Throughout our working lives, we’ve all received many messages about how best to behave in an interview. But these bits of advice often have the effect of paralyzing our instincts and judgment about how to act, resulting in our becoming subservient to the interviewer. Avoid this. Realize that the interviewer will decide within the first 10 minutes of the interview whether or not they pay attention to the remaining 50.
It’s like if I told you that you were going to play craps in Las Vegas or Atlantic City and that you were going to win 95 times out of 100. You wouldn’t be too worried about the gap, would you? Well, often, because it’s an interview and it has everything to do with our livelihoods, people start to do things that don’t fit for them, acting uncomfortably worried while they try to feel out the other person. It’s counterproductive. Don’t worry about it; you’ll do fine if you just trust your instincts. Below are ten tips designed to help you perform comfortably:
- Find out what the objective skills are that the company wants.
- Prepare answers to questions that you would ask if you were in their shoes, trying to evaluate someone to do this job.
- Make sure you focus your answers on the parts of your experience that they care about.
- In your manner and your speech, demonstrate self-
- Confidence is an acquired state of mind that comes from mastery of
- Practice with others.
- Don’t lie; they always find out.
- Listen more and talk less (and its corollary—The more THEY talk, the more they like you!).
- Ask great questions. Prepare them in advance.
- As soon as you meet the person who will be interviewing you, size them up as a person, and deal with them as you pre-suppose them to be.
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