Mock interview

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A mock interview is an emulation of an interview used for training purposes. The interview tries to resemble a real interview as closely as possible, and provides experience for the candidate. The mock interview helps the job applicant learn what is expected in a job interview, and improves the applicant's self-presentation. Mock interviews are often videotaped, and the candidate is shown the tape after the session, along with feedback from the interviewer. The mock interview coach will provide constructive feedback on all aspects of the interview process. Mock interviews are most common for job interviews, but may also be used to train people to handle journalists.

The mock interview coach will try to make the interview as realistic as possible. Many of the questions asked are interview questions from actual employers. The mock interview and critique will last approximately one hour. The mock interview takes about 20 minutes, then the job seeker and coach watch the interview and discuss the job seeker's performance.

The mock interview coach's level of direct experience in the industry or field of interest for the job seeker can make the mock interview more or less effective. This is the case because mock interview coaches can best help job seekers when they have insights into what hiring managers are looking for and can gauge how well job seekers are answering the questions. While there are many career coaches who provide a full suite of services to help job seekers figure out their career path, niche websites exist that focus on helping job seekers with their interviewing skills. Examples of these sites include Prept and Evisors.

The mock interview focuses on self-knowledge, past experiences, knowledge of the industry the applicant wishes to enter, and how well the applicant can convey that information. The job seeker gains the most experience from the mock interview if it is treated as an actual interview. The mock interview is a safe place to practice interview skills and gain feedback. It is also an area to gain the confidence and experience of giving an actual employment interview.

This is also conducted in companies to address clients with confidence and learn certain things which are required for the meeting.