Jul 25, 2018 - 08:12 AM
In a mock interview, you can enlist the help of a friend or visit a career center and pretend to go through a real interview. Your mock interviewer can use a mixture of common interview questions, one that are specific to the job you want, and perhaps a few surprise questions. Practicing your responses can help you feel confident and feedback can let you know if there's a better way to say something.
Looking at the recording after a mock interview lets you look at your posture, what you're doing with your hands, and other important physical tells that can harm your chances during an interview. LiveCareer goes into more detail here about ways to practice for an interview.
Another way to prepare is with informational interviews. This practice includes your potential employer but is not an actual interview. It gives you a chance to find out if there are any red flags about your appearance and demeanor.
Feb 24, 2020 - 04:54 PM
The more you prepare for standard interview questions such as Tell me about yourself," the less anxious you will feel and the easier it will be to connect with the interviewer. In addition, be prepared to talk about specific examples of results you've achieved in similar positions. You also want to be up on the latest news regarding the company so that you can ask pertinent questions – interviewers want to know that you're truly interested in working there and can discuss trends in the industry.
When you practice for your interview, it also means practicing for the non-verbal parts. Try on all your interview duds to make sure they still fit and are in good shape; practice your route to the interview to make sure you know where to park, or know where the closest public transit stop is; and ask a friend to film you answering some questions or introducing yourself. This will help you spot problems such as saying "uh" too much or fiddling with your hair.
For more information on interviews, check out LiveCareer's Interviews section, which offer advice on interview prep and guidance on how to handle a variety of interview questions.