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When you are your worst enemy

In From Everyday Life on May 4, 2009 at 10:54 am

So, Mrs. Tited prop finally lost her job (the Call Center moved to Montreal) and, despite her 7 or 8 job interviews in the las few weeks, she was not able to reeenter the work force.

We’ve been talking about this extensively with her, trying to disclose the reasons behind this. What I mean is that haviong 7 or 8 interviews is a good sign after all! Her CV and Cover Letter are well tailored, her credentiasl aren’t bad for what she is applying… so something is going bad at the interview… And it’s her!

conversation

Dialog is not working!

It looks like that at every interview she had she has been her worst enemy! She is getting so nervous and applying herself such a pressure that is ruining her best chances. I think you, as an interviewer, can detect that… And do not want a person in such a state specially if you need and assistant or administrative person that can work under pressure.

So… I’ll have to do something with thiss Layd. I bought her a book with advices on how to deal with face to face interviews. Let’s see how ity works.

Any advice you may have to deal with this?

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  1. Since she has been to so many interviews now, she can probably anticipate the questions they are going to ask and so she can have her answers prepared ahead of time. There are short courses she can take which help prepare a candidate for job interviews, too. And, someone once told me that before she goes to a job interview or has to speak in public for some reason she makes sure she has plenty of sex that morning or the night before — it always makes her feel very mellow!!!

  2. Courses can help. Maybe you could help her practice the day before doing a mock interview, with some of the questions they are going to ask. Make sure she knows something about the companies she’s applying to.

    I just sat in on a round of interviews. Fact is we want the candidates to do well. They know you’re going to be nervous. So breath… if she didn’t have the skills she wouldn’t be there. Be specific in answering question. If the questions are situational make she can give examples of how she’s handled things in the past. (maybe a worthwhile exercise to sit and do an skills vs. experience link.)

    Looking at the panel or interviewer when you speak to them. That kind of thing.

    • Thanks Nat… I’m sure she has all the answers. I’m afraid on how the “panic factor” is affecting her performance and ruining her capability to show how well prepared she is!

  3. I find I always do best when I try to talk to the interviewers as if they are friends I have known for a long time. Imagine that they just want to get to know you better instead of thinking things like they are judging your answers.

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