Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing your answers, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
Practicing for the interview helps you feel confident and focused on the interviewer, not stressed out about what you're going to say. There are several options for you; from do-it-yourself, to fee-based services. If you choose to do this on your own, you'll want to mirror an actual interview as closely as possible. Set up a space that is conducive to interviews, dress the part, and have a friend or family member play the part of the interviewer. You can also create flashcards that will allow you to shuffle them and be comfortable answering in any order.
Be sure to record yourself so that you assess your body language and confidence as you answer the questions. This technique takes time and effort, but your practice will be designed specifically for your desired job. You may also want to consider the many online fee-based interview practice programs. They provide a pressure free environment that will give you randomized questions with little work on your part. If you decide to go this route, you will want to find a program that can provide you questions based on your industry and role of interest.
For example, jobjuice.com provides specific questions for the MBA market and recommends frameworks for responses. The disadvantage of fee-based services is that they don't provide you with specific questions based on the job you're after. Regardless of the method you choose, the more you practice, the better prepared you will be for the interview. Next, we will focus on the appropriate questions you will ask to help convey your interest and suitability for the job.
- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.