If there’s one thing that can be told about the job seeking process is that you can never rest easy throughout the process. It’s not like you are going to sit down and send your resume to a couple of companies –not if you actually want to have chances of getting a job that is- there’s always a lot that needs to be done. There’s research to be done on companies in the industry, resumes to customize, cover letters to write and preparation to be made for the interview. Getting a really good job requires effort on your part, maybe a little luck as well, but as you can’t control luck, what you can do is prepare.
Preparing for the interview is always a happy and anxious period. You’re happy because you basically have a leg in, but it’s also an anxious period because well, it’s an interview, who in their right mind wouldn’t feel anxious about being asked for their skills and abilities by a bunch of strangers? However, you shouldn’t let it get the best of you because the most successful candidates are always those who are self-confident.
Of course, it’s also to do with how well you will prepare for the interview. You should remember that knowing the company’s website like the back of your hand is not only required, but it’s also expected. But that’s not all you should prepare for. You should make sure that you also know your resume and cover letter by heart. But if you seriously want to up your interview game you should really try doing a mock interview beforehand.
1. Choose the Right Person for the Job
As it’s unlikely that the potential employer will agree to do a mock interview so that you can get the feel of things, go for someone you trust. Ask someone who’s business savvy and who’s been through enough job interviews to know the real deal. Also, don’t ask your parent to help you with this if the last time they went to an interview was twenty years ago.
Ideally, your mock interviewer should be someone who’s in the same industry as you because they’ll be more familiar with the terminology and the prerequisites for a job. Remember to pick wisely because you will need to rely on their feedback to improve your chances for the real interview.
2. Make a List of Questions
Obviously you will need a list of questions for your interviewer to ask. It’s important that you spend some time preparing for these questions because they should cover all questions that are likely to come up.
Include questions that are relevant to the company you are applying for, your experience and skills as well as more personal questions that the interviewer could possibly ask. Familiarize yourself with questions that are illegal for interviewers to ask and prepare for how you are going to handle them.
3. Record the Mock Interview
You should keep the mock interview as serious as possible because you really need to get a feel of how things will be during the real interview. Also remember that you should ask your mock interviewer to take notes during the interviews, you want their thoughts and comments for feedback purposes because this will help a lot as you will be able to see things from an outsider’s perspective. But if you really want to make the most of the mock interview make sure you record it.
Listen to it and take note of anything you don’t like, maybe you pause too often, or maybe you take too long to answer questions, maybe you hesitate. These are all things that you can fix if you become aware of them and this is exactly why you should record your mock interview.
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A mock interview can really improve your chances during the actual job interview, so if you are really set on getting the job you are after you should definitely ask someone you trust to do the mock interview with you.