This week we were tasked with providing RISE peer review for one of our classmate’s mock interview assignment. I was initially supposed to provide peer review for George Forchuk but his project was unable to be viewed and he has not replied to my messages. I am reviewing Elisabeth’s mock interview, a project that should be applauded for its high quality and her excellent interview answers.
Elisabeth Hodge Mock Interview
Reflect- Hey Elisabeth, what initially struck me about your interview was the extremely high quality of your audio and video. The picture was crystal clear, your backgrounds weren’t distracting, and your lighting was from a good direction and was at a good level. Your audio levels were great and had very little, if any, background noise. Your diction was well chosen and you spoke very clearly. You also spoke at a great speed; it wasn’t so fast that I couldn’t follow what you were saying, and it wasn’t so slow that I was losing interest in what you were saying. Your interview answers were really solid and you kept bringing your answers back to projects that you had worked on and experience that you have. Especially with a recent graduate, having experience going into an interview can really set you apart from the other candidates looking for that particular position. I especially liked the answer in which you spoke about the grocery list marketing stunt that you made. I think that that was a really excellent idea and innovative media strategies like that will draw a potential employer’s eye much faster than a breadth of boring experience. Finally, your change in outfits to denote the two speakers was effective and very noticeable.
Inquire- Was there a particular reason that you wrote down your answers and read them during the interview? I wonder because it could be helpful to have answers to popular questions written down and practice ahead of time like you did in this video. Also, was there a reason you chose to seat yourself center of frame during the recording? What editing/recording software did you use? What microphone did you use and did you use any pop filters?
Suggest- Have you thought of only writing down the questions that you need to ask yourself for the mock interview? Learning to answer these questions off the cuff and deliver them more naturally could be invaluable in a real interview situation, it would also make your delivery seem more natural for purposes of this video. I would also suggest having the two “speakers” be in different sections of the screen. This is an effective camera trick when conveying two people are speaking to one another when they aren’t on screen at the same time. By having the interviewer be on the left side of the frame and the interviewee on the right, it would be even more obvious when the speaker changes. I would also recommend adding a dip to black between speaker changes to make it even that more apparent. Finally, I would use a pop filter (you can google how to make one out of things around the house if you don’t have one) for your audio recording. It will soften your voice a little bit and eliminate any unwanted mouth sounds.
Elevate- Perhaps you can add more insight by asking yourself some more vague questions about your personality or your work ethic. Even something like, “What do you do for fun?” can be used by employers to determine if you would be a good fit for their team. I’ve found that how well you would fit in a given team is very important in an employer’s hiring decision.