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Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - You, You, You -

You wouldn’t go on a Tin­der date with­out Googling, so why would you go on an in­ter­view cold turkey? Re­search your po­ten­tial em­ployer in full, says Caro­line Ghosn, co­founder and CEO of Levo, a pro­fes­sional net­work­ing site. If you know any­one at the or­ga­ni­za­tion or can find con­nec­tions through friends or Linkedin, ask them for in­sight. Your goal is to spend the in­ter­view talk­ing about how you could con­trib­ute to the team, not lis­ten­ing pas­sively while you’re brought up to speed.

know your in­ter­viewer

“Look at an in­ter­view as an or­ganic part of build­ing a re­la­tion- ship,” says Ghosn. Your in­ter­viewer is a hu­man, not a job ge­nie, and show­ing in­ter­est in this per­son will help to cre­ate a more au­then­tic re­la­tion­ship from the get-go. If you get your in­ter­view­ers’ names in ad­vance, read their bios on the com­pany page and check out their so­cial-me­dia sites.

or­ga­nize your story

The first ques­tion is of­ten “Tell me about your­self.” Frame your story in a con­cise, clear way so that your du­ties aren’t con­fus­ing. What have you achieved in past jobs that over­lap with the spe­cific role you’re in­ter­view­ing for? Re­view your ré­sumé and pick ar­eas to high­light, and have sto­ries in mind to il­lus­trate any rel­e­vant ex­per­tise. Would you be work­ing closely with an­other per­son? Come pre­pared with ex­am­ples of past part­ner­ship suc­cesses, says Ghosn.

prac­tice and make per­fect

If you tend to get flus­tered dur­ing in­ter­views, com­mit your an­swers to mus­cle mem­ory in ad­vance. Read­ing the com­pany’s job de­scrip­tion care­fully will tip you off to an­swers that you can pro­vide about your strengths and what you bring to the job— two com­mon ques­tions. Write out a list of ques­tions that you might be asked, and prac­tice your an­swers to each one. The goal isn’t to spit out re­sponses robot­i­cally (creepy) but to look and feel poised (ding ding!).

pol­ish your pre­sen­ta­tion

Fair or not, your speech pat­terns mat­ter, says Laura Sherbin, direc­tor of re­search at the non­profit Cen­ter for Tal­ent In­no­va­tion. Filler words such as ac­tu­ally and like are so dis­tract­ing, Sherbin has counted the num­ber of times a can­di­date uses them. “Those words are dif­fi­cult to ig­nore af­ter a while,” she says. Ask a friend to in­ter­view you for prac­tice. Then get feed­back: What vibe did your body lan­guage give off? Did you speak too quickly? Or did you, um, you know, lit­er­ally kill it?

psych your­self in

Turns out, your fightor-flight im­pulse isn’t so use­ful in a job in­ter­view. “The emo­tional part of your brain re­sponds to the prospect of re­jec­tion by think­ing, Dan­ger!” says Keith Rol­lag, chair of the man­age­ment di­vi­sion at Bab­son Col­lege and au­thor of What to Do When You’re New. Tell your­self: This is just a con­ver­sa­tion. They want to like me. Look up other job op­por­tu­ni­ties that you can ap­ply for or net­work­ing events that you can at­tend just in case this gig doesn’t work out. It might help you feel less like ev­ery­thing is rid­ing on this one, Rol­lag says. oc­to­ber 2016

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