The Best Interview Practice: A Mock Interview

March 5, 2019

Career Advice

College campuses around the country hold mock interviews for soon-to-be-graduates. Students sign up for a slot of time with a representative from a local employer or a university employee. They ask typical interview questions and provide feedback on answers, resumes, and cover letters.

If you’re currently enrolled as a student, this advice is easy: don’t miss the next mock interview session! But if you’re long past your college days, don’t fret. It’s easy to stage a mock interview. Recruit a friend, partner, colleague, or mentor who’s advice and career path you admire. If they’re familiar with your field and the position you’re going for–great. But if not, that’s ok. Many of the interview questions you need to practice are universal.

The most crucial part of interview prep is speaking your answers out loud, and thinking fast and clearly on your feet. Your mind has to be able to hop from one subject to another while crafting answers that shine the best light on you. This is why a mock interview is by far the best way to land your next opportunity.

Set up a 30-minute block of time–20 minutes for questions and 10 minutes for feedback. Afterward, practice the questions which you stumbled upon the first time. Then schedule a follow-up a few days later. Repeat the mock interview and see if you’ve improved.

Image via Enri Endrian/Flickr.

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