You might have been in the workforce for a while now but are thinking about going after a new position in your field of work. Or you might be a student up for your first co-op job or summer placement and have not had a lot of previous interview experience. Both of these situations are good reasons to brush up on your interview skills in a job market that is highly competitive regardless of your age, experience, or career choice.
Getting that first job is especially tough. You are often being judged not only on your academic qualifications and skills but on how you present yourself, how you relate to others (such as potential clients) and whether you appear confident and capable enough to make that shift from being a student to testing those skills in the “real” world.
Even those with a long work history can benefit from the confidence boost which comes from learning not only what you are doing wrong so you can correct it, but about all of the things you are doing right so that you can put your best foot forward when “testing” yourself again out in the world of job searching where you haven’t been for awhile. You might be up against younger candidates who are perceived to have “fresher” skills and need to show potential employers how you have remained competitive.
A mock interview can help with all of these situations. By getting objective feedback, potential job seekers can avoid a myriad of mistakes and uncomfortable situations which might arise if they are not properly prepared. It is easy to handle the standard questions in any job interview, but can you handle that curve ball which often comes when interviewers are testing and trying to narrow down potential candidates?
Barclay Educational Services provides a thorough mock interview experience in two separate sessions. The first includes interview preparation for younger candidates who might need it, for example suggestions on what to wear and how to prepare a resume. The second appointment includes a mock interview session conducted by a seasoned journalist with more than 20 years of interview experience. This session is videotaped to provide extensive feedback on everything from body language to speech patterns contained within your answers.
Barclay Educational is a private guidance counseling service with more than a decade of experience helping students in Hamilton, Ontario and surrounding areas. Our company also has expertise in placing students for overseas undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the UK, France and Germany. If you would like to find out about our Mock Interview package or any of our other services, please contact Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com OR Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.