Practice for Your Interviews

Day 26 of 30 Days to Your Dream Job

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Now that you have selected an appropriate interview outfit and researched the organization, it is time to prepare for the actual interview questions.

Below is a list of steps you can take today to prepare yourself for any interview.

Make a List of Your Qualifications

Look back at the original job listing, and make a list of the job qualifications. Then, make a list of your skills and experiences as they relate to those qualifications. This will help you answer important questions about why you are a good fit for the job.

Create a List of Questions and Answers

Make a list of common interview questions and think about how you would answer each one. Also think about industry-specific questions you might be asked. You can even find examples of interview questions asked at the company on sites like Glassdoor. Make sure you know how you would answer each question.

You do not want to memorize an answer word for word, because you would sound robotic during an interview. Instead, jot down a few notes for each interview question to remind yourself of the key ideas you want to address in each answer.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way to prepare for an interview is to practice in a setting as similar to the actual interview as possible.

Ask a friend or family member to interview you. Have them ask you questions from the list of interview questions you wrote. Ask them to give you constructive feedback about the way you answered the questions, your body language, your professionalism, etc.

You can also practice on your own. Write the interview questions down on flashcards, and practice answering the questions in different orders. Practice answering the questions in a mirror. You can also record your voice or, better yet, film yourself. Look back at the footage to see how well you answered each question. Assess your body language, your eye contact and your tone of voice.

Create an interview space in which you will conduct your practice interviews. Go to a coffee shop or clean off your kitchen table. If a friend is helping you practice, have him or her sit across from you. Wearing your interview outfit will help the experience feel more authentic.

By preparing answers to questions, you will be more confident walking into the actual interview. Rather than struggling to answer each question during the interview, you will be able to focus on connecting with the interviewer.