You did it – did you? Maybe you got the job or the next interview – and maybe you didn’t. Best thing to do now is to reflect on what happened – both how you felt and how you could grow. We tend to skip the reflection part of experiences, and that’s actually the most important part! Nothing matters if you are shooting scatter-shot into the wind. Check out our tips for reflection, and let us know if you have questions!
We’re thinking about interview skills in this week’s video with The Engaging Educator #YesAndTube. This is the first of a three part series on interviewing – this week, our focus is on BEFORE the interview.
Have you gone into an interview thinking that your prep started and stopped with looking at the company, or maybe refreshing your resume, or finding something interesting the company is doing? You need to not only warm up your voice before interviews, you should practice answering some of the traditional interview questions that come up! Big pro-tip: The question of greatest strengths and weaknesses is a doozy if you don’t prepare. First, figure out your three strengths and three weaknesses. Then, think about how you can spin your weaknesses into a strength. For example, if a weakness is that you take things personally, the spin could be you care so much about your work and the outcomes of it that you sometimes take things personally, and are working on that balance.
A few questions to think about prior to interviews:
Why do you want this job?
What is this company doing that is exciting or interesting to you?
Why you? Don’t talk about your competition, you are the amazing one – why are you the best for this job?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How can you spin your weaknesses into strengths?
How does your experience make you the best for this job?
Why do you care?
When you’ve thought about and practiced these answers, also be sure to warm up before your interview! Do some tongue-twisters in the car, call a friend just to talk and warm up your voice, and really think about the words coming out of your mouth!
Do you have any interview tips that work for you? Let us know, and enjoy our micro-tips in this week’s video!
by Engager Jen Glantz
The truth is, none of us are ever fully prepared for anything that we do. We can spend hours, days, even months practicing for something and still feel as though we aren’t ready. One of the greatest lessons learned in improv is that all you need to do, sometimes, to succeed and have fun, is just simply show-up.
While I agree that is a daring and very bold first step, the real trick to making it through something we might be scared, at first, to do, starts way before we enter the room to give a presentation, to take an improv class, or to just have a sticky conversation with say our boss. It starts with the self-talk, or pep talk, we give ourselves beforehand.
I remember a few years ago, I was about to walk into a job interview and felt so nervous that I could feel my body tell me, through jitters and stress-sweat, that it wasn’t feeling confident about what was going to happen. So I let my mind listen to my body and all of a sudden I told myself that I wasn’t good enough for the job I was interviewing and the person interviewing me would notice that instantly. I practically stuck my resume in the trash and walked out at that point, but before I could make that motion, they called me to begin. I didn’t do well on that interview and I didn’t get the job. Looking back now, it wasn’t because I didn’t have enough work experience or knowledge, it was because I didn’t walk-the-walk, or talk-the-self talk beforehand.
This happens a lot. We show up to an Improv class, an interview, or just to a new experience that scares us more than anything else, and we talk ourselves out of it. Our body language adapts and before we know it, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
After that memorable (for not a good reason) job interview was over, I promised myself that before I did anything I wasn’t feeling confident about again, that I would trick myself into thinking that I was. That I would arrive early, find a quiet space where I could be alone, and positive pep-talk myself into believing, really and truly believing, that what I was about to experience was something I was worthy of and something I would enjoy.
I use this method every single time it’s my turn to start an Improv scene or even teach an Improv class. I hope you’ll try it too.
by Founder Jen Oleniczak Brown
Man, listening is tough. When I set out to work on these videos, I shot them in one day, and immediately realized I had content for DAYS. In this installment, I’m focusing on one way to show you listen – and it isn’t immediately going into a personal story about the same topic (I’m looking at YOU, people that do this!)
Hi all, Jen here!
I know we said we’d move to bi-weekly videos in the new year for me to focus on writing, and in reality, I also wanted to up our tech game/quality of the videos before we moved forward.
Guess what? I have a motivated drive (duh) and a fantastic husband (also duh) and between the two, I ended up upping the tech game AND setting up the new studio in no time.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing! I’ll keep at it here, on guest blogs, LinkedIn and a super secret cool announcement coming soon. For now, enjoy our new trailer AND video today. In our video, we’re thinking about how to introduce yourself – because let’s admit it, it’s a difficult task. Enjoy the trailer and tips on introductions, and remember to YES AND today!
How to Introduce Yourself!