10 Top Tips for Job Interview Practice
Do you want to know how to really ace that big interview? Want to build confidence and turn your weaknesses into strengths? Look no further! AvatarJo presents 10 top tips for how to prepare to not just survive the interviewing process, but to thrive and shine.
1. Practice makes perfect: Ah, that overused saying that has been recycled for eternity. But it really is true. Though no interview will ever be 'perfect', using mock interviews to rehearse for the real deal will undoubtedly help, as experience is at the heart of learning.
One way to do this would be using a friend or family member to talk through some questions. However, our specially trained actors will use the details you specify to replicate the dynamics of real job interviews. Our sessions are stress-free test runs in which you will receive instant, valuable, and constructive feedback on your performance.
2. Identify type of interview: The type of interview could alter how you need to practice. How formal is it? Is it a group or individual interview?
3. Create a list of common interview questions: The same questions appear time and time again within interviews. Researching ahead of the interview will help to eliminate elements of the guesswork involved.
Like preparing for an exam, flashcards are handy; write a question and then jot down the key points you would include in an answer. Do not script responses! This will appear forced and unnatural. Instead, use bullet points and practice talking around them.
4. Research: You would not take an exam without studying, so why would you go to an interview without researching and practising beforehand.
Cultural fit questions, such as “why do you want to work at our company?”, rely on a knowledge of the business. Hiring managers will remember you if your answers are tailored to the company’s values.
5. Work on your weaknesses: Mock interviews will help you to identify where both your weaknesses and strengths lie.
Open and honest feedback is essential. You might be speaking too quickly for them to understand, or you might be rambling.
6. Play to your strengths: If you are a great storyteller, include anecdotes relevant to the question. Trying out your answers on someone will allow you to see if your responses have the desired effect.
7. Think first impressions: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” An interviewer will formulate an opinion based on the first four seconds of meeting someone.
It is hard to know how you come across. Friends and family, although we love them, often lack objectivity. So, having a stranger interview you will give you new insights into how to make a positive first impression.
8. Body language/Smile: Similarly, your body language contributes to the way in which you are perceived by others. Even if you are a nervous wreck, the right body language and a simple smile can communicate confidence and enthusiasm.
9. Keep positive: “Nobody likes a Negative Nancy.” You need to practice using positive vocabulary, as this will contribute to your likeability, even if it is subconsciously.
For instance, if asked about your weaknesses, highlight an area in which you have previously struggled. Then, move swiftly on to explain how you are working to grow and develop. This will show self-awareness and proactivity.
10. Visualisation: Using visualisation techniques can help to reduce anxiety and inspire self-belief. Whilst practising, visualise your interviews. Also, creating a memory of a successful interview can help to achieve this confidence-boosting effect.
Want to create a memory of a positive and rewarding interview experience?
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