The longer your job search drags on, the more you start to doubt your interviewing abilities. Or worse—you start to doubt your skills and experience as a job candidate, which in turn affects your interview confidence. You may begin to ask yourself, "What are employers really looking for in a job candidate?" The good news is we can help you understand just what you need to convey in a job interview to stand out to employers and finally land that dream job.
Mock interviews provide candidates with an opportunity to test out their job interview skills with someone who isn't evaluating them for an actual job. If you're a college student, mock job interviews may be offered through career services for students or recent alumni. If you're already in the professional world, a mock job interview could be done with a trusted colleague, professional connection, or friend. Never do a mock interview with a family member.
Here are some of the benefits of a mock interview.
Prospective employers love to ask you behavioral interview questions (also called situational interview questions). These kinds of questions dig a little deeper into what makes you tick. The answers to behavioral interview questions reveal how you have handled real-world situations in the past, which predict how you will probably behave in similar situations in the future. More importantly, they show an employer how you approach and solve problems—which is a valuable thing to know about a potential employee.