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Are you comfortable with yourself?

21 Jul

Know Yourself

Most people dread the moment when their interviewer utters the words – “So, tell me about yourself.” But it’s actually the simplest question to navigate once you get down to the root of what’s being asked. “Tell me about yourself” really translates to: “What can you tell me about how your personality, interests, work habits and background will help you rock this position?”

Before you answer, rewind back to when you applied for the job -– the moment you decided that you and the position would be a solid match. Usually, the reasons that ran through your mind before you chose to apply are the answers the interviewer is looking for. Since you’re the most well-versed on the subject of you, this is your moment to paint the picture of what you bring to the table and why you’re the most dynamic and capable person for the job.

Nail the First Five Seconds

9 Jul

Use a Landline

Use a Landline

Tips on Rocking your Phone Interview:

Turn on the Radio

In a phone interview, your voice will make your big first impression, so get a head start on prepping your pipes a week pre-interview by tuning into talk radio. Whether it’s Cosmo, NPR, or the Red Sox game, notice the words and tone the hosts use to create a mental picture for listeners.

Polish Your Language

On that note, avoid filler words like yup, ummm, like,or you know.

Use a Cheat Sheet

One awesome thing about a phone interview is that it’s like an open-book test—you can have your notes right there in front of you, which gives you an extra confidence boost. Print out your resume, the job description, and a list of thoughtful questions to ask.

Nail the First
Five Seconds

Whether in person or on the phone, the manager’s initial impression  of you is the most important part of the interview. The key to rocking it? Find common ground that’ll make her feel connected to you. Instead of getting right down to business, start on a personal note, like, “I noticed you have a 202 number—I went to school in DC.” It makes you seem more human, not just a voice at the other end of the line.

Body language do’s for your next interview…

3 Jun

 

  • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. In addition to projecting interest and engagement in the interaction, aligning your body’s position to that of the interviewer’s shows admiration and agreement.
  • Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. Nod and make positive gestures in moderation to .

 

  • Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. Invading personal space (anything more than 20 inches) could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and take the focus away from your conversation.

 

  • Limit your application of colognes and perfumes. Invading aromas can arouse allergies. Being the candidate that gave the interviewer a headache isn’t going to do anything in your favor.

 

  • If you have more than one person interviewing you at once, make sure you briefly address both people with your gaze (without looking like a tennis spectator) and return your attention to the person who has asked you a question.
  • Interruptions can happen. If they do, refrain from staring at your interviewer while they address their immediate business and motion your willingness to leave if they need privacy.

 

  • Stand up and smile even if you are on a phone interview. Standing increases your level of alertness and allows you to become more engaged in the conversation.
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