Zags, why attend Speed Mock Interviews? Better yet, why miss the chance to show employers your fantastic skills and abilities, as a trial run, to get all the jitters out?

 

Practice makes perfect – we hear it growing up playing instruments and practicing sports. It’s all about muscle memory. But your brain has muscle memory, too.

 

A study by the Society of Human Resources Management reported that qualifications were less influential when it came to hiring an applicant than interview performance and professionalism.

 

Turn-on those communication skills. They’ll pay off in the long run.

 

Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. writes on Quintessential Careers that “[j]ust one mock interview will result in a marked improvement in your interviewing skills,” says College Grad Job Hunter author Brian Krueger, who recommends going through two such interviews (and, of course, the more you do, the more skilled you will become). For the inexperienced interviewee, mock interviews provide an excellent picture of what to expect.”

 

Think of the STAR (Situation + Task + Action + Result) Method to answer questions. Employers and mock interviewers will be impressed with the thought and depth articulated in the message.

 

The more you articulate a speech or practice an interview, the more successful you will engage your audiences and more likely impress an employer. You learn how to answer difficult with poise and confidence (no ums, buts, whatsoever).

 

Bring up-to-date resumes for these one-on-one opportunities to practice your game plan from Employers and Career Specialists who are there to help and guide your interview skills.

 

Remember, smile, firm handshakes, and eye contact. These actions will make a great first impression. The rest is easy. The ball’s in your court.

Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP hosts Speed Mock Interviews Wednesday, Oct. 3 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cataldo Globe Room.

RSVP on ZagTrax.net.

Read Quintessential Career’s Tips on interview preparation