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A mock interview is an emulation of a job 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. When done in-person the coach may offer the candidate feedback immediately following the interview. Online or virtual interviews may provide feedback in real time or deliver it at a later date.
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