A dummy interview is a dummy run simulating a real interview event. It is usually conducted by a friend or colleague and involves role playing, usually whereby you take the role of the candidate and your friend adopts the role of the interviewer.
As this is not a real interview it can often descend into banter and having a bit of fun rather than mimicking the real event. Hence preparation is key.
Dummy interviews are also referred to as mock interviews. Below are some good tips in regards how to get the most out of your dummy/mock interview
Tip 1: Record everything
Set up your mobile phone or webcam to record in the interview. Review the recording with your mock interviewer and identify areas where there is room for improvement
Tip 2: Prepare Interview Questions for your mock interviewer
Make sure you have a set of the most common and expected interview questions for your interviewer. This will avoid the situation where your interviewer has to think of questions “off the cuff” and the interview could follow a line of questions which is tangential to what you wanted.
Tip 3: Practice makes perfect
After reviewing your answers and having identified areas that need improvement, go again, and again, until you are satisfied with your recordings. This can involve several iterations of eth same answer so ensure that whoever you choose to be your interviewer is patient in nature.
Dummy or mock interviews are a great way of emulating the real thing, making you more comfortable in the process and better prepared when the big day arrives. The key is, like all good actors, keep rehearsing your answers until you are completely satisfied with your performance.
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