I went to an interview coach yesterday
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|Thu, 06-09-2011 - 2:03pm|
Although I haven't had a lot of job interviews during my year-long job search, I'm trying to improve my odds of getting an offer so last night I went to an interview coach, a former HS principal, who came highly recommended.
So for those of you who are looking for a job, I will share with you his wisdom. In a nutshell, he said most people view an interview as a quiz, but it is actually a lesson and you are the teacher. He says first off you need to have an "elevator speech" where you can sum up yourself and why you are the best candidate and use it at the beginning of the interview. Then he said you need to tell the interviewer something about yourself in every question. You should tell them something about yourself and THEN answer the question. We practiced doing this. It's REALLY hard and a very different way, at least for me, to approach an interview. Then he videotaped me in a mock interview and we went over it. That was eye-opening. I'm basically an introvert with a very laid back personality so his advice to me is that I needed to be more animated and passionate. I know am like this but, seeing myself in black and white on screen really showed how I can be perceived as too flat. It was uncomfortable but, enlightening. It's funny because I was watching the Today show this morning and they were giving "how to find a job tips" and the interview expert recommended having someone tape you in a mock job interview and then watching yourself. I definitely recommend it.
So there's my two cents, which is actually his two cents which I paid a pretty penny for. I hope it helps any of you guys who are job hunting. :smileyhappy: