Don’t let fancy, expensive technology scare you off. You can use your smart phone or desk top camera or your daughter’s pink princess flip cam to record questions for a simple mock interview. The How-to is outlined in this great piece from The Guardian Online.
Pre-recording interview questions simulates the feeling of responding in real time, which can help client practice feel more real. We repeat interview questions multiple times for every client. Using this approach can save time and help you be more than one place at once. I can think of several ways to use this approach to help refugee clients:
- I’m often surprised at how soon many clients are able to get a smart phone. You could record a few questions onto their phone and show them how to play them back for practice at home. They might even be able to record their final responses and bring them back in to your next appointment so you could provide feedback.
- Volunteers could use prerecorded questions from you (loaded on to a USB memory stick) to help client practice exactly the questions you want them to work on together.
- You could use this approach in Job Readiness classes using someone other than the instructor as the “interviewer”. This could also help clients practice comprehension with multiple speakers of English.