Mock Interview

What is a Mock interview?

A mock interview is a training exercise that simulates a job interview. In other words, it is a practice interview that, as nearly as possible, resembles a genuine interview.  

What is the purpose of a mock interview?

A mock interview process helps candidates gain confidence with the chance to reflect on their non-verbal and verbal communication abilities. It also provides an opportunity for interviewees to make mistakes and work on correcting them in a safe atmosphere. Additionally, a candidate’s problem-solving skills improves as a result of the instant feedback, which will help them present their ideas more effectively.  

What are the benefits of mock interviews?

Mock interviews offer several benefits to individuals preparing for real job interviews. Here are some key advantages:

Practice and Preparation: Mock interviews provide an opportunity to practice and refine your interview skills.

Feedback and Assessment: Mock interviews allow you to receive valuable feedback from the interviewer. 

Identifying Weaknesses: Mock interviews help you identify areas where you may struggle during an interview. 

Building Confidence: By repeatedly going through mock interviews, you build confidence in your abilities.

Improving Communication Skills: Mock interviews enhance your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. 

Time Management and Organization: Mock interviews help you develop time management skills in the context of an interview.

How to prepare for mock interview?

1. Select a suitable mock interviewer  

Your interviewer should ideally be able to ask you as many questions, about your field, as possible, and also provide you with precise feedback on your answers. Seek assistance from an experienced and senior professional, or approach your local career center, online and offline employment portals to check for the availability of the mock interview services.  

2. Research on the company culture and goals

Ensure to review the organization's website, social media posts, and any news-related items that may be available before going to the interview. Make an effort to learn about their mission along with any recent changes that have occurred. “What do you know about our company?” is one of the most often asked questions during job interviews. It is advantageous to be well-prepared and thoughtful on the same.  

3. Dress formally as one would for a real interview

Dressing up appropriate for an interview helps inculcate a professional state of mind.  As a part of the process, your mock interview examines how you dress, hence, you may receive input on how you should present yourself. Dress in the same manner as you would for the official interview.

4. Choose an ideal interview setting

You and the interviewer would be naturally facing each other across a desk or table during an actual in-person interview. Hence, during the mock interview, try to replicate that circumstance and ask the interviewer to assess your body language.

The goal is to feel more comfortable in the interview situation in order to make sure you are not nervous or self-conscious and can focus entirely on having a professional conversation with the interviewer.

5. Record the session

While the mock interviewer's feedback on your interview questions can be helpful, recording the mock interview and assessing your performance yourself can also be beneficial. When watching the recording, try to be as objective as possible. Keep a notepad handy to jot down ideas.

If you record the interview, you'll be able to go back and review the areas where you went wrong. While reviewing your recorded interview, pay attention to your facial expressions, hand movements, and posture. Pay heed to your voice's tone and pace, as those aspect may also reveal a lot about you. Practicing in these certain areas where you believe you need to improve is also the ultimate goal of a mock interview.  

Top 10 Interview Questions Answers Candidates Should Prepare For

1. Tell me about yourself.

Answer: Start with a brief overview of your professional background, highlight key achievements, and explain how your skills and experiences align with the job you're applying for. Keep it concise and relevant to the position.

2. Why do you want to work here?

Answer: Research the company and mention specific reasons why you admire the company, its culture, or its products/services. Explain how your goals and values align with those of the company.

3.What are your greatest strengths?

Answer: Identify three to four key strengths that are relevant to the job and provide examples of how you have demonstrated these strengths in your previous roles. Use specific examples to illustrate your points.

4.What are your weaknesses?

Answer: Choose a genuine weakness but also discuss the steps you have taken to improve in this area. Focus on your commitment to personal growth and learning.

5. Can you describe a challenging situation you faced at work and how you handled it?

Answer: Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answer. Describe the context, your role, the actions you took, and the positive outcome of your efforts.

6.Why are you leaving your current job?

Answer: Be honest but diplomatic. Focus on what you are looking for in a new role rather than criticizing your current or previous employers. For example, mention your desire for new challenges, career growth, or alignment with your career goals.

7.Where do you see yourself in five years?

Answer: Outline your career aspirations and explain how the role you are applying for fits into your long-term career plan. Show ambition but also be realistic and aligned with the company's opportunities.

8.How do you handle stress and pressure?

Answer: Provide examples of how you have successfully managed stress in the past. Mention specific strategies you use, such as time management, prioritizing tasks, and staying organized.

9.What are your salary expectations?

Answer: Research the average salary for the position and industry. Provide a range based on your research and emphasize your flexibility. If possible, redirect by expressing interest in understanding more about the job's responsibilities before discussing salary in detail.

10.Do you have any questions for us?

Answer: Prepare thoughtful questions that show your interest in the role and the company. Ask about team dynamics, company culture, growth opportunities, and specific job responsibilities.

By preparing answers to these common interview questions, candidates can approach their interviews with confidence and make a strong impression on potential employers.


A mock interview is an excellent approach to prepare for a real job interview. It offers you an idea of what you need to do and establishes your goals. You should practice so that you can see where you can improve. You'll be well-prepared for the real job interview by the time it arrives.  

When practicing mock interviews, think of them as a two-way dialogue to get to know each other. Keep in mind that you should be evaluating the company at the same time as they are evaluating you. Prepare a list of pertinent questions to ask about the position's daily responsibilities and the company's work culture.  

They should meet your requirements for having a nice work environment, just as you want to meet their criteria for the employment role. You'll be more likely to pass the real job interview and be hired if you keep that mindset and practice mock interviews frequently.

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