39 Mock Interview Checklist


Image and Appearance

Shows up on time for interview
Offers a solid and confident handshake when appropriate
Presents as well groomed, has good hygiene, and dresses appropriately
Smiles and speaks clearly

Body Language

Displays good posture and avoids unnecessary movements
Demonstrates receptiveness (arms are not crossed)
Demonstrates enthusiasm and interest, shows facial expression
Shows confidence and maintains eye contact
Is relaxed and maintains poise

Key Interview Content

Responds with concise, organized, and well thought-out answers
Uses the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format to answer behavioural (example-based) questions
Uses proper grammar and appropriate vocabulary
Demonstrates research and understanding of the company and position
Communicates program-related skills and indicates strengths

Closing Interview

Asks relevant questions to interviewer
Thanks interviewer and identifies next steps

After the Interview

Sends thank you email after the interview

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Unless otherwise indicated, this chapter is an adaptation of Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College, and is used under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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