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Nail Your First Interview

February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

My daughter is beginning her quest in mastering the Interviewing process for college scholarships. Some of her friends are just interested in nailing their first "real job" interview. Whether you're a first-timer or veteran at interviewing, the same rules and anxiety ridden moments apply. It's a daunting task being under pressure performing our best! I know what you want! You want to walk in, give the best interview and leave with the job and salary desired. "Back in the day" this could very well happen. We could walk in the interview and walk out with a glimmer of hope. Now it's all about submitting resumes online in hopes yours gets noticed. From the first interview to the third, it's a waiting game, but not to worry, that's why we're here.

From choosing the right suit or outfit to having a "good hair day", to fishing for the right words to say in the interview, all can overwhelm you if you let it. The lobby has applicants with the same intentions as you. They want to knock the socks off of the interviewer. Interviews are unpredictable due to the chemistry with a complete stranger. BEWARE - these types of strangers are fragile, no jokes please or anything remotely rude. We want to use the right vocabulary words, body language, mannerisms and etiquette. Using the right vocabulary words can help seal the deal as well as your attire, and pleasing personality. Interviews are sometimes filled with silence. Can you handle uncomfortable silence? They're glaring at the resume, judging us from head to toe. In the back of our minds we're hoping we can connect on some level to score big brownie points.

Let's talk about brownie points. What can we do to make the interviewer like us? What can we say and how can we act to make the interviewer consider us as a better candidate? What is that "special something" that will be memorable in their minds when you leave the room? Use your intuition, think fast and try not to end up with your foot in your mouth. Mentioning a kind, genuine comment about the artwork on the wall might work. Knowing everything about the company you're interviewing with is your ultimate goal. This will impress your interviewer. Speaking of impressing, is your resume on-point? Staying abreast of new formats can make your words pop off the page, in a good way. Easily read resumes will allow the eyes to flow from present to past accomplishments. Editing your words can be tedious, but resumes must correct grammar and spelling.

What is your body language saying? Is your body language too causal or uptight? It's fun to read this unspoken language. Eyes and hands will tell-all. Are your hands shaking? Do you fidget with your hair a lot? Are you playing with your keys or texting? Are your hands in your pockets? Practice relaxing your hands by letting them lay in your lap or in a relaxed position resting on the arm of a chair. If you roll or shift your eyes when answering questions, this too can send mixed signals. How extensive is your vocabulary? We're all guilty of replacing perfectly good vocabulary words with slang and idioms. It's the norm to dilute our English vocabulary and slaughter the pronunciation of words. As a media tutor I give clients 10 questions that interviewers could likely ask. We create 3 ways of potentially answering one question at a time. Example, "In college I kept my grades up as I worked at the Mall, instead say, "In college I maintained a 4.0 GPA while working at The Limited for 4 years."

A nice personality is something we can't purchase, this one is one you! When all else fails, your personality seal the deal. The night before the interview reserve time to prep, print paperwork and practice your delivery. Consider the foods eaten as this can alter moods the next day. Printing out necessary paperwork the night before can save us time. Remember worry and anger shows up on our face so how get your personality and smiles in-check before you travel to the interview. That means, not accepting disturbing phone calls or talking to people with a negative nature who could affect your mood. Catch and think fast! Thinking quick and responding correctly works when you're relaxed and in the zone. In the zone means your present in the room and listening intently. If you know that you're easily distracted it is imperative you hone your listening skills. All wardrobe decisions begin in the head. What's in your closet perfect for the interview? What's in the closet that looks professional? Most importantly what style of clothing fits the job description? Getting the advice of a wardrobe consultant is a good investment. In fact some wardrobe consultants are free when you make purchases from their line. Mannerisms are closely tied to body language and etiquette. Think back to all the conversations your mother and family members had with you pertaining to bad habits, good habits and things that were annoying. Etiquette is one of my favorite subjects. Now we have to deal with phone etiquette and email etiquette. There are so many ways to insult people, just know the rules before you play in the larger corporate arenas or internationally.

I'll wrap this interview up by saying, interviews are a revolving door and the world is a small place. Don't burn bridges, use your manners and shoot for the stars in your quest to get the job, the scholarship and your hearts desire.

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