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Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

July 19, 2010

See What the Camera Sees

If you start by re-imagining your interview preparation as a rehearsal for a performance, you’re already giving yourself a new chance to succeed.

“The best way for job seekers to improve upon their interviewing skills is through practice,” says Laurie Davis, director of counseling and programming at Yeshiva University’s Career Development Center. “A mock interview with a career counselor or HR professional will help them learn how they might better their performance.”

The next step is to make a video of your mock interview and review it with a professional who will not just tell you what you did wrong, but also give you ideas for improving your performance, whether by making better eye contact and leaning slightly toward the interviewer, speaking more directly and concisely, or putting your story forward more positively.

Seeing and hearing yourself literally from another angle, even if only on a brief video created with a PC or digital camera, will give you a much better sense of the dramatic effect of your responses on the interviewer. For example, “when you get those questions about strengths and weaknesses, answer the weaknesses question first — maybe including a little humor — and then finish on a high note with your strengths,” says consultant and executive coach Debra Benton.

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