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How to Nail a Live Interview: Advice from the Pros

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July 20, 2022
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It is no secret that job interviews are intimidating, nerve-wracking experiences. But what if you could take some of the pressure off by doing a practice run with a live interviewer? In this article, we will provide some tips on how to make the most of a live interview so that you can practice your responses and get feedback in real-time.

Worst interview questions

The worst interview questions are those that put you on the spot without giving you time to think about your response. These types of questions can be difficult to answer, and they can leave you feeling flustered and unprepared. Some examples of worst interview questions include:

Why do you want this job?

What are your weaknesses?

What would you do if you were fired from your current job?

Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work.

While these questions may seem difficult, there are ways to prepare for them so that you can give a confident and composed answer. First, take some time to think about why you want the job. What is it about the company or the position that interests you? When you have a specific reason for wanting the job, it will be easier to answer the question.

As for your weaknesses, be honest but focus on qualities that could also be seen as strengths. For example, if you are a perfectionist, you may say that your attention to detail ensures that all projects are completed flawlessly.

Finally, when preparing for worst-case scenario questions, always have a positive answer ready. For example, if you are asked what you would do if you were fired, you might say that you would use the opportunity to take some time to assess your career goals and consider other options. By having a positive answer prepared, you can show that you are a resilient person who is always looking for ways to improve.

Let's dive deeper into the real yeses and nos that could assist you through this tough spot.

When it comes to job interviews, practice makes perfect. And what could be better practice than a live interview? A live interview is an interview that is conducted in real-time, either in person or over the phone. This type of interview can be an opportunity to get feedback on your answers and to practice your interviewing skills.

Here are your dos:

1. Do your research: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people go into an interview without knowing anything about the company or the position they're interviewing for. Before your interview, take some time to research the company and the role. This will not only help you form better questions, but it will also show the interviewer that you're truly interested in the opportunity.

2. Dress for success: First impressions are everything, so make sure you're dressing for the job you want. Even if the dress code is casual, it's always better to err on the side of caution and dress up rather than down.

3. Arrive early: This is another one that may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people are late for their interviews. Arriving early will give you time to collect your thoughts and calm your nerves. It will also show the interviewer that you're punctual and professional.

4. Be prepared to answer common interview questions: There are a few questions that are bound to come up in an interview, so it's important to be prepared for them. Some common interview questions include "Tell me about yourself," "What are your strengths and weaknesses?," and "Why are you interested in this position?"

5. Ask questions: At the end of the interview, you'll usually be given an opportunity to ask questions. This is your chance to show that you're truly interested in the role and the company. Some great questions to ask include "What are the next steps in the process?," "When can I expect to hear back?," and "What are the biggest challenges in this role?"

6. Practice your answers to common interview questions: Stand in front of a mirror and answer the questions out loud. This will help you get comfortable with the way you sound and how you look when you answer questions. Additionally, it's important to practice your body language. Sit or stand up straight, make eye contact with

And here are your don'ts:

1. Don't be late: As we said before, first impressions are everything. If you're late for your interview, it will show the interviewer that you're not punctual or reliable.

2. Don't dress inappropriately: It's important to dress for the job you want, but that doesn't mean you should show up in a suit if the dress code is casual. Dressing appropriately shows that you respect the company and the interviewer.

3. Don't forget your manners: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people forget their manners during an interview. Remember to say please and thank you, and to mind your P's and Q's.

4. Don't answer questions with one word: This is your chance to sell yourself, so make sure you're taking the opportunity to do just that. Answering questions with more than one word will show the interviewer that you're articulate and intelligent.

5. Don't be afraid to take a moment to think: It's okay to take a moment to gather your thoughts before answering a question. This will show the interviewer that you're taking the time to give a thoughtful answer.

6. One final note of advice: don't use your phone during the interview. It's extremely unprofessional and will likely reflect poorly on you.

What should go on in your mind

One of the most important aspects of preparing for an interview is to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind.  This means having a positive attitude and being confident in your abilities. The best way to do this is to have realistic expectations of the interview process and to be prepared mentally and emotionally for whatever may come up.

One of the best ways to mentally prepare for an interview is to visualize yourself as being successful. See yourself acing the interview and getting the job that you want. This will help to boost your confidence and keep you positive during the actual interview. It is also important to be aware of your body language and to make sure that you are projecting confidence. Sit up straight, make eye contact, and smile when appropriate.

Another important thing to keep in mind when preparing for an interview is to be yourself. Be honest about your experience and qualifications, and don't try to pretend to be someone you're not. The interviewer will likely see through this, and it could ultimately hurt your chances of getting the job.

Just be yourself, relax, and answer the questions to the best of your ability.  If you do this, you'll be sure to impress the interviewer and land the job you want.

In case any surprises come along, read here what you can do to be best prepared for the situation. 

Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

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