to show your experience related to these necessary traits.
3. The Session
- Dress in appropriate business attire as you would for a real interview.
- Greet the interviewer with a strong handshake and a confident smile.
- Listen attentively to the question. If you need clarification, ask for it.
- Reply with clear, concise answers – do not ramble on.
- Remember to sell yourself.
- Have a couple of questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
4. Giving Interview Feedback
View the tape, listen to your answers, and observe your feelings.
- Did you and your answers come across as you thought they had?
- Take advantage of all constructive criticism given to improve your interviewing skills.
- Watch the video a few times, with friends or colleagues if possible. Request feedback, but use your own intelligence to determine optimum responses. Learn from all feedback, including your own.
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