A mock interview mirrors an actual job interview. It gives you an opportunity to practice what to say and do during an interview and get feedback. Whether it’s face-to-face, online, or through a webcam, a mock interview is useful in reviewing your answers to common interview questions and assessing other factors such as your outfit, mannerisms, and body language.

As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” Doing a mock interview will show you your strong and weak points and boost your self-confidence.

How to Prepare for a Mock Interview

A mock interview is a practice interview, but you need to take it seriously, just as you would an actual job interview. Consider the mock interview as a dress rehearsal. Keep the following things in mind to ace your mock interview:

  • Choose the right mock interviewer. It’s easy to ask a friend or a family member, but if you want to get objective and honest feedback, you may want to ask someone with experience in interviewing job candidates. You can also choose a professional who works in your industry.
  • Choose a professional setting. You need a venue that simulates the environment of an office.
  • Be early. Arrive 15-30 minutes early.
  • Bring the necessary items. Don’t forget to bring your resume and any other documents you may need. Also, bring a notepad so that you can take notes from your mock interviewer’s feedback.
  • Dress smart and sharp. Wear the same kind of attire you expect to wear to the actual interview.
  • Prepare your answers to common interview questions, but don’t memorize them. You want to avoid sounding like a robot with canned responses. Bear in mind that you’re doing an interview not to take a test but to engage in a conversation to determine if you’re suitable for the job.