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Practicing skills during “mock” interviews sounds like a good idea.  Is there any research to show how much it helps, and how can I set one up?
Posted by careersingov
Asked on May 14, 2013 8:55 am

I am unaware of any research on the topic, however anecdotal reports suggest that mock interviews can be very helpful. These simulations build candidate confidence, put applicants at ease, and help familiarize them with many generic questions such as, “tell us about yourself” or “what would you say are your strengths and weaknesses”. Family and friends may be able to help serve as mock interviewers if their professional backgrounds fit. Many college career centers offer practice interview sessions, as do career “coaches” and other career centers. If preparing for a promotional interview within your organization, you may wish to approach colleagues or supervisors with a request to serve as mock panelists. In such circumstances, questions tend to be more specific to the organization and may be most helpful. Do not be put off if a request is declined as you may have inadvertently asked someone already committed to serve on the real interview panel. Consider video taping your session for maximum critique value.

Posted by Mark F. Weinberg
Answered On May 23, 2013 7:32 pm