Past IssuesFebruary 20, 2017
10 Secrets For Nailing The Job Interview
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10 Secrets For Nailing The Job Interview
By Pat Williams, Corporate Motivational Speaker and Author
These "secrets" were culled over the years by top human resources professionals and represent the qualities they look for in a successful job candidate. In reviewing them, I found they are practical life principals as well. They include:
1. Networking - Getting your next job is less about who you know than it is about who knows what you know. Start where you are and widen your circles of influence. Get involved in professional organizations, social networks, affinity groups--go anywhere you can meet people in your area of expertise who would be glad to know what you can do for them. I've always said that life is about "collecting people," and nowhere is this truer than in our professional lives.
2. Being ready for the questions an interviewer is likely to ask you - and the best way to do that is to have a life plan. Know where it is you are headed, what you want to "be when you grow up." When you have a clear sense of your purpose and your goals, you can see the mile markers along the journey that each job interview represents. Beyond that, study sample interviews and do your homework regarding the companies with which you plan to interview.
3. Being prepared - In all my years as a speaker, I've found that at least 90% of each event is what happens in advance. If I'm not prepared to go up there and address the audience, they're not going to be happy with me. The same is true when we go in for the job interview. In these highly competitive days, we've got to see it as auditioning for American Idol: only the top performers are likely to be called back. So before you speak to anyone, whether in person or on the phone, have a solid hold on what you're going to say and how you will say it.
4. Display professionalism - Here's an elusive word, "professionalism." What does it really mean? We spend this chapter helping you get a grip on this concept, from what not to wear, to developing a mindset, to seeing professionalism as a standard of living. If a world-class career is what you're after, it's critical to dress, think, and live as a professional, 24/7.
5. Exuding self-confidence - If you're naturally shy or insecure, this one might seem the most challenging of our tips. But the winning candidate is the one who knows she knows what she knows, and can confidently communicate that image. In this chapter, I tell the story of my son Alan, who did NOT want to hear Dad talk to him about leadership. Then came the day I picked him up from school and he excitedly told me he'd been selected captain of his basketball team. "Well guess what that makes you, Alan?" I said. He thought a moment and squeaked, "A leader?" Turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened in his life. It's all about believing in yourself. So if you have any doubts, I'm telling you right now that I believe in you! You should too, for that is the person most likely to win the job interview.
6. Exhibiting communication skills - Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter tells us, "Without credible communication and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of others are never captured." It may not seem to you that this is your mission in the job interview, but it is! Your goal is to convince the hiring manager that you are the person they've been looking for all their lives. That means you've got to sound like the right candidate when you speak and that anything you've written--from your resume to an email--to that individual reflects a polished, confident, professional demeanor. If you need to, join a group like Toastmasters to improve your speaking skills or take a business writing class.
7.Radiating energy and enthusiasm - Have you ever spoken to someone who seemed to blend in to the wallpaper? Perhaps you've forgotten the experience because that person was so, well, forgettable. Don't let that be you! The way to stand out from the crowd is to do so with energy. Think Richard Simmons here. You don't have to jump around or dress in strange gym shorts--please, don't do that! But you do need to "look alive," as they say. I've found the best way to make sure you radiate energy is through choosing a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, exercise daily. Read inspiring books. Become the person anyone would be proud to hire. It really is a mind game, in that it begins and ends with how you think of yourself.
8. Revealing your extraversion - Some of us are naturally outgoing, while others are like that guy we just talked to, Wally Wallpaper. But we can all practice being more outgoing. My writing partner in this book, Peggy Matthews Rose, remembered her first job working in retail when she was asked to greet "perfect strangers." The requirement did not feel natural to her, but in time she was able to turn on the smile and make the customers feel welcome. That's what it's all about. It's about being the best you that you can be on behalf of your employer.
9. Being a person of integrity - In a world that often seems to be turning upside down before our very eyes--a world full of corruption, dishonesty, uncertainty, and often fear--we are hungry for men and women of integrity. People who say what they mean and mean what they say. People who are honest, undivided, and trustworthy. People who can be counted on to always do the right thing. It may not always seem like it when you read the headlines, but that is the kind of person every company wants representing them. That is the person who will change his or her world.
10. Revealing your creativity - No matter what the position is you're interviewing for, every company appreciates creativity. Don't think that's you? You might surprise yourself if you just try. It begins with realizing that you are a uniquely created individual, made in the image of a creative God. We imitate him every day, whether we know it or not. So look for creative ways to express yourself in the interview. It might be through a portfolio, or you might be like the guy who sent the Magic office pizza with his resume printed inside the box! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA Orlando Magic. As one of America's top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Tyson Foods to name a few. Pat is also the author of over 55 books. His most recent title highlights the secrets to peak performance in The Success Intersection.