4 Myths About InterviewStream Prep

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We talk with career service professionals from around the world every day. In these conversations, we often hear myths about video practice interviews and InterviewStream Prep. We’d like to address some of these myths to show why video can be a valuable addition to your career center.

  1. Students only learn best from 1-on-1 mock interviews

We agree that nothing will replace the value of a 1-on-1 in-person mock interview and the true simulation of the pressure of a job interview. However, we believe that pre-recorded video can be a useful complement for career counselors and students alike.

For students, video creates a no-pressure environment to practice and objectively self-assess their skills. Unlike using a mirror to prepare, students get the simulated interaction of being asked questions. Also, with a recording, students can view their responses after completing them, which removes the distraction of trying to assess yourself during the act of practicing.

Additionally, students will be able to practice on their own prior to and after an in-person mock interview. This enriches any soft-skill development program by ensuring that students can be prepared before scheduling time with a career counselor and also ensuring that students can brush up on their skills later.

Finally, students who are hard to reach because of busy schedules or different learning styles can use video as an alternative way to prepare for their career. By offering a variety of options, your career center can serve more students.

  1. Pre-recorded video is only for interviewing

One of the largest misconceptions about InterviewStream Prep is that it can only be used to practice interviewing. In reality, your program can adapt pre-recorded video to address all areas of soft skill development. Entrepreneurial students, for example, can use video to practice their presentation skills to help sell their products or even to receive venture capital investments for their ideas.

Every student’s career will benefit by practicing professional communication skills and applying them throughout the journey from job-seeker to employee.

  1. Students won’t use the technology

We understand that even the greatest technology in the world is useless if nobody uses it. It’s our goal to support you in any way necessary to ensure that students take advantage of InterviewStream’s practice interviewing.
For many students, if something doesn’t count for a grade or for an extracurricular club/organization, they simply won’t do it. With that in mind, our new platform includes special access for professors who want to utilize video in the classroom. This allows faculty to take advantage of the technology without ceding administrative control away from the career center.

InterviewStream also hosts intercollegiate competitions to help engage your students and promote student adoption, such as our annual Mock Interview Madness competition or our current Twitter event. These contests help promote student adoption by allowing students to compete against each other for prizes for themselves or their university.

Our Client Success team is also happy to help your career staff set up a contest tailored to the needs of your students. We will help you reach out to students in the ways that work best on your campus to ensure that students develop their soft skills for their future.

  1. We can’t afford this technology

We understand that budgeting can be difficult, especially for larger institutions. However, we will help your team in any way possible to ensure that you are able to fight for the funding you need to effectively serve your students. Our team is committed to helping schools find corporate sponsors, alumni donations or grant funding to help afford the technology investments that will help your students the most.

InterviewStream Prep offers the best value for your budget:

  • We have nearly 12 years of experience and a full team dedicated to using video to help students prepare for job interviews and develop their soft skills. Other newcomers to the space don’t have that experience or staff.
  • Mock interviews are our core competency, not a nice-to-have add-on. Our platform is built around interviewing and offers the premiere interview prep experience.

If you’d like to learn more about using InterviewStream Prep for soft skill development and interview practice, sign up for a free, no-pressure Product Tour.

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