Sitting in the hot-seat for a job, promotion, client project, or any other interview situation can cause the most confident man or woman to start biting their nails. Prepare in advance, and you dramatically reduce the level and strength of your nerves.
But improper preparation is like leaning your ladder against the wrong wall. You can climb fast, hard, and efficiently, but if your ladder’s leaned against the wrong wall, you’ve done nothing but waste time and energy.
So how do you make sure you invest yourself in a way that will get you the results you want? Narrow the distance between you and other competitors. Hire a coach who knows what employers are looking for. I work with organizational leaders all over the globe who decide with the final, “Yes,” or “No.”
Here’s what you can expect from the process:
- From a field of over 100 common questions interviewer’s ask, we’ll determine the short list of those most likely targeted by your industry interviewer.
- We’ll craft smart answers to interview questions, simple enough for you to remember, so you excel in front of the man or woman you need to impress.
- Assessing your personality strengths we’ll build a foundation of confidence in who you are, and what you have to offer.
- You will role play the interview in advance, giving you the edge over your competition.
- We’ll develop a customized Personal Promotion Packet to set your resume, or proposal apart.
- You will receive a bonus segment on truly effective dress that brings success.
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7 Secrets for Success in an Interview
- Wear black, navy, brown, or gray with a splash of color. Red for energy, yellow for cheer, light or medium blue for trust. Overdressed is better than underdressed.
- Wear a light earthy scent – pleasant but understated. Do not douse yourself in a heavy perfume or cologne; some are allergic or irritated by strong smells.
- Listen to calming music on your way to the interview. Be aware of tones and decibels that elevate blood pressure.
- Freshen your breath with invigorating peppermint, spearmint, or cinnamon.
- Offer or return a firm handshake. Positive energy is exchanged in appropriate touch.
- Listen twice as much as you speak – you have two ears and one mouth for a reason. This alone will make you stand above the crowd.
- Show a genuine willingness to follow and learn. If you get the job, do not let comfort steal coachable traits.
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7 Setups for Failure in an Interview
- Wear dirty, wrinkled, revealing, or all neutral colored clothes.
- Give dishonest answers. Exaggerate. Avoid eye contact. Don’t smile. (The truth seeps through body language.)
- Assume you know the outcome before you start. Either wear an arrogant sense of entitlement, or presume you won’t get the position.
- Distract the interviewer with personal texts, calls, or social media alerts from your phone.
- Cut the interviewer off when they are speaking. You appear as an uncoachable employee.
- Neglect to thank your interviewer with sincere gratitude for the time and energy they invested in you.
- Become dismayed if you don’t get the position. You may get a call later, this may not be the right job-fit, or something better may wait on the horizon.
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