This exercise was great for me. Right off the bat I noticed something I could have done better with my presentation. I am about to interview an assistant/apprentice for my company, and this peer review showed me how I could have played that side of the mock interview better. It also reminded me that I need to revisit the goals section of the notes I made while preparing to write my business plan.
My peer review is on the mock interview from LaTroya Reaves. The person immediately behind me in the alphabet hasn’t posted a mock interview. So I went on to the next person.
The first thing I noticed is how deep she went with the role playing right off the bat. I think that was a brilliant decision, and it kind of made me feel like my own submission was inadequate. I just went into briefly asking a question in my mock interview. For people that want to be upwardly mobile, playing the role of interviewer is helpful. We all want to be able to hire people below us at some point, and I think the opening of this video did a great job of presenting that side of the equation.
I also like very much the description of supporting management in her current and past positions. That shows an ability to work with a team and gives management confidence that an employee can be relied on when tasks need delegating. I really like how descriptive she is with her duties in everything from assisting with power point presentations and financial reports to working with office supplies and building staff to make sure the office is running smooth. She has positioned herself as a key operator that helps everyone else do their job well. Adding in the near completion of the MCBS degree shows great initiative to multi-task while working at the same time. It also shows motivated initiative for personal and professional growth.
I thought the answer on wanting to get more creative could have been stronger. I felt the answer was only vaguely referring to exploring creativity. Perhaps the answer could have been more affirmative. Something such as, ‘the Media Communications Degree program I am about to complete has taught me that I have a lot of creativity waiting to be unleashed onto the business world. This position is a perfect place to allow me to do that.’
I did notice that there were a lot of ums and ahs. She noted the same in her improvement remarks. I think it is great to be so self-aware that this needs improvement. I think some of that nervousness may have to do with being so focused on creating an elaborate production for this assignment that it became a chore to remember the answers. In theory, the answers would flow more smoothly in a different setting. I suggest writing down [typing out] some career past experiences along with future goals and dreams. Then revisit that document as often as you can think of new information, time permitting of course. The more comfortable and confident you are in what you are wrote the more smooth it will flow when you speak about all of those goals, dreams, and experience. It is a similar exercise to this video, without the need for elaborate production.