Remain calm when interviewing
First, take a deep breath before you head into the interview. Leave all your baggage in your car, along with your phone. Remember that you don’t want to word vomit. I had an interview this last week and I got word vomit all over me! It’s hard to see through all the vomit on your glasses (ok that’s too much of a visual, sorry!) but really, it is hard to see the good qualities in a candidate when all that is said is like WHATTT did you say…..
We’ll call the interviewee John, John seemed like a nice guy, but when I went to type up what he was saying he just kept talking. When you’re in an interview and they have questions written or typed, while they’re writing or typing, please, please, PLEASE just remain calm. Just because they’re writing, doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just to remember what you said later on.
I asked John the question “What is your greatest weakness?” Clearly he didn’t think about what his best answer would be BEFORE coming to the interview. His answer was “When I get handed a big task or goal, I do a great job right up until the end, then I don’t finish it. I just don’t have the motivation to see it through to the end.” The first thing that I thought of was perseverance. And how Walt Disney went to over 300 bankers before he heard a yes. I can only imagine how many good ideas John must have that never come to fruition because he doesn’t follow through.
Also, he had a very strange answer. I could see where he was coming from, and I know that I’ve been guilty of that before. However, as someone who will be hiring you, that’s probably not the best thing to say to someone that you could be employed by. I’m not sure that I would even want to try and put a positive spin on that. I think that I would just totally find another answer. BUT if he wanted to add that answer to something that he’s working on professionally, I could take that! Or When the question “What is your greatest professional achievement?” is asked, John could have said “I have many professional achievements, but one that I’m focusing on perfecting right now, is motivation. I love working on a project, putting so much heart and soul into it, sometimes I have a problem with finishing 100%. However, I’ve really been working on this personally and professionally and I won’t stop working on it until I finish all of my projects.”
This would show that he’s currently working and actively thinking about it all the time. To that answer, I would have asked: “What steps are you taking to achieve this?”
It’s always best, to tell the truth when you’re in an interview even when it’s hard to. Remember to take the negatives and show a bit of positive light on them without beaming a light on the negatives. No one is perfect and no one should expect you to be either.
Folks, the moral of the story here is you’ve got to be prepared before heading into an interview. Look up interview questions and put yourself in the interviewer’s position, what answer would you want to hear? Remain calm and level headed, and you’ll succeed.
I’d also like to mention that…. (I’m hesitant (but happy) to even say this…) I’m offering my Career Elevation Course for $49 if you prepay. The course will be released on November 15th, and the price will never ever be $49 again. In this course, you will learn how to set yourself aside from the other resumes, update your references, cover letter, help with interview questions and even what you should wear to an interview. Complete with Amazon links to buy some of the clothing, seriously, there isn’t a course out there this complete, get in line now!
I’ll see you next week when we talk about change. If you refuse to change it will leave you in chains. I’d like to help bust you out of those chains and stop saying “That’s the way we’ve always done it”.
Thank you for reading, I’d also like to mention that…. (I’m hesitant (but happy) to even say this…) I’m offering my Career Elevation Course for $49 if you prepay. The course will be released on November 15th, and the price will never ever be $49 again. In this course, you will learn how to set yourself aside from the other resumes, update your references, cover letter, help with interview questions and even what you should wear to an interview. Complete with Amazon links to buy some of the clothing, seriously, there isn’t a course out there this complete, get in line now!
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