When I heard the word "Mock Interview" in my Literary Citizenship class, I wished I had a turtle shell to retreat to. It seemed to real world related, so naturally I looked towards musicals to make something serious seem less daunting.
Musicals have always had a powerful affect on me by presenting the hard facts of life through singing and dancing. So, after all was said and done, I decided to turn my experience and tips into a musical to make the whole process seem more manageable.
1. Act I: Part of Your World (Research)
"What would I give if I could live out of these waters"
Do your research people. If you want to be part of their company, you need to know everything about that "world" you are asking to join. If you don't know "what's a fire" or "why it, what's the word, burns" you best look that up before you walk into the room.
2. Act II: "I Feel Pretty" (Suiting Up)
"I feel charming, oh so charming. It's alarming how charming I feel!"
This is probably the most important part of your pre-interview process. When you go, you need to "feel pretty." Dress to the nines, people, and be your fabulous selves. Look sleek, sophisticated, put together, but allow for a pop of your personality. Just a few practical tips:
|Fake it till you make it, right?|
2. Shoes can really make or break your strut, so be extra careful with your selection.
3. An interview is not a time to "debut" anything new. This goes especially for haircuts or fashion choices you are trying out. You need to be comfortable to be confident. So be bold, but only in a ways that you've rocked before.
P.S. Appearance is only a quarter of the battle. Knowing your worth and talents is crucial to being able to talk about yourself. So know how you are "pretty" and own it.
Act III: "Let it Go" (Calming Your Tapping Feet)
"It's time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through."
Is it possible that you could have done more to prepare? More than likely. Dwelling on that in the lobby as your waiting for your name to be called is not the time to be thinking that. When you are going to your interview or waiting for it to begin, accept what you have done. Stop quizzing yourself and regretting what you didn't do. Either you are prepared or you're not, so don't trip yourself up on the things you do know.
Act IV: "Human" (The Performance)
"Sometimes I get nervous, when I see an open door."
The question of this number, "Are we Human or are we Dancer?", is an important one when you are in the interview. In other words, are you a person or a performer. Yes you are selling yourself in this process, but that merely means showing off your good quality. It does not mean promising features that are not there.
One of the comments I received when I did my mock interview is that employers love when their candidates are self-aware. Be honest with these people and don't be afraid to be human around them. You can even admit mistakes as long as you show how they have formed you. This will make the conversation seem natural and will even put you at ease.
Act V: "Make My Dreams Come True" (Thank You's and Victory)
"What I want you've got, and it might be hard to handle"
Hopefully you can prance out of that interview like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer. Afterwards, however, whether it's a victory dance or a face plant, you need to send a thank you note/email to the person who interviewed you.
But as Mark O' Toole says in his article "Congratulations Graduate! 11 Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You", use this note to your advantage. Show them how much this experience has affected your desire for the job and reaffirm why you are the best. Let it leave a lasting impression and end your interview process on a good note!
These are the major tips I got from my interview experience and the playlist of how I hope future (real) interviews will go.
I'm curious, do any other musical numbers come to mind when you guys think of your past interviewing experiences? Let me know in comments what I should add to the playlist.