As with every skill you've ever learned, you have to learn the technique and then practice, practice, practice. A mock interview will not only help you perfect your technique, but it will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance.
Working with a professional and getting feedback on your performance in a mock interview is similar to working with a sports coach to learn how to improve your game. Both will enable you to learn where your strengths lie and where you may need work to improve your performance. Time spent practicing will assist you greatly in either situation. An added bonus to preparing and practicing is the self-confidence you will gain. In today's competitive world, you must be prepared and in top shape.
What Is a Mock Interview?
- A 30-minute session (can be videotaped) of you in an interview with a professional.
- A review of the session with constructive feedback on your performance.
- Prepare for the interview by researching your company/industry of interest.
- Investigate and identify the most common industry traits sought (analytical skills, communication skills, business knowledge and problem solving).
- Script answers to demonstrate your experience with these factors as well as answers to behavioral questions, such as "Tell me about a time when..." and "Can you give me an example of a time..."
- Dress in appropriate attire -- as though this is an actual company interview.
- Greet the interviewer with an enthusiastic handshake and smile.
- Listen to the question asked. Make sure you know what the interviewer wants to know. Ask for clarification if the question is not clear.
- Keep your answers concise and to the point -- two to three minutes long.
- Make sure you are selling the product: you.
- Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
- Listen to feedback with an open mind, not defensively.
- Learn from your performance. How are you being perceived through the eyes of someone who does not know you?
This information was obtained from an article written by Carole Martin of MonsterTrak entitled “Practice Makes Perfect Campus Mock Interviews