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08/21/09
Mock Interview Reflections. Washington
Filed under: Interviewing, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:24 am

Monday, it was delightful meeting 16
members
in the mock interviewing area
in Washington.  While
consultants look
carefully at body language, verbal

skills and listening skills for areas of
improvement
in personal presentation,
five other pointers
can be shared.

Small talk:  It is common for interviewers
to “get
to know you” right at the
beginning of an interview. 
To do this, it
is common to engage in “small talk,”

discussion not directly pertaining to the
interview
yet very important in human
interactions (in the
US).  1 

weaknesses and strengths and story
telling
:  An often heard interview question
seeks a
person’s self-awareness or areas
for
improvement.  When one provides a
response for
such a question in an interview,
a useful point
and one we seek to learn
is what are you
doing to improve yourself
(in a story format
– STAR concept is
helpful).


Strengths are also explored in interviews. 
One
offer that my boss has mentioned to
me that….
referring to a strength you wish
to convey.  Then,
please give an example
via a short story.


questions:  Please do have a list of
important,
significant questions you need to
have answered in the interview. 
It is not
bad to ask similar questions of different

interviewers.  How did you get to your
position?
  What do you like about working here? 
See also
2 .

overcoming nervousness:  How do you move
from the “uncomfortable anxiety” at the start
of an interview to the “alert and exciting
performing” level?  It does not happen by
reading books for most people.  It happens
through preparation, confidence and practice.
So, look for opportunities to have mock and
real interviews and presentations.

using resources:  Look for ways to use
available boards, papers and media
to convey your information.  If you are
savvy at tools or board-talk show it off.
  boards, papers, the visual dimension

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