Interviewing for a job is all about first impressions. Not just with the clothing job seekers wear, but with how they carry themselves, their mannerisms and body language, their interactions with the people they meet and how well they handle face-to-face job interviews.
That’s why experts repeatedly tell job seekers that they need to practice before going to job interviews. That means taking advantage of one (or more) of the many options to participate in the job interview process.
Loved Ones Can Act as Job Interviewers
Sitting down with a friend or family member and role playing in order to really get a sense of what types of questions might be asked and how to best answer them is probably one of the easiest ways to practice for the next interview. And with all the online resources that offer practice interview questions, it should be easy for a loved one to find a whole list of potential questions that a recruiter or hiring manager might asked.
Just be sure to find someone who will take the practice seriously and can offer proper feedback. That includes setting aside sufficient time, finding a quiet space and selecting a list of ten or so interview questions in advance from a reliable source such as QuintCareers.com or Careerbuilder.com.
Informational Interview as Job Interview Practice
Not only are informational interviews a great networking tool, they can offer job seekers the opportunity to practice their interview techniques. Yes, the general purpose of an informational interview is to provide the job seeker an opportunity to connect with someone in the career or industry they would like to have.
However, being in an interview situation should always be looked upon as an opportunity to learn. That includes learning how to behave professionally and how to answer questions fluidly.
Local Community Services Offer Job Interview Workshops
For a great opportunity to really get hands on experience in the job interview process, check out local community service organizations or local colleges for job hunt workshops. Some may charge a fee, but it can be worth it.
Current college students should avail themselves of their campus career center for a full-range of job hunting tools. Non-students might want to start a search for community-based services by going to the online yellow pages and searching under “employment training.” Plus check with the state employment development department for guidance.
Practice Job Interviews Online at Better Talking
For those who want an added bonus or just like hearing themselves talk, check out Better Talking where a pre-recorded voice will handle the interview. It’s easy to do. Just sign up and get a PIN. Then call a toll-free number and answer a series of typical interview questions. That’s it!
Once the interview is over, Better Talking sends job seekers an email with a link so they can listen to how well they did. Job seekers can even share the information via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to get feedback from friends and family. It’s just one more tool to help job seekers improve their job interviewing skills.
No matter what method or methods job seekers use to practice for their next job interview – loved ones, informational interview, interview workshop or online – it is important to take the time and practice, practice, practice. Because everyone knows that practice makes perfect