During your career, jobs may come and go, but how do you even get a job to begin with? Its all in the interview. Now, when you go for that first meeting, you may be nervous, which is perfectly normal. However, there is a right and wrong way to doing an interview. And it may take some time, but if you master the interview stage, youre already halfway home and into that office chair of your dreams. Here are some helpful tips to help you get there.
1. Let Them do the Talking
When stepping into that office for your interview, there are probably at least 20 different things running through your mind and even more about what to say. Keep in mind though, that you are not running the interview, they are. What you want is irrelevant, they are the ones selecting you. Let them conduct the interview, and only talk when spoken to. And when speaking, try to keep it short and to the point. The interviewer goes into this with their own agenda and can only accomplish it, if they are the ones in control.
They appreciate you giving them feedback on their points and want to see that you understand. But, dont overdo it with the small talk or constant jibber jabber. And this is crucial, when asked the question, so tell me a little about yourself? Keep it is as brief and as relevant to the interview as possible. Dont talk about how you love dogs, about how you love the movie Inception or really like chewing taffy. All of these important tidbits are unnecessary.
2. Mind your physical Cues
Remember, about 93 percent of all communication is non-verbal. So watch those physical cues. This includes monitoring rapid pen clicking, excessive chair swiveling or redundant head nodding. All of these physical tics can be distracting. When the goal of the interview should be for the interviewer to see your positive traits. You want to cast yourself in the best possible light. And reducing these distractions is key.
Also, if you look nervous and are shaking during the interview, that isnt good either. No matter how you feel internally, keep things together on the outside. Now, the person running the interview does understand that you probably are feeling apprehensive about the process. So this gives you a little leeway, just a little though. And ultimately, if it comes down to you and one other person. And they look calm and collected and you dont, then theyre getting the job.
3. Dress the Part
Now this doesnt necessarily mean dress to impress, but it does mean dress for the job you want. Before the interview, you should be notified by someone in the company of the proper dress code for the position youre applying for. Usually, this is non-negotiable. If the dress is coat and tie or business professional, you cant show up in cargo shorts. That would be comfortable, but not practical. And you dont want the interview to be over before you walk in the room.
Remember that the moment you walk in the room, you are making an impression. Within seconds of meeting you, the interviewer already has an idea of what kind of person you are. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a positive impression: wear minimal jewelry, keep a neat look (combed hair, clean finger nails, clean shaven, nice shoes, etc.), dont chew gum, and carry a light briefcase or portfolio case. Also, wearing dark colors is a good way to conceal wrinkles and possible stains in the fabric. So when shopping for suits, think dark rather than light. And a nice suit for occasional use can go a long way!
4. Establish a Common Ground
During the interview, when appropriate, try to bond with the interviewer on not only a professional, but a personal level. Tactfully find out something about them: do they have kids, were they raised in Key West, do they watch The Real Housewives of Miami? etc. This one goes beyond the interview stage. If you do get hired, you have to interact with these people every day! Dont make it a grind, the work itself is already hard enough. Make this element as painless and easy as possible and try connecting with your coworkers on a social level.
Now if you find you have nothing in common. Clearly, you are not looking hard enough. Everyone has at least something in common. Now some have more than others, but at the very least you both attended an elementary school. Start from there. Once you get the ball rolling, its gravy.
5. Mentally prepare yourself
A few days prior, imagine having the interview. Imagine yourself in the room, answering questions, and winning the job. If you can see it, you can do it. Picturing the process a head of time will help calm you and tighten your focus. You will see your goal and how to get it. No matter the end result, at least you go in positively and calmly.
Preparation is key. If you know about the interview a week ahead of time, start preparing then. With each small action, you are unknowingly desensitizing yourself to the entire process. Practice going over the questions in your head and coming up with responses. If you already know the answers, you will have them ready to go when the interview begins. Avoid going in cold without any type of prep, it will show!
6. Do Your Homework
Prior to the interview, read up as much on the company as possible. This includes knowing the companys history, mission, and core values. What do they want to accomplish? And better yet, how can you help them accomplish that? Essentially, why should they hire you? Now if you study up and know what theyre looking for, you will know how to answer these questions.
If the questions theyre asking throw you through a loop, you might not be right for the job. But this is all part of the pre-interview process as well. If over the phone this job sounds like a nightmare and youre not up to it, then get out of it. Stop the issue in its tracks before it grows legs. It is on you the applicant to take an interest in where you work. So do your best to learn what you can, especially before the interview.
7. Dont be Afraid to Ask Questions
Now if you get lost at any point during the interview, dont be afraid to ask a follow up question to clarify. The hiring agent wont tell you, but this is part of what theyre looking for. They want you to ask questions if you dont get it. This demonstrates good social skills and that you want to work with them. On the flip side, not asking questions could cause you to get completely off-track and subsequently blow the interview. Because if you are completely lost it could be mean two things: either you dont get it or you werent paying attention. Neither are good!
Now dont go overboard and ask impertinent questions. Like, where do you guys keep the rubber bands? Remember, there is such a thing as a dumb question. Before you ask it, go over it in your mind and test it. If it sounds appropriate, go ahead and ask it. You can probably trust your instincts on this one.
8. Be Confident but Composed
For the interview, remain poised without appearing overconfident. Which means avoid saying things like Im sure I can do the best job here. While this might be true, you just dont say that. No one likes a show-off and it is good social etiquette to remain humble. Not to mention that your coworkers will appreciate this type of humility later. These are people you have to work with every day.
However, dont act like you arent up to the task. Employers are always looking for eager and competent employees. Even if you are unprepared for your responsibilities, make it evident that you would be willing to try. So find that happy medium and tone down whatever necessary. This includes strutting into the interview to imaginary theme music or walking in wearing a shirt with I am Legend printed on it. If you really are, you dont need a shirt to tell you that.
9. Arrive On Time
Its usually good to show up 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. This will give you time to check-in, sit down, and calm your nerves. Also, if the company has a preliminary questionnaire or paperwork for you to fill out, this will give you time to do it. Not to mention that showing up tardy to an interview is just unprofessional. Punctuality is a reflection on you and your work ethic. So be prompt!
Most companies abide by a strict schedule. If you show up late, youre inconveniencing them and disrupting that schedule. Not to mention setting a bad tone for yourself going forward. At all costs, you want to avoid the label as the late person. Try leaving home earlier and check traffic reports. Do anything within your power to arrive on time. This is also a habit, you should just kick in general.
10. Practice Beforehand
The night before, either with a friend, family member, or simply yourself; find a way to practice answering questions that will arise during the interview. Now of course it is impossible to match the exact pace of the real interview, but at the very least you will be prepared to answer the necessary questions in quick succession. Going to into an interview cold is never a good idea. Its like a running a marathon without stretching. For the interview you need to be loose and be able to respond quickly when prompted. Being under prepared only makes you look sloppy.
Practice itself cannot be undercut. The act of practicing literally makes us better at everything. Like for instance, would Jay-Z be such a successful performer/entrepreneur if he didnt study his craft and business? No. Now a lot can be said for having natural savvy, but practicing gives you a leg up regardless. You want to be the most prepared person in that room.
11. Know the Job You Are Applying for
It would be silly to show up for a job you know absolutely nothing about. So if youre interviewing for an accountant position, make sure youre good with your numbers and that its the job you want. Check the confusion at the door! You dont want to get backed into a corner just by the job description. That should be the easy part. You want to have ample familiarity with the position so you can devote your time to listening to the details of the job.
Some job descriptions can be vague. Like a position advertised as driver for example. Is this a job for a valet, transporter of chickens, truck driver, etc? So clarify this with the employer from the beginning, make sure you know exactly what youre getting into. You dont want to have to quit after a few weeks because you misinterpreted the meaning of special consultant.
12. Maintain Good Eye Contact
This next point is very important! When in the interview room, do not be looking at the wall! You should be looking at the person sitting directly across from you. Maintaining strong eye contact is crucial to your success. It shows that youre present in the interview and that you are being attentive to everything the interviewer is saying. When they begin to doubt your attention is when they cross your name off the list. Its when you dont get that call-back!
On top of that, good eye contact is good social protocol. People who make good eye contact are more likely to get positive feedback than those who dont. In addition, when you look a person in the eye, it triggers an emotional response in the brain. This can bring you closer to the person, creating an intimate bond. Poor eye contact is a sign of weakness and shows that you feel insecure or uncomfortable. Our eyes are biologically designed to connect others, so dont fight it.
13. Make Yourself Out to be the Best Candidate Within Reason
You may not be the ideal candidate for the position. But that doesnt mean that you cant showcase the heck out of the qualities you do have! When answering questions regarding your strengths and weaknesses, be honest without selling yourself short. You dont necessarily want to highlight your worst qualities, but you do want the interviewer to know what you would like to work on. For instance, try naming skills that arent your strongest, but are ones that you are trying to refine now. Showing that you are willing to improve is a good quality and one that employers look for.
If you bring to attention your greatest weakness, youre inviting unwanted scrutiny. Make a calculated decision about what personal follies you want to discuss and go from there. Really important, do not lie to the interviewer or recruiter about something not being an issue, when it is. They can tell when youre being dishonest. They see enough applicants to know genuine responses from fake ones. So be honest and answer that question to the best of your ability.
14. Know the Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions
Knowing the questions you will be asked in the interview will give you a leg up on the competition. Not knowing these questions will slow down the pace of the interview. And will take up more of the interviewers time than necessary. So be familiar with all of the general questions. Some of the most commonly asked questions include: Tell me more about yourself? What is your greatest weakness? What do you know about our company? How do handle high pressure situations?
And where do you see yourself in five years? Dont over think it. Provide quick and concise answers to these questions and you will do fine. Know your responses though. And dont trail off by making a stunning realization to yourself about an answer. Stay active in the interview and be prepared to fire answer after answer. Answering hypotheticals is an essential part of the process and make sure youre prepared for that. Knowing how you would handle X situation may not seem crucial. But in the interview, they like to plan ahead.
15. Be Armed with a Resume and References
Although this is information you probably provided for the online application, its pertinent and necessary to the interview. So make sure you bring a current resume and updated references. In addition to this just being standard protocol, it also helps the employer see if youre qualified. Past related work experiences on your resume indicate a lot as to your appropriateness to the position. Current and relevant references also aid the employer in evaluating whether you are the right type of person for the job. Bring both in hard copy form and youll be good!
Prior to the interview, round up your references and notify them that you are interviewing for a job and that they might get a call. If you dont let them know, they might be unnerved or give you a bad reference. In the job process you only want positive references, so ensure that by keeping references informed and with it. Also, spruce up the resume as needed. In most cases, the paper route you had in 96 can probably be removed from the application. Remember, the mere length of your resume doesnt get you the job. So dont be afraid to trim the fat where necessary.
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.