By Sean Weinberg
The interview is a bittersweet thing, really. On one hand, you've been dying to score an interview -- you want the job badly and this is how you're going to get it. However, it also means that you actually have to go to an interview.
Interviews can be scary. After all, you need to be perfect, it's stressful, and sometimes the interviewer just gives off that creepy imposing feeling.
They don't have to be that scary. All you need is a little practice. Check out these four ways to practice your interview skills and get the job:
1. Mingle with your mirror.
It's the tried-and-true practice method to prep for an interview. Your mirror has seen everything, so practicing your interview skills with it can't embarrass you. Practice eye contact, smiling (without being creepy) and speaking in front of your mirror.
2. Introduce yourself.
One of the hardest things about interviewing is the fact that you're talking to a stranger that you need to impress. For the week leading up to your interview, introduce yourself properly to everyone you meet. When you see a retail store associate, your friend's dad or the mailman, hold out your hand, keep eye contact, and introduce yourself. By the time your interview comes around, you'll be cool as a cucumber.
Wha-a-a? Cheat on an interview? Heinous! Evil! How do you even cheat on an interview? It's simple. Make a cheat sheet. Sure, an interview should be full of off-the-top-of-your-head responses to show that you are the ideal employee, but get real. In an interview, you're nervous and stressed. Do you really want to wing it on the questions?
Make yourself a worksheet of some interview questions you can expect and answer them all, with well-thought out responses that you'd ideally use in an interview. Read through them, study them, recite them, and have your roommate/mom/hamster quiz you on them. Cheating never felt so good.
4. Mock interview with friends.
What are friends good for if not to practice interviews with? Try to simulate an interview situation in your house and borrow a couple friends to help you interview. Everything from handshakes to post-interview questions can be practiced again and again.
What do you think? How else can a job seeker practice their very best interview?
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes -- instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Sean has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.
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