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Dated 31st Mar 2004

What is mock interview and how important is it for a candidate?



A mock interview is the equivalent of a "dress rehearsal" for the real interview.

The purpose of a mock interview is to refine and modify the content and presentation skills of answers while preparing for a real interview situation

Develop improve and maintain the existing communication skills.

No-risk practice and observance of the interview process prior to the interview that counts.

Rectify the real mistakes that you actually may commit in a real interview

Improving your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Developing own responses to the various questions one expects from an interview.

Helps in having a less stressful and a tension free interview session at the interview. Helps reduce fear and intimidation factor that is sometimes associated with that interview which is most important in your life.

What are the career prospects for nautical science?


Graduates have a wide range of opportunities within the shipping industries. This includes careers at sea as deck officers as well as shore-based careers within shipping companies in technical support and management.

Graduates move into a wide variety of positions from marine underwriters, shipping business analysts, operations assistants and trainee shipbrokers to the management of freight forwarding, port terminal operation, management of transport insurance, trainee maritime lawyers and shipping company management.

What are the growth prospects of a patent agent and what is the job profile?


Patent agents are employed either in private practice in a specialist firm, or in corporate practice within a research or manufacturing organisation. The same skills are required whether working in private practice or in a corporate situation and the work undertaken in the first few years is likely to be similar.

After gaining experience, patent agents working in private practice are likely to find more variety in terms of inventions indifferent areas of technology, clients in different business sectors, clients from very small to multinational businesses and varied legal problems. Because patent agents are perceived as expensive commodities, they tend to be consulted sparingly and often when trouble has already arisen, so that patent agents can often feel on the edge of the process.

Most of the patent agents are employed in private practice. Working in corporate practice gives the chance to become a specialist, gaining depth of knowledge in an area such as pharmaceuticals or engineering. Patent staff are directly involved in the business of the company and informed about the progress of a potential patent. If you have a particular interest in one area of knowledge, you are more likely to gain satisfaction working within corporate practice.

Patent agents are employed in the following sectors: telecommunications, automotive, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, materials, engineering, chemicals, computers, food and drink

How to handle the question - `how is the experience you have going to benefit this particular job?'


This is a very good opportunity to sell yourself, but the interviewer will be looking for an individual who is a problem solver and can 'keep the show running inspite of the loose ends'. The answer to this question lies in understanding the role when it is described to you and taking the trouble to ask questions about the tasks involved. This opens the door for you to respond with suitable skills and the experience showing that you could accept the role with confidence. The underlying assumption is 'how much training and instruction are we going to have to give you before letting you take on this project?'

You need to clearly emphasise that the skills you acquired from your previous job will certainly enhance the post you are applying for. Quote sufficient examples to support your argument.

I will be completing my graduation this year, would be pursuing my post -graduate degree. I would like to work for some time before I take up my course probably a summer job, how do I do it?


Getting a two-month summer job is not difficult. That is because there are many activities that companies want to do but do not have the temporary help they need and internal resources cannot be spared. These could be short-term projects in the fields of sales promotion or search or feedback for a particular product, market survey. If you look around, you will be able to locate many agencies, which habitually take up jobs on behalf of companies. Approach them and leave your bio-data, before your vacations.

There are openings in restaurants, fairs, telesales, marketing executives etc., the list is an endless one. So it is important to get on the active list of these agencies.

Another search would be through relatives or parents of friends who may be employed in banks and companies.

Advantage of summer jobs: Apart from the obvious advantages of earning pocket money and being busy during holidays, summer jobs help in giving the required confidence to a youngster.

If you are particularly talented or show promise in the job, the company will offer you a full time job once you finish college. This is no small advantage, considering the fact that many college graduates have a tough time finding a worthwhile job. So the summer job should be taken seriously and should be done well. It should not be seen merely as a time-pass.

These jobs help to build personality; you are bound to learn the art of dressing up and presenting yourself when you work with professionals.

The first step is to assess what work you enjoy doing. If you like to meet people, then sales and public relations jobs are for you. In market research too, you will meet a lot of people.

The idea is to assess yourself first and then go about applying for jobs. Employers will appreciate the fact that you have thought about the job you want to do, instead of going to them and saying you are willing to do anything.

Whichever job you take up, it is good to remember that almost all jobs are tedious and boring to some extent. They are also frustrating sometimes.

The faq column deals with career concerns addressed to The C&K Management LTD. PO Box 2178, Secunderabad 500003 or emailed to

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