To speed interview or not to speed interview?

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a mock speed interview provided by my instructor while enrolled in the Work Search Tools and Techniques course of the Career Consultant Certificate program at Mohawk College.

I have never participated in anything thing like this and to tell you the truth, I found it very exhausting and stressful.  I can only imagine what it would feel like if it was a real speed interview.  The way it works is you have a few minutes to spend with an interviewer and they ask a series of questions within those few minutes.

The questions asked in this mock speed interview were very interesting and could be asked in a real situation.  Some of the questions asked were, what is your greatest accomplishment?  Who in your life made an impact on your career?  Some questions that I couldn’t see being asked but could be asked to show creativity were if you had super hero powers, what would they be?  Name 10 things you can do with a pencil other than writing?  And finally, how would you weigh an airplane if you didn’t have a scale?

This process makes you think on the spot and really shows an employer how you react under stress!  The employers are also looking at your body language and your appearance.  I found that speed interviewing emphasizes the fact that you really need to know who you are and what skills you have to offer an employer.  Remember, you only have a few minutes to answer the questions accurately and you don’t have time to hesitate.

Being prepared is the key to success in anything you do from preparing your resume, to job searching, to interviewing.  If you ever have the opportunity to participate in a mock speed interview, I highly suggest you try it.  Not only will it help you prepare for an actual speed interview, it will allow you to know what to expect.

MCACESBlogs is a series of blogs created by students enrolled in the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. Be sure to follow our blog and learn about the tips tools and tricks of the work search process from current and aspiring Career Practitioners!

Speed interviewing is a great way to practice your job interview skills...fast!

Speed interviewing is a great way to practice your job interview skills…fast!

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