The Career Doctor™
Dear Career Doctor:
I haven't looked for
a new job in ten years and I am nervous about handling interviews.
Are there any new questions that are being asked in interviews
these days? Is there any way to be less nervous about them?
No, the same old tricky questions are being asked, like:
* Tell me about yourself. (Only say good things that are
* What are some of your weaknesses? (Only say something
that is really a quality an employer would want, like "
I tend to think too much about work when I ‘m at home.")
It may sound like I am encouraging you to lie, but I never
suggest outright lying. However, I always advocate playing
the "interview game" which is all about presenting
yourself in the best possible light.
As for interview anxiety: expecting to be nervous and picturing
yourself that way sets you up for failure. Do the opposite.
Think of all the times you have met people and they liked
you. Picture yourself comfortable with the interviewer liking
you too. Also, write on an index card three positive things
about yourself as an employee. These are things you want
to mention in the interview if possible. While waiting for
the interview to begin, read these things to yourself and
imagine yourself comfortably saying them.
Finally, interviewers are not surprised when people are
nervous. They see this all the time and actually expect
you to be a little anxious. So don't worry too much about
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