Job Interview Practice
It is always a good idea for a job applicant to prepare questions and answers before an interview. However, it is important to note that making a list of questions to ask and answers that you can use to respond to the questions that an interviewer may ask is usually not enough to succeed in an interview. This is because a question or an answer is only as good as your ability to deliver it so you have to know how to deliver each response. In most cases, this simply means that you should work on your delivery through some basic job interview practice.
First, find a mirror that allows you to see as much of your body as possible or a friend that is willing to be a "mirror." This will allow you to practice your facial expressions, your gestures, your posture, and other similar types of body language in front of a mirror or another person. If you're in front of a mirror, deliver each response as clearly and concisely as you can making sure that you're sitting with a smile on your face, your feet on the ground, your eyes directly ahead, and your shoulders up. If your job interview practice is taking place in front of an actual person, deliver each response in the same way, but make sure that you are looking at the individual's eyes. As you continue to deliver each response, use the mirror or ask your friend to look for hand movements, leg movements, or any other type of body movement that may indicate that you are nervous. These movements are normal as everyone gets nervous at an interview and almost every interviewer is aware of this fact, but you will be able to better control your anxiety (or at least better able to hide it) if you practice delivering responses without these movements.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014