Mock interview questions and answers help you refine your interview technique and set you up for success.

Get coached on how to sell yourself along with your education and prior work experience. (Additional resources can be found at the end of this guide.)


Learn the top 10 tips for a successful interview:

1. KNOW HOW TO RESEARCH THE COMPANY BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW

Have on hand for your interview:

  • Your company research
  • Copies of your resume and cover letter
  • A list of job references
  • Notebook and pen
  • Work samples if relevant
  • Elevator speech (memorized)

Be ready with everything you might need with this interview checklist

 

2. INTRODUCTION

The interviewer introduces him or herself.
Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Use a firm handshake, make direct eye contact and smile?
  • Use the interviewer's name in greeting e.g., "I am pleased to meet you, Mrs Jones"?
  • Wait to be asked to sit down?
  • Put documents on the table rather than on his or her lap?
  • Place her handbag or briefcase at her feet?


3. MAKE SMALL TALK

The interviewer attempts to put the candidate at ease with small talk such as "Did you find us easily?" or a comment about the weather.
Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Sit upright but not too stiffly in the chair?
  • Lean forward very slightly to show interest?
  • Answer these informal questions confidently?
  • Begin positively by not complaining about the journey or traffic?
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to discuss the job?

 

4. DISCUSS THE COMPANY AND POSITION

After some small talk the interviewer begins by briefly discussing the company, the department and the position itself.
Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Listen attentively and not interrupt?
  • Display appropriate, interested, body language?
  • Use the opportunity at the end of this description to demonstrate their research on the company with a relevant comment such as "I was interested to read that you are opening three new branches this year"?
  • Learn to ask questions of the interviewer

 
5. ASK COMMON JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

The interviewer asks standard job interview questions starting with these top 6 interview questions:

  • "Tell me about yourself." (A variation on your elevator speech)
  • "What interests you about this position?"
  • "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
  • “How do you overcome those weaknesses?”
  • "Where do you see yourself in five years?"
  • "What has been your greatest achievement to date?"
  • "Why should we hire you?"
  • “How does your experience and education apply to the job qualifications?”

Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Answer fluently and confidently?
  • Provide concise and clear answers?
  • Make the answers relevant to the position?
  • Display a good understanding of the job tasks and responsibilities?
  • Display a good understanding of the company requirements?

Get help with this standard part of the job interview at mock job interview questions and answers. Use these free job descriptions to get a clear picture of the job you are interviewing for.



6. ASK BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • "How have you established your work priorities in your previous job?"
  • "Tell me about a recent time you solved a difficult problem in your job."
  • "Describe a situation where you were not satisfied with your work performance. What did you do?"
  • "Describe a time when you contributed more than required to the team."

Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Understand the concept of behavioral interview questions?
  • Provide a relevant and concise behavioral example quickly and clearly?
  • Outline the steps the candidate personally took to reach a positive outcome?
  • Provide a valid example that shows evidence of the required competency?

 
7. ANSWER DIFFICULT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

These will explore red flags in your resume such as gaps in employment, lay-offs and dismissals. (Remember: You can always get back to the interviewer later with answers to difficult questions. Simply state, “Let me think about this and get back to you.”

Feedback -Does the candidate:

  • Stay calm when answering tough interview questions?
  • Use the right tone of voice and not get defensive?
  • Give concise responses?
  • Adequately explain to the interviewer about the problem area?

 
8. ASK THE CANDIDATE IF HE OR SHE HAS ANY QUESTIONS

At this point the interviewer asks if you have any questions you want to ask.
Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Have at least five good questions ready to ask?
  • Not ask for information that has already been provided during the interview?
  • Asks questions that show he or she has thought about the company and the job opportunity?
  • Avoid the wrong type of questions such as those about salary and benefits?  (Never discuss during first job interview.)

This list of the right job interview questions to ask will help you prepare for this part of the mock job interview.


9. CLOSE THE INTERVIEW

The interviewer thanks the candidate and indicates what the next step in the hiring process is.
Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Make a positive closing statement like "I am excited about this opportunity and believe my experience and enthusiasm will add value to your company"?
  • Ask the interviewer if there are any issues still to be addressed?
  • Thank the interviewer for their time?
  • Know how to close the job interview?

 
10. PROVIDE GENERAL FEEDBACK FOR A MOCK JOB INTERVIEW

Feedback - Does the candidate:

  • Use appropriate body language?
  • Use proper verbal communication skills?
  • Display enthusiasm for the job opportunity?

Improve your chances of success with a mock job interview. Keep practicing till you feel ready and confident of acing the actual interview!


Resources
For more information on the importance of body language, view this video, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” presented by expert Ann Cuddy.
To learn more about assessing your individual strengths and weaknesses, read StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.