Reduce Interview Anxiety
Interview with Dr. Paul Powers Author of the book 'Winning Job Interviews: Reduce Interview Anxiety'
3. Can the job seeker guide references into providing the kind of information that the prospective employer might want to have?
They can and they must. You must prep your references about what job you have applied for, why you think youre a great fit for it and what you hope they will say. And you must do this every time you give out their names.
4. One of your chapters mentions calamities. Can you give an example from your practice?
Job candidates often rate common, small mistakes as major calamities because they want everything to be perfect. These small glitches can usually be covered with an Excuse me, what I mean to say was . . . I have had candidates share interview stories of getting a nosebleed, getting nauseous, tipping over a plant stand, and, one of my personal faves, saying he knew and really liked the interviewers ex-wife. It is not so much about the calamity as the grace and aplomb you show when dealing with it.
5. Who makes the first move in closing the deal? Does it matter how far up the food chain you are as far as the amount of control you can get in an interview?
The candidate can start the closing process by uncovering and addressing any potential objections to his/her candidacy and by clearly expressing a desire to be hired. But - and this is irrespective of your level - you cant say I do until somebody has proposed!
6. How does someone fresh out of college come across as being more accomplished?
By being more accomplished. Show how the jobs (paid and volunteer) youve held have taught you valuable skills and educated you about the realities of the workplace. Sweeping a warehouse - good. Organizing other tutors - good. Creative fund raising for a charity you value - good. Being beer pong champion - bad.
7. How does a job seeker talk about a negative job experience without sounding like a loser?
8. You mention loving the job. How does the job seeker end up loving the job? Is it all about attitude or is there more to it?
One bricklayer said I lay brick, I build buildings. Another said I use my talent and skills to create practical, solid and beautiful things that reach into the sky and that will still stand here - still solid and still beautiful - long after Im gone. Which one would you hire? Which one would you want to be?
10. Is there anything else that you would want to leave with the readers of this website?
Job hunting and job interviewing isnt anything that you will do frequently enough to get really great at. Being human, you will make some mistakes along the way- no big deal! Learn from them and move on. And remember, the era of the parental Im looking out for you employer is long gone. The management of your career and the success you will achieve is all in your hands. Accept that challenge and you will succeed.
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