7 Benefits of Taking Mock Interviews with Real Interviewers

Interview Preparation with real interviewers can be a game-changer. Read on to see how 1:1 mock interviews with domain experts can increase your job chances.

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Mock interviews are the best preparation tool for an actual interview.

It helps you become familiar with the questions and the interview environment.

This clears up any uncertainties you may have about the process.

These mock interviews positively impact your preparations and bring out more quality and quantity from every session.

But the question is whom should you practice your mock interviews with?

Today, there are tons of online mock interview platforms where you can practice.

You can do it with peers, domain experts, career coaches, or even AI software.

There are even free platforms to give mock interviews with peers of similar experience.

You can even ask your friends or colleagues to help you practice.

But trust me, nothing helps you more than giving a mock interview to a real-life interviewer. 🌟

Let's see why.

Prepare Mock Interviews with Real Interviewers

Real-life interviewers are professionals on recruitment teams who take hundreds of interviews every month.

They are domain experts.

They also know what mistakes most candidates make and how to confuse people as a result of conducting countless interviews.

Hence, they are the real people holding the torch of knowledge that might help you do more effective interview practice.

As Yogi Berra says, “Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.”

So, to create a solid foundation for giving an interview, it is best to know the situations you might face with a person who has hands-on experience in taking interviews.

One common mistake in mock interviews is having peers or mentors from the same company play the role of the interviewer.

This brings about the lack of significant information related to the interview.

No matter how much interview practice you do, ultimately, there will be some scope for failure.

While having experience with a real-life interviewer will be a game-changer that will boost your career to the maximum.

At Preplaced, you can select a mentor from your targeted company, domain, years of experience and more.

You can also try out a FREE 1:1 Trial Session with them before making any commitments. 🌟


Here are the top 7 reasons why you should give mock interviews to an experienced real-life interviewer rather than your peers or mentors in the company.

1. Better Knowledge Regarding Interview Questions & Topics

A real-life interviewer is someone who has hands-on experience with the important questions that frequent an interview.

In hindsight, you will not have the grim realisation of not acing an important interview if you give mock interviews to a real-life interviewer.

The topics and questions that the interviewer is aware of are exclusive to the interviews.

This will help you with further preparation and help you unlock areas that were previously unexplored by you.

This is even reflected in interview stats:  92% of hired candidates say Mock Interview, a 'must-have experience' before appearing for the real one and it helped them immensely in cracking the actual interview.

2. Builds Up Confidence

As you enter an interview hall, you might shake and tremble out of nervousness.

However, if you have already aced your mock test with a real-life interviewer, your confidence is already strong.

You believe in yourself because you have endured this environment while you were practising it with a skilled interviewer.

Presenting your polished skills and shining throughout the interview is what every candidate desires.

3. Best Answer Structure

Interviewers know their way around a question as they have witnessed students answer the same question over and over again!

A consistent answer may give off the effect that you are just like any other candidate in the crowd.

It hinders them from seeing your unique qualities.

We see tons of candidates failing in their interviews just due to a lack of proper structuring of answers.

It gives an impression to the interviewer that the candidate doesn't know his/her concepts properly.

Most candidates don't know the correct ways to express and frame their answers.

Having seen the mistakes of thousands of candidates, interviewers can help structure your answers and avoid mistakes.

Mock interviews with real interviewers can help you understand a question better and answer it in such a manner that makes your selection inevitable.

4. Help Nurture Important Skills For Interviews

Interviewers are skilled individuals.

They are observant and are quick to point out any shortcomings in your way of speaking, answering, walking, or even sitting.

Having a basic knowledge of how to present yourself in an interview is something that most prospective candidates ignore during their mock tests with peers.

You might be an excellent person for the job but you still might end up not getting hired due to the lack of these skills.

A real-life interviewer will foster those skills inside you and get you one step further in getting a job at your dream company.

5. Provides Key Evaluation Metrics

The intent behind mock interviews is to evaluate and analyse where you are making mistakes.

The goal is to help you identify and work on them so that you don’t make them in your actual interview.

An interviewer is an individual who has been actively involved in pointing out the flaws in any candidate.

As they have to choose the best of the best for their company.

As such, having a mock interview with such an influential person will tell you how you can present the best version of yourself towards the evaluators.

You cannot get the same feedback from a peer who doesn't really know what are the industry parameters to judge you on.

Now you know why it is so important to practice mock interviews with correct people.

This is exactly why we at Preplaced make sure that each of our mentors is a real-life interviewer at one of the top companies. We make sure they are domain experts knowing every nitty-gritty detail of the interview space and have a neck towards helping others positively.

So that your mock interview experience is nothing less than a real interview!

6. Help You Create An Impeccable Resume

Selecting the most enticing resumes from a stockpile of thousands of resumes.

They have a great eye for applications that stand out and know what catches the eye of the evaluator.

These interviewers can analyse your resume and help you create one that stands out among other job seekers.

A resume is the first thing that gives the idea about your idea and profession to prospective companies.

Hence, you need to make sure you leave an impression on them with how you present yourself on the resume.

A resume is much more than a written document, it is the virtual embodiment of you as a person.

How one visualises you before they are interviewing you is already decided in their mind from what they read about you in the resume.

Hence, get your Resume Reviewed By Expert Interviewers!

Don’t let a bad resume ruin your interview chances.

Connect 1:1 with an industry expert and get actionable tips to improve your resume. ✔️

7. Help Reap Out The Highest Value From A Mock Interview

A peer or mentor may help you in the initial stages of an interview.

However, a real-life interviewer will strengthen all your aspects from the core to unlock your full potential.

As Sope Agbelusi says, “Remember diamonds are created under pressure so hold on, it will be your time to shine soon.”

These interviewers put the necessary pressure on you to become great.

The greatness that you had but couldn’t connect with.

As a result, acing your interview will be a hoot rather than a challenge.

As you are already aware of the curve balls that the actual interview will throw at you.

Mock interviews will no longer give the sensation of a practice test but will feel like a real-life situation that you face in an interview.

Conclusion

These 7 reasons are how mock interviews with a real interviewer make your rigorous practice fruitful.

Interviews are tough, but if you learn to crack the code, you can find the right answers to any question asked.

You will have no regrets after you come out of the interview.

Weakness is a part of every person.

You need to tackle those weaknesses and turn them into strengths.

A mock interview is a tool that will help you in that process.

Peers and mentors are a strong support system, but what you need is a Guru who guides you and brings out the best version of you.

So, don’t wait up!

Connect 1:1 with industry recruiters for your mock interview sessions!

To make sure that you select a mentor whose mentoring style resonates with you or if you just want to test the waters, you can try out a 30-minute strategy call with your selected mentor.

And guess what, it's FREE! 🙌


Here are some more helpful guides on how to use a trial session and select a mentor:

👉 How to Use a Trial Session to Get Familiar With Your Mentor?

👉 How to Choose the Right Mentor at Preplaced?