Did you advance to the interview rounds of your application? First of all, congratulations! Now it's time to prepare! Here are the top 15 common mock interview questions that you should practice.
You’ve cut through the resume algorithms through strategic networking and made it to the next round of what’s hopefully your dream career.
Now, there’s just one thing standing in the way of you and your next role - the interview process!
Here at WorkWell, we work with thousands of clients to ensure they are prepared and comfortable for the, oftentimes, challenging multiple rounds of interviews.
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In this blog, we’re going to walk you through how to prepare for your next interview by practicing mock interviews, including the 15 most commonly asked questions you should practice.
Let’s dive in!
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for any interview round is by practicing the questions in advance with your friends, peers, or family members.
This is what we call “mock interviews”.
Simply grab somebody close to you and reenact exactly how you think the interview round will go.
By practicing in advance, you can work on the best way to answer each question, and get out all of your misspeaks, nerves, and jitters before the live event.
And if you don’t have someone to mock interview with but want to get some practice in, recording yourself on video is a super helpful tool, too!
Before beginning your mock interview, make sure you have researched the company and team that you are applying for. You’ll want to stay away from generic answers, and instead, personalize your pitch for the exact role you are after.
Additionally, it’s equally important to focus on your posture, body language, and tone of voice throughout the mock interview process.
Make strong eye contact with the interviewer or camera, sit up straight, and practice breathing deeply. Pro tip: if eye contact isn’t accessible to you for any reason, you can look at someone between the eyes on their forehead, they won’t notice a difference!
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Once you’ve completed your research and practiced your breathing and body language, it’s time to dive into the questions.
While you can never be sure exactly what the interviewer is going to ask, the more you prepare and practice in advance, the better off you will be. We like to remind clients that interviewers are evaluating your skills based on the questions they ask! So as you prepare your responses, consider which skills are relevant to the role and make sure those come through in the stories you share. The more practice you have highlighting your skills through relevant stories, the more confident you will feel answering any question that comes your way!
It may help to write out your stories or use bullet points and then verbally practice. Ideally, once you start practicing out loud and getting helpful feedback, you will be comfortable and present in your interviews, which is more powerful than a perfectly recited story. The more prepared you feel, the less nervous you will be in the actual interview itself.
Now go out there and share your beautiful stories because that is what the interviewer is looking for! You’ve got this!
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Until next time!