Archive for the ‘Job Interviews’ Category

Need a life buoy for job interviews?

January 31, 2009

lifebouy

 

Yesterday I read an interesting article on the Toastmaster website. See link below.

http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/WhyJoin/SuccessStories/Hope-in-the-Hard-Times.aspx

It was talking about how Toastmasters and public speaking skills had helped people with being more confident when it came to job interviews.

With so many people around the world loosing their jobs and perhaps having to attend an interview for the first time in 10 or 20 years, I truly believe that anything you can use to your advantage to help you find a new job in the shortest possible time, is well worth investing in.

Being able to answer questions during an interview can sometime make or break whether you get the job or not. Many questions are structured around the “tell us a time when,” where you have to let the interviewer know when you were in a similar situation and how you handled it.

Imagine if you had your own secret life buoy, skills that would help you with the interview and handle those questions.

If you can enter the interview with confidence, speak easily, make good eye contact and provide an answer with a beginning, middle and end you will be well on your way to finding a new job.

Public speaking can help in so many ways, even more so during these hard economic times, when how you present in an interview is vitally important.

Keep speaking – Carrol

30 Second introduction

December 12, 2007

The New Year is when people start to think about applying for a new job – New Year, New Career. Job interviews are a great way to speak about yourself and tell a prospective employer what it is you can offer them. 

Advertisers spend a lot of time, thought and money on selling their product in the 30 second they have available to reach you via the television. You need to think about selling yourself the same way an advertiser would. Think about what you want to say in your own 30 second “MEommercial”.

People have short attention spans so you have to make your introduction memorable. The goal of the “Meommercial” is to engage the listener. You will be asked at some stage to “tell us a little bit about yourself” This is the question you have been waiting for because unlike the other candidates who will start to real off their resume, you will have your “Meommercial” ready. You want to generate  interest and change the interview process into a conversation. Think about what it is that makes you unique, not what it is that you do in your job.

You should try to have one dynamic or emotional word in your “Meommercial” that will capture the listeners attention. ” I resolve conflict on a daily basis” “I challenge people’s thought processes”, “I live outside of the box”.

Imagine that you are paying $1000.00 for every word that you use, would you want to keep your message succinct and memorable? 

What is it that you want to say about yourself in your 30 second introduction?