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Be Your Toughest Critic and Interview Yourself

Okay, you’ve landed an interview with the company of your dreams and you are probably nervous about it. You can do a great deal to prepare yourself for the job interview by first conducting a pre-interview on yourself. While the idea may sound silly, it works wonders as after all, who is a bigger critic on you than you?

Before you interview yourself have someone else write a list of questions down that you will ask yourself. This way you will not have time to think about them as you would if you wrote the questions yourself. Be sure that you actually take the exercise seriously and maybe even dress the part if it helps you keep it all in perspective.

Next go in front of a mirror and introduce yourself. Go through all the pleasantries that you would expect to go through at an actual interview and then sit down still looking at yourself in the mirror. Then get to the question.

Be sure you are talking out load so you can actually hear how your responses are. As you answer each question, make mental notes as to how well you think you did. This will help you evaluate yourself at the end of the interview.

When you are done interviewing yourself, ask yourself, “Would I hire me?” If the answer is no, then you will need to conduct another interview with yourself. Just as with anything else, practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the better off you will be.

After you have completed the self interview, perhaps several times, you should know what to expect walking into the actual interview. Be confident and speak clearly and answer any questions you get in the same manner as you did for yourself. Make the interviewer want to hire you in the same you made yourself want to hire you.

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