We’ve got six job interview tricks for you that are all backed by science. And most of them seem like they’d probably work on a first date too . . .
1. Visualize a good interview. Studies have shown that athletes do better when they visualize themselves doing well. And it works with interviews too.
2. Stop saying you’re “nervous” beforehand, and start saying you’re “excited.” Anxiety and excitement are similar emotions. If you tell yourself out loud that you’re “excited” instead of “nervous,” it actually calms you down.
3. Have a ritual before each interview. It can be something small, like listening to the same song before you go in. Studies have shown that rituals can reduce your heart rate, help you concentrate, and make you feel more in control.
4. Start with small talk. Like the weather, or how crazy traffic was on your way over. Studies have found you’re more likely to get a job if you start out with some meaningless chitchat, because it builds trust.
5. Get ready to brag. Studies have found women tend to be more reluctant to do it than men. One trick is to pretend you’re bragging about a friend instead of yourself.
6. Don’t over-rehearse for it. You’ll sound scripted if you do. Plus, making a mistake isn’t always a bad thing. There’s something called the “pratfall effect,” where you actually seem MORE likeable if you make a mistake or trip over a word.
Steven Michael Quezada aka Gomie from Breaking Bad was in the Mix FM Studios today. Here’s the small excerpt of the interview. He’ll be performing at Your Place in Edinburg this Friday night. Tickets are available at www.rgvlmfao.com
A new survey by Career Builder had more than 2,000 hiring managers look at a list of questions, and decide whether or not they’re legal to ask in an interview. And a THIRD of them didn’t know.
Here are the top ten questions they didn’t realize they’re not allowed to ask . . .
- “What’s your religion?”
- “Are you pregnant?”
- “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?”
- “What’s your ethnicity?”
- “How old are you?”
- “Are you disabled?”
- “Are you married?”
- “Do you have kids, or plan to?”
- “Are you in debt?”
- “Do you drink or smoke?”
The survey also asked for the WEIRDEST questions interviewers ask. And all five of these ARE legal . . .
- “How would you wrangle a herd of cats?” They ask it to see how organized you are.
- “Do you believe in life on other planets?” Your answer can reveal how open-minded you are.
- “What superpower would you like to have?” They ask it to see if your answer reveals anything about how you view your own strengths and weaknesses.
- “If you were stranded on a desert island, which two items would you like to have?” Which is one that’s kind of a cliché at this point. But what you choose can show how good you are at dealing with situations where you have limited resources.
- “If you were trapped in a blender, how would you get out?” How you answer apparently shows how creative your problem-solving skills are. (Or maybe they just want to see if you have the guts to ask what the HELL they’re talking about.)
Ryan Tedder is confirming rumors that he’s teamed up with One Direction. In an interview with “The Guardian,” the OneRepublic frontman admits that he did collaborate with the British boy band but can’t yet reveal when and how what they made will reach fans.
Tedder played it coy after first, talking about the time he spent with the five youngsters. Ryan says he was “impressed” and “extremely happy” to find that the boys were “so normal.”
He described the group as being “at the stage of nuclear explosion in their career,” and joked that he was “looking for syringes” and wondering how they were “not more messed up right now.”