For this post, I am conducting a peer review for Antonio Roboostoff. This review is for a mock interview session that was conducted for a career development class. Antonio was provided five questions, and asked to add an additional five questions to help prepare for future interviews.
The link to his mock interview is here: Antonio Roboostoff Mock Interview
Good afternoon Antonio,
As usual, I really enjoyed reviewing the work you have submitted. It has been an honor to watch you develop and grow these past 28 months. I want to commend you on your on camera presence. Most noticeable, is that you generally keep your attention focused forward, minimal full body movement, and make use of your hands in an appropriately expressive manner. The ability to keep minimal body movement is something that I aspire to perfect, and I thank you for the reminder. As I watched the additional questions you asked, I love you related your opinions on good leadership, as well as what you look for in a leader. As I followed along with your questions, I recognize that these two questions have answers I may not be prepared to answer, so I will be practicing my own answer to these questions. You really have done quite well at maintaining a fairly consistent tone, and body language. Your hard work has really paid off in your ability to communicate effectively on camera, and there is noticeable confidence in your work.
It was interesting that your answer about “what you know the company,” transitioned into your identified strengths they mesh with the company. I think there is space for this, but ultimately it seemed the answer to the question was lost. Were you intentionally trying to connect your skills to your knowledge of the company? Is there a way you could introduce a transition to that connection, if this is indeed your intent? Additionally, it seemed you were less comfortable and a bit uncertain when answering questions related to why you should be hired, and what you look for in a leader. I sensed a discomfort through body language you expressed. Be careful about putting thumbs in the pocket when answering a question, and work to maintain a consistent tone of voice when answering these two questions, despite any discomfort you may experience while answering the question. This too, is something I need additional practice with in my own interviewing skills.
Have you considered trying to conduct a full interview session without moving your hands to express your ideas? This is tough for me, as I talk with my hands a lot. However, I did note that when your hands were still, and your fingers touching one another, or even when your fist was resting in your hand, you appeared more confident in your answers. I would see if that is something you could perfect, since that really came across confident and professional. Just an observation I thought you may appreciate. You do indeed communicate with strength, even without your hands in motion.
One consideration for future improvements is to identify the points in the interview where you became soft spoken, or giving the impression you would require guidance or assistance. I personally feel it is good to acknowledge your appreciation for assistance, or even your invitation to listen to guidance, but perhaps you could pose this as an opportunity that you welcome rather than something you would require. Lastly, my final future improvement is related to your question about unwinding from a stressful day. What made your answer unique was your desire to “disconnect” from all technology to reflect. In this situation, the actual location or setting is less important than the actual act of reflection. See if there is a way to place greater emphasis on the actual reflection and how it assists you in moving towards your achievements.
Antonio, it has been a real pleasure going through this program together. I’m uncertain if you are attending graduation, but if you are, I hope we have a chance to meet in person. It has been a real pleasure, and great things are before you, friend. Your ongoing faith and dedication to ministry is inspiring. Don’t ever lose the passion and spark you hold.