You’re Mock Me
I’m sure you’ve been to many interviews already and you feel like you’ve been asked every question under the sun. How can this next interview be any different?
Trust me. It can be a greatly different! Each interview is going to be a new experience and will have another employer trying to throw curveballs at you to answer on the spot.
Mock Interviews Mock interviews are great to prepare for interviews and to keep your interviewing skills razor-sharp. Have a friend, family member or mentor give you a practice interview. Ask them to try to stump you with their questions and see if you can stay balanced on your toes.
Each employer you meet will have their own personality and will want to hear different things from previous interviewers. Because you don’t know the personality you’ll encounter on your interview, it is a good idea to seek out multiple people for practice interviews.
World Peace… Each year I watch the Miss America contests and I cringe when the interview portion comes on. I feel so embarrassed for their answers, knowing that they’re representing our country. I have to laugh at the scene from Miss Congeniality where each contestant answers their interview question with “World Peace” and when Sandra Bullock answers in a political and opinionative way, she quickly has to tag on “world peace” so that the audience and judges roar with applause.
Oftentimes, I feel like answers to interview questions are answered in a very “world peace” type of way. Each person has the same answer and it seems to evade the actual question.
For practice on answering hard questions, look up some of the interview questions given to Miss America contestants and provide a REAL answer. Don’t just resort to what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Give a thoughtful and distinct answer that reveals a piece of who you are as a candidate AND a person.
Test Your Ability See how well you can think on your toes – I understand that most of these questions are irrelevant to interviewing for most job positions, but this is great practice for thinking on the spot while staying calm and poised.
Some of the more recent questions from Miss America pageants:
- Should people who leak classified documents in the name of public information be charged with treason? Why or why not?
- In a recent beauty pageant, bikinis were banned amid protests from religious groups. As someone who competed in a swimsuit tonight, do you believe such groups should have that influence? Why or why not?
- A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does that say about society?
- Due to the problem of binge drinking on college campuses, a growing number of college presidents are encouraging lawmakers to lower the drinking age. Do you agree that this would promote responsible drinking? Why or why not?
- Government tracking of phone records has been in the news lately. Is this an invasion of privacy or necessary to keep our country safe? Why or why not?
How’d you do? Did any of the questions stump you for even a moment? Of course they did! Many employers, though their questions might not be as in depth, might try to stump you or make you think about their questions. Not only do they want to see how you handle pressure, but they want to know you instead of hearing you reiterate what so many interviewees before you have already regurgitated.
It’s Important Be the best you can be in your interview by preparing for each interview. Practice answering any question that comes your way. You’ll be much more comfortable in the interview when the harder questions are being hurled in your direction.