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Interview The Way Your Mother Taught You

Feb 3, 2008
When women become mothers one of the things they seem to get from the universe is a steady supply of helpful advice. They will spend most of our childhood and young adulthood giving snippets of wisdom, instructions and orders. Most of the time we grant the request for as long as they are in the room and then go about doing things exactly as we want to. However when sitting in a job interview, one of the most nerve-racking of times, remembering things our mother taught us can help us put the best foot forward.

Sit still

Walking into the office of the human resource director for potential employer is enough to make anyone jittery and nervous. Add that to the fact that you're being judged on your qualifications, presentation and appearance and the adrenaline really starts pumping. One of the things that happens to us when we get nervous is that we begin to twitch or move around. Some people tap their hands or fidget with things on the desk or in their hand.

In order to show grace under pressure it's important for you to sit still in the interview and keep your hands in your lap or on the arms of your chair. If you notice yourself swiveling in your chair or moving in a distracted manner stop what you're doing and return your hands back to the arm of the chair. The employer knows you are nervous however the less attention you draw to that the better.

Get your hair out of your eyes

The way you wear to your hair to an interview will say a lot about your professionalism. Choose a style that lifts your bangs away from your face and make sure your hair is not distracting. Good posture including sitting straight with your feet on the floor is important to maintain balance and show confidence in your abilities. As you talk to the employment director be sure to make direct eye contact whenever possible. People assume that individuals who do not make eye contact are hiding something or evading a question.

Let your boss do the talking

One habit many people have when nervous is to begin talking about anything and everything to relieve tension in the room. As tempting as it may be, don't strike up a conversation about a picture you see on the wall or your love for outdoor grilling. Allow the interviewer to direct the conversation and ask the questions. There will be time for your questions at the end of the interview.

Make sure to answer all questions directly and honestly getting the information necessary but not dwelling on any one point. Be sure to know ahead of time what your skills and ambitions are and have an answer ready if you are asked what you can provide the company. Do not dwell on any unsuccessful job attempts or history you may have and never talk badly about a former employer.

Remember a job interviewer isn't simply looking at you. They are looking at you through the eyes of their customers and consumers and they want that group of people to like what they see.
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