The Benefits of Job Interview Rehearsal

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Although mock interviews may seem a little bit silly, there are a number of benefits to doing them. The number one benefit is that you will be better prepared than most of your competition also applying for the job.

There are a number of approaches to setting up your practice sessions. The primary approach is to take the process very seriously. This means you need to do some research in advance of any practice sessions. Too many times job applicants think they can "bluff" their way through an interview with charm and poise. In today's competitive market the job always goes to the applicant who has knowledge to go along with charm and poise.

Job interviewers are usually professionally trained in Human Resources. They can see through an unprepared applicant within a few minutes of the interview.

So, what should you do to prepare?

First, you should go on the Internet and look for information related to being successful at interviews. Your Public Library should also be a good source of information. You may also have a local Department of Labor office that can provide tips towards being more successful at interviews.

Once you have compiled enough information, make a list of common interview questions but throw in some tough ones as well. Ask your friends and family members to role play with you for mock interviews based on those questions. Be sure to answer with professional responses, just as if you would in real job interview and be ready to accept suggestions as to how to improve your answers.

Dress as if you are at an actual interview. If the job you are applying for requires a suit and tie, wear them during your mock interview. Make it as realistic as possible.

You can also practice your answers in front of your mirror or even a video camera. While this approach may seem foolish, it can help you practice your facial expressions and demeanor. You are after good eye contact, not staring, just sincere eye contact during your responses.

Even if this isn't your first job interview, such practice will certainly mitigate some of the nervousness associated with interviews. Many job seekers find that holding mock job interviews with their friends or family members helps to ease nervousness because they can make many mistakes without fear of criticism. Because of this, many also have reported a slight increase in confidence.

The goal of a mock or practice interview is to help you prepare for the actual interview but there is more to practice than just questions and answers. This preparation includes giving a proper greeting, as well as departing properly from a job interview. When entering the room, look the interviewer in the eye as you are seated. If they offer a handshake greeting, give a firm handshake, not squeezing, and a smile as you exchange greetings.

As you leave the interview, smile, look them in the eye, and offer your handshake. Thank the interviewer for the opportunity and ask when you might be hearing about their decision. Then, follow up within a day or two to see where they are in the interviewing process.

These tips should help you handle job interviews more successfully.

Jim DeSantis is a former TV News Director who provides cutting edge employment tactics at his blog. Get Job Interview Scripts and Guaranteed Resume techniques - here!  

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