It is almost inevitable at some stage you will have some sort of interview, whether it be for that first graduate job or possibly a postgraduate course.
This can be in person, by telephone or even Skype, but the basics remain the same. You need to convince the interviewer that you have the motivation and skills they require.
Preparation is an important factor for any interview but you can never fully predict how the interview will be structured and what may be asked. Practise can offer that key insight into the interview process where it all comes together in terms of you communicating effectively verbally and through your general demeanour and body language.
The Career Zone often has employers offering “mock” interviews which provide the opportunity to have a realistic interview scenario with an experienced recruiter. It doesn’t need to be your ideal employer or your dream job to be valuable. You will face a challenging interaction with someone who will explore your motivation and test the evidence of your skills by discussion of your actions and achievements. It is not only what you say but how you come across, so the great benefit of a mock interview is the opportunity to practise and receive detailed feedback on your performance. Feedback is not always an option when you have “real” interviews and of course your graduate future is not dependent on the outcome of the mock interview.
How to find mock interviews in My Career Zone
Login to My Career Zone and click on the Events tab. Enter ‘interviews’ into the search tab to see what upcoming sessions are taking place. These opportunities get filled up quickly so it’s a good idea to book early to avoid disappointment; it could be the experience that gives you the edge in your future career.
Take a look at some of our interview resources in My Career Zone.