As web workers, we can go days or even weeks without having a face-to-face business meeting or interview. Are your interview skills rusty after months of working barefoot? Can you effectively sell yourself, but only in an email or on the phone?
If you read “How to Interview” advice books, they may say to practice your interview in the mirror. Watch your facial expressions. Make eye contact. Have the right answer ready to common questions, but don’t sound rehearsed. The challenge with practicing in front of a mirror is that you are the only one who can give you feedback.
If you have a big meeting or interview coming up, and you have a webcam, take a look at InterviewTrue.com.
You start by selecting the type of interview you want to practice. The site is tailored to job seekers, but there are practical applications here for consultants who want to impress that potential new client in person. The site offers over 1,000 questions through a virtual interviewer who conducts the interview. You answer the questions as you would in a real-life interview, and your answers are recorded through your webcam.
When you’re done, you are sent a link to a file that you can review for yourself. Are you saying “um” or “you know” too much? Are you doing something funny with your eyes while you talk? You may not realize any of these things until you see the evidence for yourself. You can share the file with others to get their feedback. Keep practicing your interview until you get it right, and you’re ready for the real thing.
The site offers a 24 free trial. 6 months of access is $19.95. Unfortunately, the software requires Windows XP and will not work on Macs.