Okay, when was the last time that you had a job interview? If you're a little rusty, you may want to consider doing a few practice runs. These practice runs are commonly referred to as mock
interviews. Although mock interviews may seem a little bit silly, there are a number of benefits to doing them, such as giving you a glimpse into your strengths and weaknesses, giving you time to improve before the real interview.
Another benefit of a mock interview is the much-needed practice you will receive. It's no secret that job interviews can be nerve-wracking. Even if this isn’t your first job interview, it can
still cause you nervousness. Many job seekers find that holding mock job interviews with their friends or family members helps ease the nervousness often associated with job interviews. In fact, it may give you a boost in confidence.
When conducting your mock interview, be sure to pay special attention to answering any questions typical for job interviews, as well as giving a proper greeting and goodbye. Common questions may include:
1) What are your strengths and weaknesses?
2) What are your long term goals?
3) Where do you want to be in ten years?
4) How do you handle stress on the job?
5) Tell us a little about yourself.
Often times the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Nothing says an interested worker like someone who comes prepared with some questions about the job and company. Just be sure to steer away from such questions as "when do I get my first vacation" and "how long is lunch."
When choosing someone to help you conduct your mock interview, try to find someone who is known for giving unbiased opinions. You want someone who isn't afraid to give you constructive criticism.
Yes, it is possible to practice in front of a mirror; however you may benefit more by practicing with another person who can give you feedback or provide you with helpful suggestions.