A good interview depends on making a great first impression. In your interview, being punctual, dressing well, and, most importantly, communicating effectively, might make all the difference. By leverage technology such as, Interviewing.com (previously InterviewStream), you can practice your interview skills and receive feedback on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
Preparing for your practice interview
By practicing your interview skills, you can reduce your anxiety and strengthen your interview performance. Prior to practicing, it is important to understand the position details and research the company you’re interested in. Know your objectives and the reasons why you are applying. Make sure you are prepared for your interview by knowing the location, date, and time of the interview, and dress to impress! Also, practice, practice, practice! Play around with the webcam and ensure your eyes are on the camera. Just as though you were having a discussion with someone seated in front of you. While it might seem strange at first, the more you practice looking at the webcam rather than the interviewer on the display, the more at ease you will be.
Tips for virtual practice interviews
When you are completing a virtual practice interview, there might be a time frame set for you to respond within (e.g. 2 minutes). You might also have the chance retry your answer if you are not happy with your first attempt to answer a question. Depending on whether you set up your own practice interview or if it was created by an employer or staff member, this might not be a factor. When responding to questions, be yourself. Inhale deeply, relax, smile, and allow your true self to shine. Employers not only evaluate candidates based on their responses, but they also consider your personality and how you present yourself.
Take advantage of tools such as Interviewing.com to help you get prepared for your next job interview. It will help you build confidence and shed the nerves that come with the interview process.
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Written by Nicholas Siena, Career Assistant
Edited by Kara Renaud, Manager of Career Education, CCEE Department