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Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 22:09
Hey guys,

Care to share your experiences with mock interviews? Do they really help?
I mean, I know that we should re-read our essays, research some schools, prepare some answers by looking at the questions, read Rhyme's guide, ClearAdmit wikis or Accepted's database.

Other than that, do you think mock interviews help? Did you do it/do you plan to do it with consultants? Friends? Family? Students? Alums?

Thanks folks :)
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 22:35
I found them helpful. I believe you can only prepare the content from re-reading your essays, researching the school etc. but mock interviews help you with your 'delivery', esp. if you are not a great interviewee and/or have not been to one for a while. I did mine with alums and fellow applicants.
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 23:01
I didn't do any mock interviews, but it can't hurt to practice out loud. I wouldn't pay anyone unless you are very nervous about your interview skills.

The night before my interviews, I sat in my hotel room answering questions aloud...it helped shake the jitters out a bit. One guy from Kellogg recommended I record myself answering questions (I didn't...but not a bad idea if you're hardcore).
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 10:56
I think mock interviews are useful if you're not experienced with interviews. I personally didn't use mock interviews, but I just rehearsed the questions in my head (that's usually how I go through interviews and presentations). Sometimes I do what AAu does, rehearse it out loud, but that's mainly for presentations.

Having a mock interview will help you realize what you're weak at (in terms of presenting the information), whether you fidget, whether you use your arm movements too much or too little, etc..

Recording yourself is hardcore... I heard it's good, but I haven't been able to watch anything on video with me in it, yet...
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2008, 21:30
Thanks kryzak, mba2010 & BCC..

I'll do a mock interview with a friend. However not from the school I'm applying to. But hopefully, he'll give me some pointers on my weaknesses.

Any of you GMATClubbers would like to offer some help on doing a mock interview through Skype?
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2008, 21:34
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If you want some interview help message me on gmail. I should be able to give you some good practice. Skype is good (maybe later tonight ?)

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Thanks kryzak, mba2010 & BCC..

I'll do a mock interview with a friend. However not from the school I'm applying to. But hopefully, he'll give me some pointers on my weaknesses.

Any of you GMATClubbers would like to offer some help on doing a mock interview through Skype?
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2008, 21:39
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If you want some interview help message me on gmail. I should be able to give you some good practice. Skype is good (maybe later tonight ?)



Hey BSD, sure I'll message you on gmail.. thanks for your help! :)

Any other takers?
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2008, 07:50
This came up in the HBS thread.. but maybe this goes for all of the schools too..

Has any of you tried using Sandy's mock interview service? Is he worth the 300 bucks?
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2008, 17:02
Personally, I really don't think interviews are *that* important in the grand scheme of things. It's one important part of a multi-faceted application process, so at most it's 1/5 to 1/7 of the application (if you factor in GMAT, GPA, essays, rec letters, resume, work experience, etc...). So paying $300 for something you can just ask a friend to do for you isn't really worth it. My 2 cents...
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2008, 17:17
kryzak, you are correct in a general sense, but for some schools like HBS and MIT, it is extremely important to have a good interview(in other words, dont screw up). An interview is a VERY strong indicator of an admit and extensive interview prep (mock interview or not) does make sense for these 2 schools.

bee, inspite of his somewhat boorish demeanor, Sandy does seem to know what he is talking about as far as HBS is concerned. I, personally, would go for his mock interview prep although I have never used his services.

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Personally, I really don't think interviews are *that* important in the grand scheme of things. It's one important part of a multi-faceted application process, so at most it's 1/5 to 1/7 of the application (if you factor in GMAT, GPA, essays, rec letters, resume, work experience, etc...). So paying $300 for something you can just ask a friend to do for you isn't really worth it. My 2 cents...
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 18:03
I stand corrected for HBS and MIT, thanks for the input, NC. :) But for other schools, spending $300 on interview prep is probably overkill.
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Re: Mock Interviews [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2008, 19:22
kryzak & ncprasad.. thanks for your comments.

I'm still thinking.. luckily for me, my interview is a month away.. so hopefully i can decide sometime this week whether I want to pay 300 bucks or not..
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