Interview tips beyond the usual

  • Stephanie Clark

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Plain Talk is Best

Posted by Stephanie on August 16, 2012

I recall being nervous before interviews. Part of it was because I hadn’t prepared – I didn’t know how to prepare, way back when.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but once upon a time I wasn’t even aware of the many career management books available at the local library! I think that I assumed “how to interview” was a skill that most people were born with, or that their schools had done a better job than mine of covering this critical life skill (another blog topic perhaps?). Yes, nervous, unprepared, and afraid of coming across as stupid. Okay, I said it. Admitted my very human feeling of inadequacy and coming across as dumb. Phew, not so bad!

And part of that feeling was of being at a loss for words. I think I put far too much pressure on myself to “sound intelligent.” You know, use fancy words, or “high fallutin” language as a recent client said!

Nonsense. Take the pressure off yourself by giving yourself permission to speak plainly. I guarantee you that the interview team’s members won’t even notice whether you had, or had not, used language that made you eligible for a PhD.

The less pressure you feel to “perform” a certain way, the more relaxed you will be, the more natural your delivery and the more connection you’ll establish with your interviewer(s).  Establishing rapport and connection is more important than most job seekers are aware of. “Fit” is likely equal to credentials when it comes to landing that job offer. Working to your career success, Stephanie (feeling fine after admitting to human foibles!)


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