Dos and don’ts of mock interviews

Alex Woodward |
Alex is a Growth Marketing Manager at Snagajob, where she works with sales to help connect businesses with the right workers. Her first hourly job was as a barista at Caribou Coffee.

Let's face it, getting a job interview is exciting but also a little nerve-racking. Like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Setting up a mock interview is a great way to prepare for your real interview, but only if you do it right.

Here are a few mock interview do's and don'ts:

DO dress appropriately. Wear professional clothes that you would wear to a real job interview. First impressions can have a huge impact so knowing what to wear to your interview will pay off.

DON'T just roll out of bed. Believe it or not, the way you dress can affect how you carry yourself so wearing your PJ’s probably isn’t the best decision.

DO prepare like a real job interview. This means bringing copies of your resume and preparing interview questions and answers.

DON'T wing it.

DO feel free to start over. Now is the time to practice your answers, so if you stumble or make a mistake, gather yourself, and start over.

DON'T freak out if you make a mistake.

DO take feedback constructively. Learn from the feedback you receive so you can better prepared for your real job interview.

DON'T take constructive criticism personally.

 Doing a mock interview will allow you to spot your mistakes before your actual interview and get you that much closer to landing a job.