Shadow Interviewing

Shadow Interviewing

Employers want applicants to understand their company, the job being applied to and to ask intelligent questions. A shadow interview is the due diligence to learn about a job before interviewing. This “reality visit” is an interview of someone in any industry before the actual pressure of an interview. By posing questions specifically designed to understand what preparation is necessary for a job and what the day-to-day job will be, the objective is to gain an advantage in the actual job interview. They are not random questions but specifically designed to gather due diligence on potential careers of interest and to grow comfort talking in an interview format. The shadow interview is not a job interview. It is a question and answer format with anyone to learn about what they do for a living. It is an absolute necessity to prepare for a successful job interview.

Reality Visit

A student should never take a test without preparing and studying in advance. If given the option it would be bad judgement not to take a practice test if offered the opportunity. A shadow interview is the practice to prepare you for the final exam (The Job Interview). The experience allows the exploration of the industry, understand the day to day job functions, identify skill sets expected for success and pursue more rapid career growth.

  • Learn networking thru experience meeting employees in industry.
  • Learn the expectations of the job candidate and the different cultures of organizations.
  • Learn which college courses or necessary qualifications are required or preferred in an applicant.
  • Understand the corporate “ladder” and how an employee may move into varying roles over time.
  • Gain comfort and learn the industry language to prepare as a better job candidate.
  • Earn points towards the LifeLaunch rewards program recording the interview*.

Industry Language

The shadow program is an archive of video interviews with parents, relatives, friends and employees of companies where an interviewer learns about jobs. These discussions familiarize the interviewer with an industry to speak more fluently in the industry language. Job interviewers expect certain knowledge by candidates of their industry and company. The shadow interview creates that “learning curve” of language required without the risk of “failing” the interview. It is an advantage in competitive hiring.

Shadow Interview Questions

1. What is your current job title and can you describe what you do in your position in this company?

2. How long have you been in this field? With this company?

3. What were some interests or opportunities that led you to this position?

4. What background or specific skillsets are/were useful in your career?

5. Why do you work here versus another company in this space?

6. Can you describe a typical day in your role at the company?

7. What is the average salary range in your position and with your experience?

8. Where do you see yourself moving forward, for example - in the next 5-10 years?

Shadow Interview Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a shadow interview?

In an increasing complex world of technology and media excesses the world has become mobile and challenging. One of the biggest challenges is networking. This demands a comfort with talking to strangers in a world where a generation has not developed this skill for a variety of reasons. A shadow interview is a simple way to develop interview skills first with known resources (parents, family and friends) and then expanding to career potential options. Walking up to strangers can be intimidating. Asking for a job can be outright scary. The shadow interview allows a member to become familiar asking valuable and entry level information in a non-intrusive format. The interviewed subject is not a hiring agent but instead an example of any person to learn a job description of what they do all day and their corporate function. Most everyone likes to talk about themselves. See HERE for more shadow interview info.

Rarely would one take a test without preparing and studying in advance. If given the option it would be bad judgement not to take a practice test if offered the opportunity. A shadow interview is the practice to prepare you for the final exam (The Job Interview). The experience allows the exploration of the industry, understand the day to day job functions, identify skill sets expected for success and pursue more rapid career growth.

  • Learn networking thru experience meeting employees in industry.
  • Learn the expectations of the job candidate and the different cultures of organizations.
  • Learn which college courses or necessary qualifications are required or preferred in an applicant.
  • Understand the corporate “ladder” and how an employee may move into varying roles over time.
  • Gain comfort and learn the industry language to prepare as a better job candidate.

Why the importance of a shadow interview?

The shadow interview is a self-created archive of video interviews with parents, relatives, friends and employees of companies where an interviewer learns about jobs and watches their behavior. These discussions familiarize the interviewer with an industry to speak more fluently in the industry language. Job interviewers expect certain knowledge by candidates of their industry and company. The shadow interview creates that “learning curve” of language required without the risk of “failing” the interview. It is an advantage in competitive hiring.

Why the same questions for all interviews?

These questions are non-intrusive and universal. They apply to all jobs. When interviewing questions are basic to understand how a person function in their day to day activities, what preparation should be considered for success and competency and what future opportunities will result from considering the job in the first place. There are jobs and there is work. Working in a career should bring accomplishment and enjoyment. A job offers pay. A career should provide stability, expertise and visibility both in pay and in pursuit of enjoying the biggest segment of your waking life.