Practicing Your Job Interview Skills - Makes A Perfect Job Interview
As with every skill you've ever learned, you have to learn the technique for interviewing and then practice, practice, practice.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
As after any workout you may feel overwhelmed (sore muscles). Don't despair. It will get easier after the groundwork is done. It is very important that you continue to work out. Practice, practice, practice, and become stronger, smoother, and more comfortable.
The goal is not to become over-rehearsed and stiff, but to be prepared and natural. Can you imagine an actor going into a performance without a rehearsal? This is your time to prepare and rehearse.
It is important that you continue to work on your communication skills. If you feel you need one-on-one help, consider working with a professional, or work with a friend or relative who will give you positive and constructive feedback. It is also important that you practice the right way. If you keep practicing, but are repeating mistakes, you will not improve. Think about a tennis or golf swing - it takes a pro to show you the right way.
Maybe you won't get a job offer every time, but preparation will greatly improve your chances and your confidence. Treat each interview as a new learning experience. You may even begin to enjoy the process - some people do!
The Mock Interview
Try the mock interview you might like it. You will get valuable feedback needed to improve.
As with every skill you've ever learned, you have to learn the technique and then practice, practice, practice.
Julia is an accomplished tennis player who has worked on her stroke and technique for many years. She has taken lessons from pros, and listened to their advice when they gave Her their critiques.
Julia is now seeking a job. She feels that she knows her subject, but doesn't feel good about how her last three interviews have turned out no offers. Julia begins to think she might need some work on her interviewing style, and decides to get help. She looks for a pro to put her through practice where she can gain feedback and tips. This was the way she conquered her tennis game. Why not with her interviewing techniques?
Working with a professional and getting feedback on your performance through a mock interview is similar to working with a sports coach to learn how to improve your game. Both will enable you to learn where your strengths lie and where you may need work to improve your performance. Time spent practicing will assist you greatly in either situation. An added bonus to preparing and practicing is the self-confidence you will gain. In today's competitive world, you must be prepared, be in top shape, and most of all, believe in yourself.
What happens in a mock interview?
An in-person session is a mock interview videotaped and critiqued. You will view the tape with the coach and discuss your performance body language, facial expressions, eye contact, general enthusiasm, your answers. (Usually, one to two hour sessions). A phone-session will be audio-taped. You will listen to the tape played back and critiqued by the coach. You will received feedback about your answers, your enthusiasm, your use of language, your tone how you are being perceived. There is tremendous value in learning the proper techniques from a coach and then practicing them. When you devote the same energy to the interview process as you do to your golf or tennis game you will find new confidence and become a winner!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carole Martin is a celebrated author, trainer, and mentor. Carole can give you interviewing tips like no one else can. Try her practice interview and pick up a copy of her FREE 9-part "Interview Success Tips" report by visiting Carole on the web at The Interview Coach