Great Tips for Practicing Interviews

Start right now! Remember you’re not alone your family and friends want you to have that job. Even I want you to land the job of your dreams. It’s really weird when I first got out of the Navy I was so completely nervous every time I applied for a position let alone tried to even think about Interviews. My heart rate would go up. My hands would sweat. My mouth would dry out and taste like an old sock. So what helped – practicing interviews with a partner. I used my sister but you can use a friend or a family member. Also informational interviews can be a big help.

Find an Accountability Partner

Well there’s my first tip – practice your interview in front of a partner. This will help you get clarity on things you need to work on. Look for someone who has experience if you know someone who works in human resources use that person if they are willing. They can give you a perspective on what the recruiter or the hiring manager is looking for when they interview you. If you can try and get more than one person as nowadays you will end up with a panel interview so you need to practice making eye contact with multiple people when answering a question.

Try to refine your answers so they start sounding natural. Write down your answers and then practice them in front of a mirror. Practice making eye contact and how you gesture when you speak. This is difficult to do by yourself as you are always more at ease when you’re by yourself. However speaking out loud when your practice the dreaded “Tell me about yourself?” questions will really help you refine how you describe.

Plan Your Wardrobe

I have a winter suite and a summer suit basically because Dallas is extremely hot so having a lighter weight suite helps with making sure that I’m comfortable. The University of Sydney has a great sight on what you should where and why check it out here.

Research Company and Hiring Managers

Remember to research the company and the hiring manager, as well as anyone else you may be interviewing with. If you already have the interview make sure you research the company. If not you should probably start researching companies you want to work for. That way you can concentrate on getting to know the people you want to connect with to help open up opportunities within that company. Try for a half a dozen of companies within your area. Don’t just concentrate on ones you know take a look around within a 25 mile radius and see what’s available.

Practice Your Interview Closing

Remember you want to leave with the idea of either further interviews or when they expect to make a decision. Try for something like I really enjoyed speaking with you and would love to know the next steps. This article from Quint Careers has some great tips for closing the interview.

This should help you get started. Remember the more you prepare the smoother your interview should go and the less nervous you’ll be.

Best of luck in your job searching!

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