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Mock Interviews

The anticipation of a job interview can be extremely anxiety provoking for some as your mind envisages all manner of scenarios and because of how the mind works, most of these thoughts will be of disasters! Of course, this is just overthinking and for the vast majority of interview situations, the experienced interviewing panel will focus on putting you at ease as they are aware that interviews can be difficult.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 30, 2024

The anticipation of a job interview can be extremely anxiety provoking for some as your mind envisages all manner of scenarios and because of how the mind works, most of these thoughts will be of disasters! Of course, this is just overthinking and for the vast majority of interview situations, the experienced interviewing panel will focus on putting you at ease as they are aware that interviews can be difficult.

Can you practice an interview situation? Of course you can and everyone has heard the saying ‘practice makes perfect’. The more you practice anything, then the easier it becomes. Simulating a job interview through a mock session is an invaluable tool and one which is often underestimated. This interview practice not only helps candidates refine their responses and polish their presentation skills but also plays a crucial part in building confidence and therefore reducing anxiety. Mock interviews can be practiced anywhere at any time.

Mock interviews offer a safe space for candidates to make as many mistakes as they like but the important factor is that for every mistake they make, they go on to learn from it. By replicating the interview experience, individuals can then identify their own areas of weakness. This could be in their verbal responses, body language or even presentation. This self awareness is essential for improving how an individual conducts themselves in an interview and will ensure that they are much better equipped in a real interview situation.

Importantly, mock interviews offer the opportunity to receive constructive feedback. Whether the mock interview is conducted by friend, mentor, peer or family member, having an external perspective can uncover areas for improvement that may potentially have gone unnoticed. Constructive criticism during a mock interview can be a catalyst for personal and professional growth, allowing candidates to refine their communication skills and address any grey areas.

The confidence which is gained through mock interviews is invaluable. Feeling nervous both before and after an interview is extremely common but by experiencing regular simulated versions of interviews can help an individual feel far more comfortable with the process. Confidence in an interview is about what an individual can  articulate but also how they articulate it so the mock interviews provide a platform to practice your tone, content, presentation and body language.

In a real interview situation, a candidate could be faced with some totally unexpected questions so practicing both answering commonly asked questions and not so common questions can ensure that they are thinking ‘on their feet’ and are able to appropriately respond.

Mock interviews can be tailored to suit specific industries and different job roles. This will help the candidate to focus on skills and attributes that align to the position, ensuring they are well prepared for any unique challenges of their target job market. It is wise to get a variety of different people to act as the mock interviewer as this way each interview will be unique.

The importance of practicing for job interviews can not be overstated. They serve as a dynamic and interactive tool for refining skills, building confidence and gaining insights. It elevates the candidate for success and increases their chances of making a positive and lasting impression in the competitive landscape of job interviews.

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