Practice Interviewing

 The purpose of Practice Interviewing is to simulate as closely as possible a real, live job interview.

In this way, the job candidate can practice his/her listening, conversation, and articulation skills to communicate effectively and positively, based on the confidence obtained through practice.

Practice Interviewing also tests the interviewees content and delivery, and highlights areas of strength and those areas that need improvement.

Practice Interviewing will help reduce interview anxiety, improve interview skills, and in many cases, gain important feedback about interview performance.  Another key area of emphasis is the importance of tailoring interview responses to the individual job.

 How To Get Started

  1. 1Sign up at a Monday Meeting, or complete the Contact Us form on the BBJ website (Note: If you sign up at the meeting, please write or print clearly)
  2. 2. Note any special considerations (e.g. this is a preparation for a specific live interview – describe in some detail)
  3.  A practice interview will be scheduled at a time that works for you and the interviewer (s)

 Guidelines and Preparation

  • Practice Interviewing is most effective when it is conducted around a ‘live’ scheduled upcoming employment interview
  • Practice interviews can be conducted immediately our BBJ Monday morning meetings, or during the coming week, schedules permitting.
  • Your interview options include one-on-one, or a two-on-one format depending on the where you are in the candidate selection process.
  • It is requested that a timely response is sent to all emails regarding interview scheduling and preparation of the practice interview
  • Punctuality regarding the Practice Interview is essential – just as it would be on a ‘real’ interview
  • A current copy of your Employment Resume must be forwarded to the Practice Interview team prior to the actual practice interview

 Key Focus Areas covered during the Practice Interview:

  • How to formulate and express your differentiating characteristics
  • Your delivery and communication skills
  • Effective use of personal as well as professional experience
  • Setting a tone of self-confidence and self-esteem in your approach
  • Use of results-oriented answers that align with the job description
  • How to reduce fear and intimidation
  • How to manage behavioral, personal and situational analysis questions

After The Interview

You will receive direct written and verbal feedback from the interview, with areas of strength and weakness identified, and specific recommendations for improved interview performance.

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