Beginning next Monday, I will offer regular times each week to conduct mock interviews. Our office has offered these in the past in conjunction with Fall OCI, which we will continue to do. However we felt it important to make this service available more regularly, and to a greater number of students and recent graduates. Let's talk a little about mock interviews, what they are and how they can help you.
A mock interview is simply a pretend interview, where I'll ask you questions for about 15 minutes or so and then take about 30 minutes afterward to critique and comment on your answers and overall interview presence.
Why should you take advantage of a mock interview and how can they help you?
- You can practice answers to relatively common interview questions, and we can work together to develop the content and delivery of those answers for maximum positive impact.
- Like practice court or anything else, you become more confident and more polished with practice. It's no different with interviewing. The more you do it the better you'll become; and it's certainly better to learn and improve in an interview with me than one with an actual job on the line.
- Similarly, if you're a few days or weeks away from an actual interview, it's often helpful to get a practice one out of the way just to get the nerves out. Also if you send me the details on the job ahead of time, I will cater the interview to the specific job.
- Many students spend a great deal of time and effort on resumes and cover letters and even a decent amount of time researching employers to prepare for the interview (as you should!). However they spend relatively little time practicing for the actual interview. If you're fortunate enough to be given an interview by an employer, this is likely the last opportunity you're going to have to convince them to hire you. Don't leave this to chance by just winging it!
- We talk about utilizing our office so we know about you as employers contact us with job opportunities. Utilizing our mock interview service provides a fantastic platform for you to share with us who you are, what your goals are and what opportunities you would be great for.
Beginning Monday, February 10th I will dedicate two hours open each Monday afternoon (from 2pm-4pm) throughout the spring quarter for mock interviewing. You can make an appointment for one of these times through Symplicity. If those times don't work for you, please feel free to email me to set up a time and we'll make sure it happens.
I've had the privilege and opportunity to provide a number of mock interviews to students over the past few months, and believe most have benefited (at least a little!) from the experience. One student recently emailed me to say:
Thank you again for doing the mock interview with me. I think it really helped me prepare for my interview...I found that the mock interview I had with you was very similar to the interviews with several of the partners...All of the main questions that you told me they would ask, they asked. Particularly what makes me want to live in Houston. I also spent a good amount of time explaining the quarter system, like you said I would. Thank you again.
I hope this is just the beginning and that I have the opportunity to work with all of you through a mock interview at some point in your Baylor Law School career.
Do you have thoughts or questions about mock interviews? If so let me know at [email protected] or @BaylorLawDaniel on Twitter.
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