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April 18, 2011


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I would say one of the best ways to practice for an interview is to mock interview. I did so many of them last year that when I had a surprise phone interview this morning I felt confident even with a stutter. If you're in a University sign up for them (they're free) and you will find yourself becoming more able to answer these questions better.

-Ravi Gupta

there is also a psychological advantage to prepping/rehearsing. i have secured several high paying consulting gigs, and i approach each corporate meeting / presentation as a large scale case interview as there are often more than just a couple execs around the shinny brown oak table

When I was graduating from college, I went on at least 10 job interviews (probably more). One thing that I noticed that I got better and more comfortable with them, especially since most asked pretty much the same questions. By the time I got to the last few, I had my "script" down pat.

Since then, the other thing that I've done is I had an opportunity to attend a Dale Carnegie course. Dale Carnegie has a big public speaking component. Their advice is to know your material so well that it becomes so natural that you can deliver it without notes. The thought is that if you give a speech or talk without any notes, it will sounds more natural and you will connect with the audience better. This approach has the added advantage of working well for a job interview situation, because obviously you cannot read from a speech when you are answering interview questions.

The other thing that they taught in Dale Carnegie was how to give a impromptu talk. Basically, the strategy was to pause to collect your thoughts, think of a story that relates to the topic, and tell that story. Again, sounds similiar to what FMF is saying. I've noticed since my class that politicians use a variation of this strategy in debates. They have a mental list of "talking points" they want to cover, and when a question is asked, they pick the talking point which matches the question, and weave the answer around that talking point. The best are able to incorporate their talking point seamlessly regardless of the quetion and without the audience noticing that they are co-opting the question.

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