I’m quoted in CBS Moneywatch to share some job interview preparation strategies. Keep in mind this is career coaching for being at peak performance for the actual interview. These tips do not replace the preparation BEFORE the interview, when you research the company, industry and the role, and you prepare the key selling points that you know you will share during the interview!
Get your mind revved up.
Ever feel like you settle into an interview after a few minutes? That doesn’t go unnoticed. “As a former recruiter, I would see candidates come alive three or more minutes into the interview,” says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, partner with SixFigureStart, a career consulting firm. Unfortunately, that’s a big strike against you: “That’s three minutes too late, as I’ve already formed an opinion about them,” notes Ceniza-Levine, a former Fortune 500 recruiter. She suggests taking five minutes in the waiting room to review an index card with key points or an inspirational quote to make sure you’re operating at 100 percent the moment you sit down.
Organize your grand entrance.
An interviewer is not a surprise situation — you know you’ll probably be in a waiting room and that at any moment you’ll be called in. So be ready. “I can’t tell you how many candidates scramble for their bag, their coat, their water, their book, and hunched over and arms full still try to shake my hand. It’s hard to look professional and poised this way,” says Ceniza-Levine. So pare down what you’re carrying and leave a hand free to shake. She adds that you should make sure your first impression isn’t a wardrobe malfunction (for women, that may be a skirt that rides up too far, and for a man, pants that are hemmed too short). “One job seeker wore Mickey Mouse socks that so distracted an interviewer, he went from front-runner to discard,” recalls Ceniza-Levine.
Read additional tips from other career experts in Amy Levin-Epstein’s latest article for CBS Moneywatch: 9 Tips To Prepare For A Job Interview