A job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you have been removed from the job market for an extended period of time. It is one thing to sell on paper with the resume and another thing to sell in person at the interview.
Regardless of whether you have been out of a job for an extended period of time, are looking to change careers, or are still employed and seeking a better opportunity, the key to conducting a job interview successfully is a result of a number of factors and being aware of these factor plays a major role in how to prepare for an interview.
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.
It's completely normal to feel nervous before a job interview. But once you're face-to-face with the interviewer, you know you'll succeed. You're qualified. You meet all the requirements for the position. And...you really want the job. Your nerves will go away because you have confidence in yourself.
But, what if those nerves worsen once your interview begins? What if you struggle to stay confident during job interviews?
After a long day at work, sometimes all you want to do is sit on the couch, eat a bag of chips, and zone out watching television. The thought of attending a networking event seems so daunting. Not only do you have to give up free time, but you also may have to talk with strangers.
With this type of mindset, it's easy to see why so many people are apprehensive about the concept of networking. However, when you avoid networking, you miss out on so many great opportunities.