EP 820 How can I get better?

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I received a question from someone I thought was a very fair question. Jimmy, he has an obvious answer, but not to this person. The question is, "How can I improve my interview performance?"

Interviewing is an acquired skill. No little baby is born with the ability to interview effectively. Their job is to just be cute. That is as much as they know how to interview.

For you as an adult working in the profession of some sort or in unskilled job being evaluated by a future employer, interviewing is pretty predictable rules and patterns to it. Learn them. You learn them, not simply by studying the book, but by practicing how to answer interview questions. You need to practice how to conduct yourself with appropriate body language, how to write a resume (Oops. That is about interviewing).

Everything you do in the interview is going to be measured and evaluated. There are millions of questions that could be asked. I just want to remind you that it's not just what you say that matters; but how you tell the story of your experience. Start with the basic questions. If you're not sure what they are, go to my YouTube channel which is TheBigGameHunterTV. Look at the playlists and I have answers to tough interview questions... Start practicing how to answer them. Don't just simply think the answers; have the words come out of your mouth. This way, with practice, with time, your performance will improve. I will prove it to you.

When you are a little girl or a little boy I somehow imagine there was that moment where you learn to toilet train. You know, the 1st few times you probably weren't too good at, right? As an adult, this isn't anything that you think about anymore. This is proof the practice creates improvement.

The same thing happens in interviewing. Practice will create improvement. If you are in a specialty area, whether it is in medicine, in IT or in engineering or in accounting, obviously their professional questions that you might be asked that go beyond the standard scope of the general questions. Practice answers to those questions, too. If you're not sure what they are, ask your network for advice. You do have friends who work in the field right? Take advantage of those relationships, have them do mock interviews with you. You will get better.

I hope you found this answer helpful. I also host JobSearchCoachingHQ.com I am the head coach there. There, I have curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that is going to help your interviews improve. You don't have to join there. You can go to YouTube; I have a ton of stuff there, but if you want to get the best of it, again, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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