Take your pens and write. To pass a job interview successfully you will need two days, one curriculum vitae, one mirror, one dictaphone and free time (about an hour) of three of your friends.
Most candidates’ main problem is that they cannot sell themselves. In the USA people are taught to present themselves from early childhood. In some other countries people are taught to be modest and not to show off. As a result, during a job-interview a grown-up man or woman becomes paralyzed. The paralysis may be of two types: either he or she can hardly say anything or talk unstructured gibberish. That is why HR-managers don’t understand them, become confused and get angry. The result of such interview is clear.
I am not going to fix your childhood troubles. I will tell you an easy way to make your job interview advantageous.
Do so five times during the first day.
If you do everything correctly and analyze your work every time, it will take you about 3.5 hours.
You are ready.
The first 20 minutes of a job interview are the most stressful when the candidate hasn’t accustomed to the situation yet but has to present himself or herself. With the help of this method your self-presentation is automated and during your introduction you have time to look around, “breathe out” and understand who you are talking to and what is going to be next.
Your looking around doesn’t affect your introduction – the HR-manager hears a nice well-structured self-presentation and “becomes kinder” – there is a high chance you get more benevolent questions on your biography.
As a result, you pass the most complicated part of the interview almost without any stress which affects the future offer greatly.