Practice these mock questions to get more comfortable with interviewing
If you are like most people, you will feel nervous at your first job interview. In fact, even if it is your tenth or twentieth interview, you might still get nervous. This is a natural feeling. After all, a job interview is a high-stakes event that can affect the direction of your career.
One way to help calm your nerves is to get a lot of practice with mock interview questions. Preparing for an interview will help you feel less nervous when the big day comes. While there is no way to know exactly what the interviewer will ask, these sample questions can help you get more comfortable with the interview process.
Practice job interview questions
1. Tell us about yourself.
2. Why are you applying for this position?
3. What are your qualifications for this position?
4. Describe your education and your training and how it qualifies you for the job.
5. Describe your responsibilities in your previous job.
6. Why did you choose this career field?
7. Talk about a problem you faced or a mistake you made in a past job and how you handled it.
8. Describe a difficult boss or co-worker and how you interacted with them.
9. How would other people describe you?
10. Give an example from a previous job where you acted proactively.
11. What does teamwork mean to you?
12. What do you think are your strongest traits that you will bring to this job?
13. What are your weakness (or challenges) that could impact this job?
14. What are your career goals in the next three to five years?
15. What are your plans for continuing to improve your career knowledge?
How to use the sample interview questions
In order to make the most out of these sample questions, it’s important to spend some time constructing responses to the questions. There are several ways you can use the sample questions to prepare for your interview. Here are some tips:
- Practice the questions by yourself. Think up responses, say them out loud, and then re-work them until you are happy with how you sound.
- Next, ask for help. Ask a friend, classmate, or mentor to play the role of the interviewer and ask you the questions. Ask them for honest feedback on how you can improve.
- Make a video. One great tip for improving yourself is to video record yourself answering the questions. This way you can see how you look and hear how you sound.
- Schedule an appointment with Career Services. If you go to a career school that has a Career Services department, schedule a mock interview. The Career Services representative may ask you some of these same questions, but may also ask you some new questions. This gives you a great chance to practice how you will respond to unexpected questions. You can also practice dressing for the interview at this time.
We at ACMC want to wish you luck as you prepare for your next job interview. Remember, the interview is also your opportunity to find out more about your potential employer. You should prepare a list of questions that you will ask the employer. Asking questions will show that you are serious about the job. It will also help you find out more about the job and whether you will want to accept it if you get a job offer. Good luck…we are rooting for you!
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