Gotta get a new job ASAP? Here's 3 tips to help you nail the dreaded Interview.

May 3, 2019

Before my life in radio, it was my job to interview and hire people. It's really tough to get to know someone when they're clearly white knuckling it over every potential question you might ask. Here are 3 things I learned you can do that will help get you hired.

1. RELAX

I know, I know, easier said than done. You’re nervous because it’s a JOB INTERVIEW -- and probably for one that you really, really, really want, which makes you even more nervous. But don’t give in to your insecurity. It’s always easiest to do your best when you feel comfortable and relaxed. Try some deep breathing exercises, clear your mind with a short meditation, go to the bathroom and practice your Amy Cuddy power poses. Figure out what works best for you when the adrenaline is taking over.

2. Be exactly who you are

Show the interviewer exactly who you are with every answer. It takes way more energy and effort to pretend to be someone you think that company wants to hire instead of yourself. But you’ll be much more interesting if you showcase your authentic self. After all, no one else can be you, except you. Are you funny? Charming? Self-deprecating? Serious? Intense? Reveal yourself and trust the interviewer to decide if you'll thrive in their organization. The only thing worse than not getting the job, is accepting one where you never feel comfortable and can't be successful because it's just not the right motivational and cultural fit for you.

3. Find common ground with the interviewer

If you can connect with the person interviewing you over a mutual interest, you will automatically accomplish 1 and 2. Maybe you both love photography or tennis or volunteering at the food bank. This is where the hobbies section of your resume can really pique someone’s interest. I can recall a number of times where I began interviews by asking about some of the interests people listed as hobbies. Most candidates don't expect that and it immediately puts them at ease since they know they can easily articulate what they love doing. Listing the things you have a real passion for (and working them into the conversation) can open up more possibilities than you might realize.