May 17, 2007

Dear T1G

I can be ditzy at times and this was one of them. In your post you asked for questions for your interview and I shared my experiences in job searches and interviews. I also alluded to a great article and forgot to post the link. DUH! Sorry! But there's a part that was so funny, I thought I'd share it with my readers, and also keep it on my blog as a reminder for when I do my next job hunt. Here's one section of the Q & A, that I thought you'd enjoy!

Question: How should I prepare for an interview?

Answer: An interview is a test you can study for. So memorize answers to the fifty most common questions. Most interviewers ask standard variations on standard questions, and there are right answers to these questions.

Whether you are a stripper or a CIA agent, the answer to the question, “What is your weakness?” is a story about how your weakness interfered at work—in a specific situation—and you overcame it. Most of your other answers should be stories, too. This means you need to make them up before you get to the interview. Stories of your life are memorable. Lists of your life are not. Be memorable if you want to be hired.

Another way to prepare is to go to the gym right before the interview. It doesn’t matter if you never go to the gym—although you should, because people who workout regularly are more successful in their careers. You should go right before an interview because people judge you first on your appearance, and if do heavy lifting with your back and stomach muscles you will stand up much straighter in the interview. This will make you look more confident, which is half the battle in being judged by appearance.

Also check out Question 12. GOOD LUCK!

Posted by Michele at May 17, 2007 11:31 AM | TrackBack

"...if do heavy lifting with your back and stomach muscles you will stand up much straighter in the interview."

I know a number of people who would end up in the hospital instead of the interview if they did this. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at May 17, 2007 03:33 PM

One spring, when I was about 24 years old, I made the mistake of showing up for the season's first softball practice without spending the previous month gradually limbering up for it. I was a walking question mark for the next three days. Youch.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at May 17, 2007 10:03 PM

Heheheh... not a problem, Michele. Although, I will admit that I was a little confused at first!


Posted by: That 1 Guy at May 20, 2007 09:43 AM