Interview preparation is crucial for success. The more you prepare, the more likely you are to answer questions effectively, remain confident, and show the employer that you are ready for the position. Part of preparation is simply planning answers to common interview questions and researching the company, but while that will supply you with good answers, they are not preparing you for the interview itself. All they are preparing you for are the questions.
Interviews are stressful. You sit in a room, alone with a stranger. You have to answer expected and unexpected questions knowing that each answer may affect whether or not you get the job. You not only have to share the answers you prepared, but you have to share them with confidence, in a way that interview appreciates.
That’s hard. That’s stressful. No matter how many answers you prepared, the experience of being in a job interview is much different than writing down answers for yourself. That is why you need to look into how you can reduce job interview stress and you should strongly consider holding some mock interviews.
Benefits of a Mock Interview
Mock interviews allow you to simulate real interviews with someone that you are comfortable with. They still require that you try to answer questions effectively, but your employment is not at risk, allowing you to answer them with less stress.
Benefits of mock interviews include:
- Learning to answer interview questions to a real person.
- Getting used to the interview environment.
- Garnering feedback from someone you trust.
Mock interviews can prepare you for the experience of a real interview in ways that few things can, making them highly beneficial for applicants preparing for a tough job interview. In the next post, we’ll take a look at who to choose to conduct the mock interview, followed by a post on the best way to conduct your mock interview effectively.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Mock interviews have a lot of benefits.
- Studies have shown that mock interviews reduce the stress of real interviews.