‘Practice makes perfect’ as the saying goes and job interviews aren’t excluded from that age-old and tiresome introductory idiom. Except it’s hard to practice for a job interview if you’re in employment because, well, when will you ever find yourself in a weekly situation where you have to interview?
It’s unfair to go up for jobs you have no interest in taking to practice, so your only option, employed or otherwise, is to practice your job interview technique in your room with a camera. It’s horribly awkward, we know, but it’s truly the best way to get your interview skills up to scratch.
Going through with a mock interview requires the same patience and grit that makes all these Vloggers so successful. Once you get over the crevasse of cringe, you’ll realise that staging interviews are the best way to prepare yourself for the real thing. Here is a three step plan from The Muse to simulating an interview without creasing yourself to death.
1. Question everything
Think about the job you’re going to doing and come up with the hardest, most antagonising questions the interviewer could come up with. If you prepare for the worst, you’ll be surprised at how deft your abilities will be during the crunch.
Look at your CV for any blind spots since your interviewer might choose to pick up on them and review the job description to make sure you believe you’re qualified to do the role.
2. Lights, camera, action
Okay, this is horrific. Make sure no-one is home and maybe have a whisky or two before attempting this (but not the actual interview). If recording yourself makes you nervous, roll with it – you’ll most likely be nervous on the day. Practice answering questions multiple times but don’t overdo it, you don’t want to sound rehearsed when it comes to the real thing.
3. Constructive criticise yourself
The importance of this part isn’t to nitpick at your personal appearance or subtle mannerisms. You’ve got to be objective and pick out weaknesses in your answers like where you should have developed your point more or went off on tangents – not that a piece of hair was hanging over your face.