If you’ve been preparing for the interview process in the past, you are aware that preparation is the key, and it the importance to practice interviewing and tailoring your answers. And here comes a MOCK INTERVIEW- a great way to prepare you for an upcoming real interview. By simulating the actual interview experience, you can practice your interview questions and learn how to answer them effectively. The mock interviews are an excellent practice because they provide a realistic simulation of the recruitment process and interview setting. By going through them beforehand, you will be better prepared to answer questions confidently and effectively in a real scenario.
Benefits of having a mock Interview
There are many benefits to having a mock interview, including:
- Allowing you to practice your interview skills in a safe and supportive environment.
- Providing feedback on how you are feeling and what you are struggling with.
- Helping you to identify any areas that need improvement.
- Enabling you to receive feedback from an experienced interviewer.
- Allowing you to boost your confidence going into a real job interview and reduce stress.
- Letting you learn the structure and framework (like the STAR method) for different types and stages of the hiring process.
How to prepare for a mock interview
When you are preparing for the mock interview, it is essential to have a proper interview setting.
First, narrow your focus, pick a real example of the position you are applying for, and share it with the interviewer. This way, the interviewer can prepare a set of questions relevant to the job and the company you picked. This will help you tailor your answers as you practice.
Secondly, update your CV before the mock interview and share it with your interviewers. This way, the interviewers can understand what skills and experience you have in relation to the role you are interested in.
Choose the right person for your mock interview. Ideally, it has to be someone who has the experience and practice of interviewing job seekers. It can be a family member, friend, or professional like a career coach or career counselor who attended the job interviews in the past.
Lastly, make sure to relax, stay calm and enjoy the experience. The mock interview is an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on your answers and your body language, eye contact, communication skills, storytelling, and interview skills. Be open to constructive feedback and learn from your interviewer.
What to expect during a mock interview
You will be asked a series of questions tailored to the role during the conversation. Be prepared to answer common interview questions about your resume, experience, current role, skills, qualifications or salary expectations. The mock interviewer will also ask questions about your motivation, job description, for the position and your goals for the future. If there is a question that you struggle to answer, take a deep breath, ask clarifying questions and explain what you think. You will get the time for your questions to be asked.
Be sure to answer each question thoughtfully and thoroughly. In addition, be sure to listen carefully to the mock interviewer’s questions and instructions. This will help you better understand what is expected of you during an actual interview with recruiters or hiring managers.
After the mock interview
Be sure to ask your mock interviewer for feedback. This feedback can help you improve your skills and better prepare for future interviews. Reflecting on the simulated interview experience can help you better understand what to expect during a real job interview process.
The different types of mock interviews
There are two most common types of mock interviews: 1-to-1 and group. The most common mock interviews are 1-to-1 interviews, where you work individually with someone, and the session is tailored to your personal needs. However, mock group interviews and a training program run by community centres or organisations like Jobcare can also help you practice and prepare for the process.
In the real world, the interview process can be different depending on the stage of the interview process. The same rule also applies to the mock interview. Depending on the stage of the process, the mock interview can be tailored to that set up for success (recruiter screen, hiring manager interview or panel interview).
How to make the most out of your mock interview experience
To make the most out of your simulated interview experience, prepare thoroughly and be relaxed and open to feedback. In addition, be sure to ask your mock interviewer for input and any follow-up questions that you might have. Remember that it’s your time and make the most out of it. This feedback can help you improve your interviewing skills and prepare for future interviews.
Practice makes perfect!
Mock interviews are an excellent way to practice for an actual job interview.
If you are preparing for actual interviews, consider having around 3-5 mock interviews in a professional setting. The time you spend preparing will help you practice answers to more potential questions, tailor your responses, learn how to handle unexpected questions and speak more confidently about your experience in your resume. If you don’t have anyone in your network who can help you practice interview, hire a professional. This is an excellent way to ensure that you are fully prepared and confident for your upcoming actual job interview.
Remember not to leave your practice until the last moment or look for help a day before your interview if you are thinking about a job change and haven’t been interviewing for w while is worth reaching out for help sooner than later, and planning your preparation in advance.