Hi everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, Director of content for WorkinSports.com and this is the work in sports podcast… It’s a Monday QA session!
Here's this week question from Delaney in Missouri:
Hi Brian, I love the podcast and have learned so much from listening to you and the other experts you bring on. You make road trips better and walking my dog much more entertaining. [Delaney, you rock]
On to my question – I’m a recent college graduate, like within the last few weeks, but I’ve been looking for jobs for the last 3 months to be ready for this point. I’ve had two interviews, both for jobs I was really excited about, but I think I bombed. I felt caught off guard and unprepared and basically blew it.
I’m worried that if I don’t turn this around I’m going to miss out on opportunities I am a good match for. Panic is setting in. Can you help?!
Delaney – congrats on finishing college! That is a huge step in itself, and deserves to be celebrated.
A few ways to boost your confidence:
Now let’s get into some interview techniques to help you out.
If I told you to call me tomorrow and practice an interview, you wouldn’t feel the pressure of the result, so you’d probably put a very comfortable “you” out there. You need to think during each interview this person is on my side, they aren’t out to get me.
It’s funny I had a job interview a few years back, it was for a great job, high level, but I had already determined beforehand I wasn’t going to take it if it was offered. I took the interview anyway, and because there was no rreal pressure, I was loose, relaxed, confident, speaking comfortably…and probably did the best I had ever done in an interview. They not only made me an offer, it was 10% above the range they had previously given me.
The point is, being nervous and tight doesn’t represent you well – being the king or queen of calm, confidence will.
MUST HAVE: follow up questions.
Leave with the right impression, have follow up questions ready in advance so you don’t have to think about them on the spot.