Post # 16
Approach the interviewing with a COLLABORATIVE mindset.
Most people go into interviews with the mindset that it’s them against the company. They have to impress. They are on trial. The interviewers may not like them. They have a hill to climb. Etc.
– They already love me and we’re on the same team
– We are working together toward the common goal of getting me hired
– Technical skills got me the interview, my personality will get me the job
– Do I like them and the workplace culture they are presenting?
– Pretend you are interviewing them
Reframing in this way should help cut down on your jitters and make you come across as more relaxed and personable.
I agree with pp – ask plenty of questions, and be sure to practice speakly slowly and calmly.
DURING the interview, speak even more slowly than you think you should. Adrenaline speeds up our mind, and thus our processing time and speech.
You will have adrenaline in your system, your interviewers will not.
So speak extra slowly.
Also, be comfortable with long silences. When asked a question, don’t rush to answer for fear of a long period of silence. Take your time, it’s ok. Let there be a long silence, take your time to fully think through all your options and articulate your complete answer before you start speaking.
Post # 17
- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
happiekrappie : I favor handwritten thank you notes to each individual. It shows you’re willing to go the extra mile!
use a real weakness when they ask. Not a fluffy one like “i take on too much, or I’m a perfectionist. Use a real weakness and then show an example of how you manage it.
Im not detail oriented. But intake excellent notes and keep organized records so while I won’t always be able to pull answered out of my head, I can find the answer quickly.
Don’t assume they know anything about you. Even if they have your resume. Use examples to show what you have done in a given situation, not what you would do.
Post # 18
steny03 : thanks for that! I tend to say “I guess” at the end of phrases if the person looks like they don’t understand what I’m saying lol otherwise, I feel well versed on what the job requires. I’ve studied it a ton before I even knew I’d get a call because I was so interested! I honestly didn’t think I’d even get an interview so imagine how excited I got when I got the call this morning!
girlfriendphd : the last point stands out to me a lot, because it shows that you have a capacity to focus on several things at once then tackle each thing until your task is completed. I will DEFINITELY be taking that approach, as I’ve never considered answering multi-part questions that way! Thank you!!
macpartyoftwo : that sounds like a straight-forward approach to handling those “tell me about a time” questions…that’s actually how most of our interviews are structured here…can you give me an example of how you’d answer the question: “tell me about a time you had to give critical feedback”? That one gets me every time.
skunktastic : thanks for making me tackle any speech-quirks early on so *I* will not look like aforementioned dumbass…lol
BalletParker : thank you for the encouragement and support!! I needed that 🙂
peekaboobs : I am also a 5’2.5” WOC, but with normal sized hands 😂😂😂 thanks for the duchess slant tip…now, do you have any outfit recommendations since we’re at least the same height?
littlebeans : oh, girl, I’ve been talking to myself all day at my desk to rehearse. I will be doing the same in the car on the way home and to and from work and any other destination up until the point of the interview lol
Post # 19
duchessgummybunns : I think I’ll practive by recording myself speaking slowly so I can at least get the tempo down. Thank you for that advice!!
sharkey38 : what do you think about an email follow up for quick delivery, and a hand written note sent to their offices later? I, too, prefer hand written, but I’m terrified of them somehow not receiving them due to someone’s accident 😣
Post # 20
Whoa, Bee! That is incredibly awesome, especially now.
It’s been awhile since I did an interview, but I wanted to comment on voice control. Definitely record yourself. It’s usually rather startling the first few times.
Drop all slang and “fillers”, um, you know, like—they make you sound very unsure of yourself.
Sit up and enunciate. That seems to be a lost art in the US. You’ll be a standout on that alone.
When you listen to your recordings, note your tone. Is in monotone and in need of some energy or too fast and in need of more calm?
Try really, really hard not to say “yeah”. You sound a lot more professional saying “yes”.
And absolutely crucial for women: pay close attention to how you end your sentences. Many, many women raise their pitch at the end of some, or most of their sentences, especially when anxious. Unfortunately, that makes your statement sound like a question. And the women who do this sound uncertain of themselves.
And, be yourself. You got this!
Post # 21
sassy411 : never, ever would’ve thought about the sentence pitch thing…thank you for that! As women, we have to go above and beyond to prove ourselves. I feel that two-fold, because I’m also only 25 and most people in this role have been doing it for over 20 years.
I do pride myself on enunciation and sounding really enthusiastic about, well, everything, so it’s nice to know that it will help me stand out! Interviewing with people in high positions in the company is a little intimidating, but I am going to practice practice practice so that I can rock this interview!
I really want the job and am confident that if I play my cards right, I can potentially land my dream job and double my salary in less than a month! Thank you for your experienced input 🙂
Post # 22
sassy411 : The pitch shift issue is a great one to point out. I had realized I was doing it several years ago after playing back a voicemail I had left. I get very anxious talking on the phone; I was also talking fast because I didn’t want the message to cut off. Those things together made the pitch shift very pronounced. After that I got into the habit of speaking more slowly and being extra conscientious when I am nervous.
Post # 23
happiekrappie : In your case, since it is an internal position and you can conceivably drop off a handwritten note directly, this might be ok to do. Normally, I am very wary of mailed notes because it might take several days to get there and they might have already made a decision by that time. Also, if they’re like me, they might not check their mailbox every day. So personally, I would only do a handwritten note if you can easily drop it off in person and make sure they will see it within a day or two of your interview. When that isn’t the case, I always recommend email, to make sure it gets there quickly.
Post # 24
littlebeans : hey, sounds like a great excuse for me to walk across the campus and take a subtle tour of my new office space 😉 😂 the VP will likely have an admin, but the other managers should be relatively easy to get to…but some areas of our company have badge scanner access so I’ll just have to see. If I feel like I’m having to break into the office just to hand someone a thank you note I’ll just send an email I guess lol
Post # 25
Congratulations on getting an interview!! That’s so exciting!! I don’t have much to offer in the way of advice, but I just wanted to congratulate you!
Post # 26
happiekrappie : I might opt for pants personally but I have worn the classic black pencil skirt plus a matching blazer and I always throw in a pop of color under all the neautrals. Keep accessories simple and minimal. If you have a habit of playing with your hair like I do you might want to wear it back, if you feel more confident wearing it down try a bracelett with a charm so you can fiddle with it and not dirstract your interviewers.
Post # 27
Not sure of your industry, but in my experience on both sides of the table, a well put-together portfolio can really set you apart.