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What Is the Mock Interview?

As its name suggests, the mock interview is an emulation of a job interview. It is conducted to train job seekers to do well during their actual interview. Mock interviews meticulously imitate the atmosphere of a real interview so that job applicants gain a correct experience of the procedure and later faultlessly navigate themselves through the conversation with their potential employers. By participating in the mock interview, job candidates learn what to expect on the face-to-face interview and can make their self-presentation significantly better, bringing it to perfection before they set foot in the real interview room.

There are numerous electronic devices and gadgets used now on mock interviews. Videotaping oneself answering interview questions is the most common procedure that all interview coaches firmly advise to follow. Job candidates not only watch the video afterwards, seeing themselves from the outside and thus gaining a more objective outlook on their own behavior, but they also receive a professional feedback on their performance from mock interview organizers and career instructors. Even if you are not looking for work at present, taking part in the mock interview still can be beneficial for your career. Mock interviews can help you get ready for debates in your workplace or presentations on workshops and conferences.

Another positive element of mock interviews is that they are not actual interviews, after all. Hence, they are less nerve-wracking and frightening. Playfully conducted, mock interviews can be so enjoyed that their light spirit can be carried over to the actual interview and thus make job applicants more at ease in their subsequent conversation with recruiters. Usually, applicants’ composure on the interview bespeaks self-assurance and professionalism and predisposes employers towards a favorable treatment of their candidacies. 


How to Schedule the Mock Interview?

If you want to practice for your upcoming interview, there are several ways to participate in the mock interview. For students, registering for the mock interview is particularly easy. College career centers and career counselors often organize face-to-face mock interviews. What students need to do, then, is just to contact their career office and find out when and where the college provides the mock interview. Types of the mock interview in colleges are numerous: students can practice for job interview on the phone, on skype, through videos, or in-person.

Those who are not affiliated with higher education institutions should turn to a career coach or a career counselor. There are numerous companies in the USA that provide career services and prepare people for job interviews. The career specialist will ask you details about your position and the company for which you applied to construct the mock interview and the list of interview questions most correctly. The rule is that the more precise information you provide the more you benefit from the mock interview. All types of the mock interview, be it the phone interview, skype, or the face-to-face one, can be recorded or videotaped. This will allow you to review your interview and take a note of your mistakes. The career coach will watch or listen to your interview with you and will provide feedback, giving you advice on how to improve your performance still further.


What Questions Are Posed during the Mock Interview?

What questions are asked on the mock interview depends on the precision of the information that you provide about your field of expertise or the company where you seek employment. The more detailed you are, the more mock interview questions will approximate to the questions that will be posed to you in reality.

General Questions

If you do not have a certain company in mind and just want to get prepared for a job interview in general, you will practice answering general interview questions. These questions usually center around your personality and your reactions to specified situations or scenarios. The most popular general question asked on in-person interviews is about your strengths and weaknesses. Answering this question can be tricky. For if blowing your own trumpet is natural when you want to convince your employers that you are worthier than your competitors, to what demerits should you confess to retain your chances of employment?

What complicates an answer to the question about your shortcomings is that you cannot bring up a weakness irrelevant to your work.  To admit that you payed for a yearly pass to a gym but never have willpower to work out will not count as a good answer. However blameworthy, your unwillingness to exercise will not enlighten your recruiters about your professionalism or motivation to work in the company. The weaknesses you mention should bear on your performance at work and, what is more important, they should be amendable. You need to convince your recruiters that you are keenly aware of your demerits and make an effort to eliminate them. If you are applying for a position, say, of a content writer, then you can mention that you tend to redraft your essays more times than is necessary but that you are learning to obsess less about the quality of your writing. When you talk about your successful struggles with perfectionism, you not only refer to the trait highly relevant to your occupation, but you also make it clear that you understand how undesirable it is to hinder a submission of a project by endless revisions of your articles. Such an answer will amply inform your recruiters about your working style and will help them come to a right hiring decision.   

Apart from questions about your strengths and weaknesses, you may be asked the following general questions during your mock interview:

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What are your daily activities at your current job?
  • Why do you want to change your workplace?
  • What is your ideal type of the manager?
  • Why would you be a good fit for our company?
  • What are your duties at your present job and how do they relate to the position for which you applied?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What are your professional plans for the next three years?
  • What do you know about the position for which you are applying?
  • What did you like and dislike about your position in your previous workplace?
  • Will you be satisfied if you have little or no professional progress within five years?

Do take time to prepare good, crispy answers to these and similar questions. The mock interview offers you a brilliant opportunity to practice interviewing and ascertain whether you have all required interview skills to pass your upcoming interview with unqualified success. Depending on the position for which you practice, you will also need to prepare answers to behavioral, situational, and technical questions frequently asked during actual interviews.


What Interview Skills Can You Practice during the Mock Interview?

In addition to answering interview questions, you can ascertain during the mock interview whether you possess all required interview skills. For your convenience, we are listing this set of skills below. You can go over it and afterwards discuss the interview skills on your mock interview with your coach, dwelling more on those skills that you may think you lack. Here are the interview skills that you need to possess, if you want to turn your interview into an unqualified success:

  • Preparation – Do not come to your interview unprepared. If you do not practice beforehand, interviewers will see this straight off. Unprepared, you will not sound confident and professional, making an overall unfavorable impression on your potential managers. Before you show up for the interview, learn as much as you can about the company where you wish to work, its business goals, departments, and the latest revenue.
  • Punctuality – Do everything in your power to arrive to the interview at least ten minutes before the arranged time so that you have a few minutes to collect your thoughts and compose yourself before meeting your employers. If, despite your best efforts, you become detained on your way to the company and cannot arrive on time, call the Human Resources representative and inform him or her about your delay. Forewarned, your employers will look more leniently and understandably on your late arrival and will not be prejudiced against you.
  • Coherent speech – However nervous you feel during the interview, speaking quickly or loudly is never a good idea. Your desire to convey a lot of valuable information about yourself is understandable, but you may inadvertently achieve a contrary effect and appear incoherent and even high-strung, if you rush to reveal as much information about yourself as you can. The impression you create on your recruiters will be much more favorable, if you compose yourself, sit comfortably, and answer their questions calmly and with dignity.
  • Optimism – However nervous you feel or however eager you are to become employed, you should never exude desperation. Stay optimistic and present even challenging, unpleasant situations you have faced at work in a positive light. Even if you were mistreated in your previous workplace, it will do you no good to speak disparagingly about your former employer or co-workers. Speak well about others, and, when describing challenging situations, emphasize what you learned from it and how it made you a better employer.
  • Gratitude – Do not forget to express thankfulness to the people who spent their time to interview you. Regardless of the results of your interview, be polite and send your recruiters a follow up email thanking them for their time and consideration. It is always better to remain in employers’ good books. When you leave a good, pleasant impression behind yourself, recruiters may contact you on another opportunity, even if you do not become employed this time around.

Reread this list of the interview skills and talk it over with your interview coach during your mock interview. You will appear more confident and knowledgeable during your actual interview, if you know how to conduct yourself sitting face-to-face to your potential employers.

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