In Katie Yezzi's NYTimes Job Market piece "At Work, Practice Puts Perfection in Reach," she described how her boss urged her to practice before conducting employee evaluations, and showed how he practiced with her.
"Doug demonstrated some language I could use, and I rephrased it and tried it out, and then went over and over the main pieces of the conversation. When it was time for the review, I felt competent and calm, and was able to be entirely present and to listen," she wrote.
A message for interviewers and interview candidatesConducting employee evaluations is just one activity that benefits from practice. Yezzi notes, "In fields like music and sports, the best performers always keep practicing."
Being interviewed (and interviewing) are activities that requires attention and practice. Make sure that you have prepared for your next interview by asking and answering hard questions.