Practice is a critical part of the interview preparation process. While practicing with an experienced hiring manager or an HR professional may be very useful, not all job seekers have access to this resource. Involving friends and family members in conducting mock interviews can be an excellent alternative.
1. Why Mock Interviews are Important
Practicing mock interviews allows a job seeker to become more accustomed to the interviewing environment, and can effectively reduce anxiety over the entire process. By preparing in advance of the interview, candidates can develop a stronger sense of self confidence. Mock interviews can additionally uncover problems, mistakes or mishaps for the job seeker long before the actual interview occurs. In this way, the candidate is able to work to correct these issues during the practice period, and therefore elevate his or her performance during the actual interview.
2. How to Prepare for Practicing a Mock Interview with a Job Seeker
In preparing for your role as mock interviewer, you'll have a bit of homework to do. You'll want to do some of the same things that a hiring manager would in preparing to meet with a job seeker. You'll need to learn a little about the job for which the candidate is interviewing and the industry in which that job is found. This gives you a better idea of the types of interview questions to focus on and the responses a professional interviewer may be looking for in a qualified applicant.
Review the applicant's resume and prepare specific questions to ask. Here are a few categories to consider, as well as examples of some of the most common questions.
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