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A Harvard psychologist says there’s one factor that defines success in a job interview

harvard-psychologistIn 2004, when Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy was a fifth-year doctoral student, she attended a conference where she’d have a chance to rub elbows with some of the most celebrated social psychologists in the world.

It was her chance to finally give her “elevator pitch” — a 90-second summary of her research program and goals that could help her land a job at a prestigious academic institution.

Sure enough, she soon found herself in an elevator with three prominent psychologists in her field, and one of them prompted her to give her pitch.

As Cuddy recalls in her new book, “Presence,” her delivery was disastrous. She started off wrong and couldn’t regain her footing, becoming more panicked by the second.

“That was the worst elevator pitch I have ever heard,” one of the professors told her.

What frustrated her in the days that followed wasn’t that she hadn’t immediately gotten hired at any of those professors’ schools. Instead, it was that she had failed to fully represent herself and all her hard work.

Eight years later, after giving a now famous TED Talk on power and self-confidence, Cuddy received multiple letters from people who had similar regrets.

Cuddy recently spoke on this topic to an audience at the 92Y in New York City, and Business Insider interviewed her beforehand. She told us that people often wrote to her about how frustrated they felt after job interviews. In most cases, they weren’t upset about not getting the job — rather, they were upset that “I didn’t show them who I am.”

“That’s what makes people feel bad,” Cuddy said.

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Interview Tips for Shy People

wp-1461102050745.png#TipsforShyPeople SeriesThis is a follow up from the Networking Tips for Shy People (which was a reply to Israel’s question). Interviews are critical huddle that every job seekers must scale…and for shy folks this is not funny at all. However, first impressions are everything, so if you’re shy by nature, you need to break out of your shell if you’re trying to impress someone. 

This is extremely crucial during a job interview and in fact, shy people need to “express a high level of self-confidence” even more so than extroverts, said Bill Rosenthal, CEO of Communispond, an organization aimed at helping professionals communicate more effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Being Introverted is not a Spell

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Dear CoachFaith, I was invited for an interview with a leading commercial bank, and one of the questions they practically repeated for all the candidates was… “Would you consider yourself an extrovert or introvert” Quite frankly, I am an introvert but that’s the problem. I don’t have so much point to prove that being introverted is a plus. I saw disapproval on the panel’s faces as I made my case. Can we all be extroverts and what are likely advantages on being introverted. – Shola, Lagos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cons of Job Interviews

042311-always-attempt-a-salary-negotiation-300x243Dear CoachFaith: I have gone through you blog! It’s so insightful! I have been in the Telecoms for about five years now! I actually got the job on reference, so never had to take an interview, I have never taken interview in  my life! However, a recent development in the organisation saw a number of us loosing our job. I feel the conditions for disengaging us was not fair! However, I want to move on. What is your advise on interviews generally? Daniel, Ikeja.  Read the rest of this entry »

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“Not Available For Hire” – Job Blacklist?

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Dear CoachFaith: Please give me some advice on what to do. I took an interview with a media firm close to the end of December last year and i realized they called my former employer who in turn said “I was ‘Not available for hire'”What do employers think when they hear this? Am I black-listed? – Jude. 
Dear Jude: Here is my overall suggestion on not knowing the specifics of why you were let go in a job interview process. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Color is your Parachute – Book Review

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One of the important skills one should have in our modern society is the ability to look and be successful in getting a job. Unfortunately, many of us are not well-equipped nor skilled enough to navigate our way around the job market. Moreover some of us are intentionally or unintentionally misinformed by others on how we should go about the transition in between jobs. We are getting multitude of answers and finally get a job only to find out that we are not satisfied; then the cycle starts again.

But good news! There is a book that can help us not just only to get a job but find ourselves as well. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 by Richard N. Bolles gives us an insightful view of what is happening in the current job market. This book is updated yearly so you can be sure that the information is always fresh and most of the time relevant. If you are not looking for a job, you can still benefit by gaining the knowledge of what you really want to do. As a result of this you may begin to question your existence in your current role and find yourself a more fulfilling place work for.

Here are just several of the reasons why you should consider reading this book:
1. If you want to get an understanding of why there are still so many unemployed people while employers are still finding it hard to fill in their vacancies, this book will enlighten us.

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3 Unexpected Tips for a Winning Job Interview

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You have an important interview coming up. You’ve done your due diligence, researched the company and have an understanding of the direction they are heading and the challenges they face. Additionally, you have thoroughly studied the position description, identified your key selling points and can speak to ways you will add value to the team. But are you now ready to ace the interview? Well … not exactly!

There are three additional and very practical steps that will prove critical to your success. These take a little preparation and smart planning on your part but they are well worth the effort.

Step #1) Get clear on the details

  • Don’t be shy about asking the person arranging your interview(s) about the plans for the day. Will you be doing a series of interviews? Will there be a panel interview involved? How long should you anticipate being there? The more you know, the better prepared you will be. (Helpful hint: if they’ve scheduled you for a long day, bring a couple of high-energy snacks like raisons or other foods you can quickly pop into your mouth. You will likely need the additional boost to remain on top of your game.)

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