During COVID times, don’t wait for the right time to think about your career advancement.
Utilize this time at home and practice mock interviews with some useful tips to refine your interview skills.
This will help you to ace your final interview with a hiring manager. Well, the show must go on, whatever may come. So, start preparing now.
How mock interviews help?
Practicing mock interviews several times helps you answer different common interview questions an interviewer will ask you and understand the best way of answering them.
The idea is not to memorize any specific answer, but to gain confidence in addressing any such similar questions and have ideas clearer in your mind to answer them.
Practicing mock interviews over a call with friends or family members helps you to let go of any nervousness you experience during a real interview.
Mock Interview Preparation Tips
1. Choose a partner as an interviewer
The first step includes choosing the right partner who can act as an interviewer and ask different interview questions.
You can choose anyone - a colleague, friend, family member who has an understanding of this and can tell you how you performed at the end.
2. Prepare the interview setting
Although it’s an informal setting of an interview, it is important to arrange a formal setting to get a feel of a real interview.
This helps you to take it more seriously and answer the interview questions properly.
Choose a suitable and quiet environment in your house where there is the least distraction.
3. Keep your resume in front of you
While having a mock telephonic or personal interview, keep your resume handy to have access to any important information.
This helps you to remember what you have mentioned in your resume and answer accordingly.
4. Dress appropriately
It is again important to dress appropriately, as you do for a real interview.
Dressing professionally influences your performance during a mock interview and prepares you to understand how you should present yourself in front of the interviewer.
Even if you are attending any telephonic interview, dressing appropriately helps you make the process more serious.
5. Record it & take feedback
It is a best practice to record your mock interview for evaluation purposes.
Share it and discuss it with the person who played the role of an interviewer with you and take feedback on your performance.
Take several other rounds of interview to improve based on the feedback you receive.
Check your tone and facial expressions to see if it needs further improvement.
This will help you to gain confidence and prepare better.
All the best!