Sunday, October 31, 2010

Be Sure!

I watched a biography of Donald Trump and it said the driver of his success was that he’s always very sure. Of course this is a gross oversimplification, but there’s definitely truth in that, especially when it comes to getting a job. Believe in yourself and what you have to offer. Rehearse your story. Say it with conviction.

Pay attention to your body language. According to body language experts, most of what we communicate is through body language and only a small percentage is through the actual words we use. Yes, you say, that’s because they believe in what they’re selling and they want everyone else to buy it too. True, but what would you think about a candidate who has bad posture or talks with her hand in front of her mouth? You’d think she wasn’t very sure of what she was saying, right?

In interviews, words carry a lot of weight, but delivery is equally key. Practice in front of a mirror, tape yourself answering interview questions, or have a friend do a mock interview with you and get their honest feedback. By practicing, you’ll feel more confident and that will come across in your body language too.

If you get a question about something you don’t have a lot of expertise in, make an educated guess or offer an opinion. Never just say you don’t know. Example: I’m not an expert in turnaround management, but based on my understanding, my opinion is x.

Bottom line: Companies want to hire people who love what they do and are sure of themselves and their ideas.

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