Mock interviews provide a safe space for students to learn the dynamics of an interview. It takes practice to become comfortable with these skills. The more closely a mock interview can resemble a real experience, the better.
When are mock interviews appropriate?
Being able to go through an interview requires a lot of skills that many students don’t use in day-to-day life…shaking hands, talking about his/her skills, experience, abilities, and asking an adult for a business card. By junior high school, some students are looking for that first volunteer or work experience. Participating in mock interviews can help alleviate stress and help students make a good impression.
How can Talent Link help?
Talent Link staff benefit from great connections with area workforce offices, chambers, and professional organizations. Connect with them well in advance of your mock interviews, and they can reach out to help enlist volunteers for your event.
Tips for teachers
- Make mock interviews as real as possible. Interviewers should be unfamiliar. Interviews should take place in a work-like setting (office or conference room). Students should dress in interview-appropriate clothing.
- Prepare students for the interview by developing resumes, practicing hand-shakes, discussing potential questions and responses, and talking about appropriate dress.
- Provide "interviewers" with a rating sheet. Allow at least five minutes for the "interviewers" to de-brief about what went well and what the student can work on to prepare for the next interview.
- If students are old enough to work, focus on mock interviewers who work with companies that are actually hiring youth. What better way to “keep it real” than to have a student leave the mock interview with a job?
- Check out the Resource tab for information on interview do’s and don’ts