How to rehearse for your next job interview

They say practice makes perfect, even when attending job interviews. Without preparation, you will most likely fail to land the job you applied for. Open Access BPO, a call center in the Philippines, explains how you can prepare for your big day by rehearsing ahead of time.

The need for preparation can never be emphasized more when going to a job interview. Many people spend time preparing for the stages prior to the interview, including résumé building, networking, and shortlisting job opportunities, but they still fail during the actual job interview. The number one reason? Lack of planning and preparation.

Do not assume that your job interview’s success relies only on your skill set or job experiences. You also need to rehearse before the big day. Rehearsing before the interview can help you come up with responses that sound mature and professional. It will also prevent you from fumbling or worse, being lost for ideas.

How to rehearse effectively

The goal must never to memorize exact responses to interview questions. The mock interview will serve as a brainstorming activity that will allow you to easily present ideas related to your job experiences and expertise since they have been extracted before the actual day of interview. As a result, your confidence level will be raised since you are going to be more familiar with the interview environment.

Start by asking a relative or friend to act as your interviewer. Then, select a suitable setting where you can conduct the practice interview. Remind your “interviewer” to stay in character all throughout the interview. If possible, choose someone who belongs to the same professional field that you are planning to work in so that he can use terminologies that are exclusively used in your desired position.

Ideally, your practice interview must be done at a venue that you are not too familiar with. A fixed schedule must also be set. You must also have your résumé with you. Ask your interviewer to research on your prospective company’s background and prepare questions ahead of time. Without being too specific, your interviewer should come up with difficult or challenging situations that may happen in an actual interview.

What if you’re on your own?

If there is no one who can rehearse with you, the best option is to record yourself while answering to random job-related questions that you can think of. You can use your phone, laptop, or any gadget, as long as they allow you to study your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Intonation, eye contact, and body language should be carefully monitored and adjusted until you are pleased with what you are seeing and hearing. An alternative to self-recording is rehearsing in front of the mirror.

Regardless of the rehearsal method you are using, it’s important that you carry out your practice interview as if it’s real. Therefore, you must dress up as if you are actually going to an interview and meet your employer.

Since preparing for your job interview can be your key to landing the job, rehearsing what you have to say ahead of time needs to be part of your preparatory measures. Since the pressure can make you crumble and fail miserably, it’s important that you exert efforts in ensuring that you are in your best shape when you go to your interview and prove that you are worthy of the job.