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Why You Should Do a Mock Interview There are many reasons why you should do a mock interview, and pretty much no reasons why you shouldn’t. Here are the ones we believe to be the most important.

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Familiarise Yourself If you’ve never had an interview before, doing a mock is essential as when you get to a real interview scenario, it will not be completely alien to you. You will recognise the format and have that hugely reassuring feeling of having done it before.

How can I do a mock interview? Your university’s or education provider’s careers centre should run mock interviews, so get in touch with them to find out more. If you’re not currently in education, consider contacting your local job centre or the National Careers Service, to see if there are any on offer in your area. Or, ask a friend or family member to assist you – just make sure they provide you with honest feedback!

Whether you’ve had several interviews or very few, doing a mock interview can take you from being OK to being great. Rather than just giving you practice, the mock interviewer will provide you with in-depth feedback on each aspect of the interview. From the way you sat, to the wording of your responses, to your outfit, taking their feedback on board means you will not make the same mistakes next time when it really counts.

Rehearse Responses Doing a mock interview gives you that all-important opportunity to rehearse and decide on the prepared answers you will bring in to your real interview. If any of them fall flat or aren’t quite good enough, this is your chance to find out. The mock interviewer will also be able to offer you suggestions on what a better response would be. Ideal!

Looking for more interview advice? Check out these links: • 7 Questions to prepare for your interview • stand out from the crowd: group interviews • interview body language tips and even more articles on the career savvy blog

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