Mock interviews are a great way to prepare for the big day
How are you at job interviews? Calm, cool, and collected? Or a nervous wreck? One of the worst mistakes a job seeker can make is “winging it” on the day of a job interview. Even if you are a confident speaker and a good fit for the job, it’s always important to practice!
While you can never know what the interviewer will ask, there are some key questions that you can practice. The more you practice them, the more you can zero in on good phrases that really describe what you have to offer. Next time you have a job interview scheduled, try practicing with these mock job interview questions.
Examples of job interview questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- Describe what makes you qualified for this job.
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What education/training do you have that is relevant to this job?
- What are your strongest job skills?
- What past work experience have you had?
- What do you like about this career field?
- Talk about a situation where you faced a conflict and how you managed it.
- Describe your experience in working with a difficult person and how you handled it.
- How would other people describe you?
- What strengths would you bring to this position? What weaknesses?
- Describe an example of team work and how you worked as part of a team.
- Describe how you manage multiple responsibilities.
- Give an example of a time when you were proactive.
- What are your career goals in the next three to five years?
- What are your plans for continuous improvement of your job skills?
Ways to practice
When you are ready to practice these questions, make sure you allow yourself enough time to really do it well. Here are some techniques to make the most out of these sample interview questions:
- Practice in front of a mirror
- Take a video of yourself and use it to critique yourself
- Memorize key phrases that sound good
- Observe your body language; be sure it is open and friendly
- Ask a friend or mentor to ask you the questions
- Set up a mock interview at your Career Services department
Using this advice to help prepare for your job interview will be well worth the effort. For most people, the more they practice, the less nervous they are when the day arrives. Most importantly, when the day of the interview arrives, put your best foot forward, take a deep breath, and go for it! Good luck!
For more interview advice, try Three Interview Tips to Help You Get It Right.
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