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10 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Establish Your Job Interview Goals

    • 2. Research and Preparation for the Job Interview

    • 3. Dress for the Interview

    • 4. Make Small Talk

    • 5. Tell Me About Yourself

    • 6. Have the Proper Job Interivew Mindset

    • 7. Have a Strategy Memo for the Organization

    • 8. Rehearse Your Interview on Video

    • 9. Ask for the Job

    • 10. Give and Get Feedback

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Imagine walking into every job interview knowing that you are going to come across your very best! Imagine getting your dream job!

You will know how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments in every job interview. You will learn secrets in preparation and planning that go beyond just checking out a company's website. Employers will take notice of you; you won't be lost in the pack. Finally, you will learn a foolproof system for eliminating nervousness before any job interview. This course will take several hours to complete, if you do all of the exercises.

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TJ Walker

Public Speaking and Media Training Expert


TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, US Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament .

Walker has more than 100,000 online course enrollments and more than 100,000 online students.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today # 1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Walker is also the author of "Media Training AZ" and "Media Training Success."

In 2009, Walker set the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Talk Radio Appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker has also served as a forme... See full profile

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1. Establish Your Job Interview Goals: So you've sent out resumes. You've networked. That's great. But it only takes you so far. It takes you to the job interview. It's extraordinarily rare to actually get hired for a job, especially a well paying job, without going through a job interview. Now this gets a lot of evil. Nervous, Uncomfortable? What do I say? I don't know what to do. I feel awkward. Well, you've got to really step back and come up with a game plan before you go into every single job interview. Let's look at what the fundamental gold is of this job interview. The goal for you is to get a job offer. You may have tons of job offers you might not have had a job offer in 10 years. Doesn't matter. You still want them to want you. You want an official offer. You can then either accept or turn down or start the negotiation process. But let's not lose sight of what this job interview is about. It's not about you answering all the questions correctly. Now you do have to answer questions. It's not about you showing them you're smarter than anyone else. It's not about you simply showing up on time. It's not about you going through your resume in chronological order. It's about two things. Making them convinced you were the best possible applicant to get the job done that they need to do and convincing them that they want you in their office or their workplace on a daily basis because human beings are social. They will tell you this in the job interview. But nobody wants to be around someone all day long, or the coffee pot or conference rooms. Who is annoying, who was obnoxious, who doesn't seem like a team player. So you need them to like you. You actually need them to make them think this would be a good addition to our team. Doesn't matter if it's a contract construction job outside doesn't matter if it is purely an office job with cubicles, you've got to make them convinced that you're likable and that you have the qualifications , the skills, the drive, the passion to get the job done. So everything else I say in this course is about helping you ultimately get the job and accomplishing those two objectives. In the job interview 2. Research and Preparation for the Job Interview: the first part of preparing for any job interview happens long before you ever step foot in that office. You've got to do your research now. It constantly amazes me how many people will spend 2468 hours a day clicking and responding to job request, sending out a resume they'll spend all that time, the end of the week. They've spent dozens and dozens of hours sending out resumes, and now you finally got a job interview. Maybe it's only the first interview in three weeks, and you spent almost no time doing research for that interview. Now you've got to do a lot more than simply going to the organization's whips. Of course, you have to go to their website, and you need to look it every page on that website. You certainly need to look at their press page to see what's going on in the news. What developments? What new acquisitions, Good news, bad news. You also need to google the company and find out other news about what other people saying about this company. What's the good news? What's the bad news? If you know the name of the person interviewing you, Google that person. Find out what? You can't look at their profile on LinkedIn. See if you can find out what their interests are. How long have they been with the company? It's virtually impossible to know too much about a company or organization you're working with. But don't just stop there. You've got to do research on their competitors. First of all, you got even know who their competitors are, and then you've got to go to their websites. You've got to research news about them. You need a strong, strong sense of where this company fits into the overall competitive landscape. Because without that, you're not going to be able to have an intelligent conversation with the organization and with the person you're meeting with. If you don't have that, if you just sort of walk in. And, uh, when they say any questions for us, uh, well, tell me about your company and what you do. If you do that, you're basically finished. Certainly you've destroyed your geniuses for any highly competitive job that's well paid. You're showing you don't have interest in their company. Everybody, I don't care how boring the company or the industry is. They want someone applying to them who has a keen interest in what they're doing. Someone will be a motivated employees, someone who's happy to show up. So you've got to do your research, go to their website, check out their press page. Look at any new innovations, make sure you really understand the products they offer. The services they offer get a strong sense of the competitive landscape. Who are their customers? See if you can find out who their biggest customer is. Who's their newest customer, who are their competitors. Also do some research on the top executives of the company. Even if you're not meeting with them, the more you know about what they do, what they like, what they don't like. Even the charities they're involved with, it can't hurt. So try to have some balance between the amount of time you spent sending out resumes. Looking at what ads online or in person in the real world? Networking versus preparation for that job interview. Most people haven't really, really skewed 40 hours of sending out resumes for every half hour of research. That's not the way to do it. And if a company isn't worth spending an hour researching. Maybe it's not even worth your while to drive downtown or take mass transit to go to the interview. You've got to really know what you're getting into to increase your odds off chasing that interview and to go in with confidence, knowing you've got something to talk about. You're not just some ignorant person who's going to waste their time. Who says the same generic things? So tell me about your company and what are you looking for? That's awful stuff. You don't want to be like that. You want to be seen as a real industry play, even if you're 22 years old, for that matter. 18. It's your first job. You want to be seen legitimately, as someone who knows about the industry knows about the issues affecting this organization . And it's not like when I was graduating from college 30 years ago. It's easy now. It's all there at your fingertips. You just have to spend time doing research online, ideally, maybe talking to some people. You may even know people already work for the company even better. But if you don't at least do the research online, so you really know what you're talking about. So that's your homework right now. Pick it. Company You'd like to have an interview with and do some research, investigate everything about them on their own website. Come up with the three or four organization. Do you think are their competitors? Find out what you think are their top clients. Do that research right now. 3. Dress for the Interview: So how should you dress for your job interview? It's important that you fit in that you show you understand the customs, the norms of this particular organization in this industry. Now most of my clients are business people who wear suits. That's why I'm wearing a suit. This would look ridiculous if you're applying to be a bus boy or if you are applying to be a graphic artist somewhere when they're expecting you to be artistic and casual. So you've got to know what it is. That's the norm for dress in the workplace where you're going. Sometimes you just might not know. You may want to ask the person who's scheduling the job interview with you. Now, if all else fails most the time, you're in good shape. If you dress slightly more formal, then you might otherwise. So if you really don't know, there's nothing wrong most of the time for any kind of office job of wear, a suit and a tie. If you're a man of wearing a conservatively tailored dress or suit jacket, if you're a woman, if the person interviewing you is wearing a polo shirt and slacks and you're in a suit and tie. Chances are it won't work against you. They'll simply think, Well, this person was respectful and made an effort. What you don't want to do is go in with a T shirt and shorts, and the person interviewing you is wearing a tire wearing a sundress, and the person interviewing you is in a very conservative, tailored outfit, because if that happens the whole time you're there. You're thinking, Oh, I've already lost this job. I look like an idiot. I looked like a fool. And even if you're not thinking that you don't want the person intervene, you interviewing you, thinking this person doesn't really get it, they don't really understand our industry, not quite sure they would fit in. You don't want to call attention to what you're wearing unless you're going to be a fashion designer. But if you're someone interviewing for most industries, you're not a fashion designer. You want what you're wearing to fit in. There is a uniform in every industry. If you're going to a really cool, hip nightclub to be, Ah, bartender. Maybe the uniform is all black and something that is cool looking. I'm not saying everyone has to look the same or sound the same. I am saying you need to be aware of fitting in with the organization you're interviewing with so that they don't have to wonder. Why is this person dressed like that? So give it some thought to how you look, how you're dressed, how you're presenting yourself. If you have some crazy wild hairstyles with your hair, not my issue, these taste. You may want to tone it down for the first day unless you are interviewing at a nightclub or some sort of artistic design house. How you look needs to fit with what you're going for now you can say all day long. Oh, I wouldn't want to work for anyone who's judgmental. But if you're going to work for a very conservative financial organization and you have a whole lot of tattoos on your arms, maybe you want to wear a long sleeve shirt that day or a suit. I'm not asking you to be fraudulent. I'm not asking you to hide your true self, but you do want people to focus on your message, how you can help them and why you would be an asset to the organization, You don't necessarily want to distract them with wearing flip flops or footware. That just seems wildly inappropriate. So before you go into that job interview, you really need to look at yourself from your feet to the top, your head and ask yourself, Is this how I want to come across? And is this how I think someone would be seen is fitting in with this particular organizations culture? 4. Make Small Talk: So you walk into the interview, you're sitting down. The person who is interviewing you is about to sit down behind his or her desk. What happens right now? Sometimes there's an awkward silence. It might be awkward for the person interviewing you. They might be nervous. This is the perfect time to make small talk. Now people like to pride themselves on sale. I'm not good at small talk. I'm all about substance. That's the wrong attitude. Tohave, don't look at it is small or unimportant. Just look at it is something that you have to do that you need to do to express your humanity and to show this person interviewing you that you are in fact, ah, human being. I'm not suggesting lie or ingratiate yourself or pander. But if you're looking at the wall and the person has various photos holding up big fish and you like to fish, say Wow, what is that? A £10 bass? I've never caught one that big, and I've tried many, many times. If you see them surfing and you're a surfing fan, comment on something that you have of commonality again. Hiring someone for a job isn't simply about G P A. Numbers on a box certification. If someone's hiring you, they're essentially bringing you into their life. Many people spend more waking hours, have more conversations with colleagues they work with, and they do their own spouse or Children so they might not tell you this. But they only want to hire people they actually like. Not, doesn't mean you have to be best friends. But the idea of hiring someone where you know you can never have a conversation with them about any aspect of commonality in the lunchroom or over coffee isn't something most people find appealing. So if you can find something that you have in common with the person that you can gather from a picture, maybe they have a toy sailboat replica up on their wall. Find something you have in common and comment on. Now you don't want to talk about that for our, but for the first couple of minutes, it can warm the room up, make that person feel more comfortable about you as a human being, and the conversation could be much more natural as faras, the job, your qualifications and why it might be a good fit. So small talk is not necessarily extra. It's not fluff. It's an important part of the entire interview process 5. Tell Me About Yourself: So tell me about yourself. Many people dread that question in a job interview, and you know, it's not even a question. It's just a statement. Tell me about yourself, but you know it's coming, so don't act scared. Don't act surprised. And don't say Well, as you can see from my resume. I graduated from Duke University last year, and I majored in such a They've already got your resume. So don't just go over your resume when someone says, Tell me about yourself. What they really want to know is tell me about your life experiences that are relevant, why you might possibly be interested in this job and why you might be good at this job. So it's job is actually a good fit for you and a good job for us. So it doesn't really matter what the first question is in a job interview. Doesn't matter if they say, Can you tell me about yourself? Are Why do you want this job? Or why is it it doesn't matter what the questions are now. This isn't because I'm trying to teach you to be a phony baloney politician who ignores the questions and just goes right into the message points. I think you should hire now. You need to listen to the questions you need to answer the questions, But you do need to realize your fundamental job is getting this person to think that you're highly qualified, that you can do this job, that you want to do this job. And then she would be a good fit around here that you would be a welcome addition. An asset to this organization. That's your job. It's not to read to them from your resume when they already know how to read. It's not to simply restate basic qualifications. So, for example, many, many years ago I was on a job interview for with a member of Congress in communications position of press secretary physician. Now my resume said communications experience, strong passion for communicating. But when the member of Congress, it will tell me about your interesting communication, I didn't just go through the bullet points, I said. I have a passion for communication, and I think I can do it creatively. For example, I was working on a political campaign for a candidate who wanted to draw attention to the pollution in a particular river. So I call all the media where the candidates stand at the river and hold up dead fish. And he said, Vote for me and I'm gonna do everything I can So we don't have more dead fish. It made every single TV newscast it got in every newspaper in that town, and it really drove home the message visually, that this candidate cares about the environment. Later, when I asked the member of Congress why she hired me, she said it was That story was that she said, It's this. It was the fish is what she said. It's stuck. It's stuck in her memory. And you've got to find something that sticks for you to What you need is a story. I don't mean something made up. I don't mean something fictitious. I don't mean something creative, but you've got to tell people why it is you're in this particular field. What drove you there? What motivated you? What got you excited about this particular jump? Now, if you're applying to be a landscaper to cut grass and your lifetime goal was not to cut grass, I'm not suggesting that you lie, but just talk about how you got there The first time you cut grass, you just say, Hey, I was 12 years old and I need money for a new bicycle. And I didn't have any money. So my dances cut the grass or wash all the dishes for a week. I tried the dishes. I just couldn't stand it. I cut the grass. You know what I liked? It gave me a sense of satisfaction. You've started, you finish it. It looks a lot better. And I've been doing that in my neighborhood ever since. Now, I think I could do it for bigger homes. Better machinery with a company like yours is an example. The whole point of this is you've got to take this resume and blow life into it. People have to see and understand and visualize what it is you've done. Now, if you're only 16 and this is your first job interview, you perhaps haven't done that much. But certainly you've done something around your home. You've done something for your school, perhaps with extracurricular activities that demonstrate a particular skill. You need a signature story. That is just a way for you to talk about what it is you've done. You need to talk about a particular person, a place, what the exchange waas and how you felt. I could tell you I felt very good about getting that job on Capitol Hill. For a member of Congress, There's certain jobs that you may look back on and say That was one of the best jobs ever, or it was one of the worst jobs ever. But you need to have a story of the resume, gets you in the door, resumes don't get anybody jobs. It's how you sell yourself in the job interview that does. Now you hear the word selling and people say, Well, I'm not some high pressure salesmen. I'm an expert on law, public health or this I'm not something I'm not asking you to be a high pressure sales person. But in fact, the best salespeople don't ever use high pressure. They simply present information that's interesting. That's useful. That's relevant in a memorable way. That's all you're doing when you were quote selling yourself. So when that job interview says, Can you tell me about yourself? You need to hop right into something that demonstrates your passion for a tick a particular subject area and then weave that into how it's relevant to this job. What you don't want to do is the full chronology of your life. Well, I was born in Pittsburgh, and at age five I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and I went to Star Mount Element. Boring. You've got to be a better editor. That's not a story. That's just basic fax on a timeline. So what seems like a hard question tell me about yourself is actually the easiest question in the world. It's a softball. It's a way for you to sell yourself to convince this person that you have the right background, that you have the right interest, that you have the right skills, the right experiences and the interest for this job. So it's not the hardest question in the world. It's actually the easiest question. If you have your story straight now, Ah, lot of people get confused about story, and they think it has to be so dramatic and you save the world you went toe. Now how it has to be is you telling about something that happened to you? Perhaps a problem how you solved it, How it used some of the skills that are relevant to this job and how it led you to this spot in your life where you're applying for this job. Now do that and you'll make your resume come alive, and you will make it easier for the person interviewing you to remember you. Because here's the big problem most people face and job interviews. It's not that they say the wrong thing, and the person is sitting there and scratching you off. Well, they're gone now. That's not the danger most people have. It's also not a situation where you're asked a so called tough question and you're up. You failed to answer that. Off you go. That's not what gets most people scratched off in job interviews. The big problem most people have is their resumes. Fine. It's like everyone else's who made the cut. They may be perfectly articulate. They may be dressed well, but when that interviewer interviews five more people today and three more people tomorrow and two people on Tuesday and now it's a week later and they're thinking soon, Who did I like best? Who were the top three candidates? They just don't remember you because nothing stood out. That's the real danger most people face when there get a job interview. So you've got to figure out How can you make yourself stand out? How can you make your resume come alive so that people associate you with skills you claim you have? Because everybody's resumes claim they have great skills. That's your challenge. How can you stand out having a good story having a good answer to this question? Can you tell me about yourself? Is absolutely essential. 6. Have the Proper Job Interivew Mindset: So what's the best mindset to have when you're in a job interview? Some people go in sort of little scared, nervous? I'm not sure about this. Some people go in very, very respectful, deferential, perhaps even too deferential. There is a particular mindset that I do find is helpful for most people. Toe have in most job interviews, situations now. Nothing always works 100% of the time. But here's the mindset that I do find works. And that is to go into a job interview with the idea, with the attitude that you already have the job, that you essentially been hired as a consultant for the last two weeks to come up with ways for this company to make more money or this organization to fulfill its mandate more effectively. Now I don't mean act arrogant. I don't mean to start negotiating for extra vacation time. It can't have a whiff of arrogance, but what I mean by this is to come in with so many ideas, so much passion for the organization, their mission, so many ideas that you seem like someone has already been working for them. This is where your preparation is so key. This is where your research really comes in. If someone says, Well, do you have any questions about the company in the job interview? Most people have really, really superficial questions like eso. What are your plans for the future? Or how long has the company been around? Questions that show you didn't even do your homework? What you want are questions that show real insight. So, for example, someone came to my media training company and I said, Do you have any questions for us? They said, Well, T J, I see you have all these books on media training and public speaking training. By the way, your secret to full for presentations was my favorite book. But I'm wondering, Are you going to be coming out with a book just for people on how to use a teleprompter? Now, my first reaction would be that stupid, because people using a teleprompter is too small of a niche. It wouldn't sell anything. And that's something better off her video, not a book. But my reaction towards the person asking the question would be, Wow, this person really cares about what we do here. This person has done their homework. This person is actually looking for ways to help me make more money. I like that. I would probably give that person, if not a job, at least some assignment just to keep that person in my orbit for asking a question like that. And that's why you're researcher. Preparation is so important. You need to ask thoughtful questions that show you've really given some consideration into the goals of this organization. How they make money, how they service their clients doesn't matter if it's a big oil company or social services government organization. Every organization has someone they must speak to, has someone who holds them accountable, has someone they're responsible for if you can come into this job interview with this mindset of your already working for them. And so what about this idea and this idea? And have you thought about this? Even bad ideas are better than no ideas. Problem most people have when they go into a job interview is they don't really have any ideas doesn't mean they're dump doesn't mean they're not capable of it, but they have the attitude of well, until they're giving me a paycheck, I'm not going to do any heavy lifting, wrong attitude to have, because if it is a company that you like an organization you like and it seems like a good fit, why not spend just a hour two in preparation rather than blindly emailing more resumes out that go into a black hole? So that's why I suggest Walk into that interview as if you've already been hired. You're already on the team. You've been a consultant, you've research strengths. You've researched weaknesses and you have some suggestions. You have ideas and you have questions. But your questions are very specific. Tohave the organization can do better, how they can get new clients, how they could break into new markets, your questions or not. So how maney official holidays do we get? How long is lunch break? Do I get a smoke break? Those questions are not going to help you get the job. I'll give you some more tips in a moment in the next video of how to even go into more detail on this but critically important walk in to this interview with the mindset, I'm already on your team. I already have this shop. I've been thinking about you and working on ways to help this organization already. For the last week, 7. Have a Strategy Memo for the Organization: I want to give you one very, very specific advanced tip that I believe will help distinguish you from all the other people who get a job interview with this organization. And here's the tip. Don't simply walk in with an extra copy of your resume. Of course, you do need a copy of the resume, even though they should have one on file. Or how would they have called you for the interview? You do need another paper. People still do like to re paper, sometimes paper copy of your resume, but I would also suggest you have another sheet of paper. It's a one page memo, and in his one page memo, I would spend 25 30% of the page summarizing what you think are the key strategic strengths of this organization. What this is doing is it's showing you've done your research, that you can write, that you can communicate, that you can process information and that you value the organization that you see what they're doing well. But the bottom 2/3 of the page I would come up with suggestions, ideas, whatever you want to call it on how to improve the organization No, there is some risk to this because someone could always be offended. Well, they're criticizing something I'm doing by suggesting we need to do this. But here's what I have noticed. Most employers are impressed by anyone who's given time and thought and energy toe how to improve things. So coming up with just 10 ideas that could be bullet points of very specific things, the organization conduce perhaps a little differently. A new market to enter perhaps an e book on a particular topic to reach certain customers, come up with 10 ideas and present that in the interview say, Hey, I'm so excited about this company. What I've learned about you, I hope you don't mind. But I took it upon myself to do a brief memo on what I think the key strategic assets are of your company and possible areas for improvement. I realize I certainly don't know everything at this point, but I do want you to have a sense of my general thought process. I'm willing to bet that 98% of the time if you did that, an employer would be extraordinarily impressed because even bad ideas are better than no ideas what you're doing in this memo. You're talking about them, not yourself. Here's the little secret about job interviews. The more you talk about that person, that company, that organization with less about yourself, the better off you are. People care about themselves. They care about their organization. They care about how you are going to help them. They're not hiring you just to help the unemployment rate. They're hiring you because you can somehow make their life easier, helped them make more money, help them serve more customers, clients, patients. Everything you do has to be focused on that. And thats why this little secret strategy? One page memo. I'm not suggesting quit your other part time jobs. Stop job hunting and write some 30 page treatise, just one page memo. Spend an hour on it and come up brainstorm on ideas on how this organization could be better. Even if you just have one good idea and the others were horrible, they likely to remember that idea. Even if they think all of your ideas air horrible, they're going to be impressed that you took the initiative to create something to produce something, and they can see that you can write clearly that you can write concisely and that you can present a proposal that's gonna go a long way towards distinguishing you. In this job interview, I could tell you I've never had anyone do that in a job interview with me. But if they did pretty good chance, I would hire them. 8. Rehearse Your Interview on Video: So let's say you've done all the exercises so far. You've watched all the videos and you're still nervous about that job interview. What are things you can do to reduce the nerves? For starters, give yourself extra time. If it's something, takes you 1/2 an hour to get there and your job interviews. 11. Don't leave the house at 10. 30 because even if everything goes well, you may find yourself walking very quickly that last two blocks to get to the job interview and you could be sweating. You don't want to get there and all of a sudden Oh, no, I'm sweating. I'm perspiring. I'm oily. Ah, give yourself plenty of time and allow for a bus delay. A mass transit delay. Traffic jam. If you're driving, give yourself extra time. If something takes you 1/2 an hour to get there, give yourself a full hour so that you have plenty of time before you walk in. You're collected. You're not rushed. You're not out of breath. You're not flush. You're not sweaty and you're completely comfortable. Okay, Now, for the number one tip on how to completely eliminate your nerves, here is exactly what you need to dio find a friend, colleague, a family member. Tell them the company you're interviewing with give them a few sample questions. You think that the person interviewing you might ask some of them are obvious. Why should we hire you? Tell me about yourself. Why are you interested in this position? Have your friend Family member colleague asked you these questions, but here's the trick. You're not gonna like this, but it's the number one thing you can do to give it a nurse. Give your family member or friend a cell phone and have them record the entire fake practice job interview with you. I know you don't want to do it, but guess what? You need to do it because if you're in the job interview and you're nervous and all of a sudden you know you're doing this doesn't really matter how good your answers are. You're not going to leave a good impression with that individual interviewing you. They're gonna think you're a little strange or high, strong or weird. So that's why you need to practice on video. What makes us nervous quite often is not knowing how we come across are we speaking to? Really? Are we speaking too softly? We somehow shouting and were not aware of it. It's very easy to find out. You just record and then you have to watch it. I know you don't want to watch it. T. J in late May face and elect my voice. Well, guess what? The person who's interviewing you has to look at your face, so you might as well do it to the person interviewing you has to listen to your voice so you might as well know how it comes across. So you've gotta have your friend colleague family member interview you. You've got to record it on video. If you don't record it on video, it really doesn't help much. And that's the same with practicing in front of a mere. That doesn't really help you practice in front of a mere, and words are coming out of your mouth. But your thing I was my nose crooked or I never had my eyes, too. Don't practice your job interview answers in front of a mere practice with someone asking you the questions and you videotape it and you watch it, but you gotta watch it really carefully. You got to figure out what do you like? What do you not like? If you notice that the 1st 2 minutes of an eight minute interview, you're speaking really quickly and rushed. Make a note of that and practice it again, consciously speaking slower in the 1st 2 minutes so that even though you are nervous, you don't appear to be nervous. So here's the real trick. You have to keep practicing until you like your answers on video. You gotta like how you look, how you sound, how you move. You can have the best answers in the world. If you're kind of like sitting back like this arms crossed, it's gonna be extraordinarily difficult to leave a good impression with that interviewer, you need to be leaning forward when you're talking to this person interviewing. You need to be leaning forward listening to them. Your hands actually need to move. You shouldn't be holding pencils, holding books in the middle of the job interview. He shouldn't be sitting on your hands. You should do it all people do when they're comfortable talking their hands. Move. Disregard all the sitcom advice about how you're likely to be nervous and do this. No, people don't actually do that in my experience. So you want your hands to move naturally. Now, if absolutely nobody will rehearse with you, then just practice yourself. Ask yourself a question hit record on your video and tape it and keep doing that and tell you like it. Now it may be you do it in one take and you love it. You're confident and you're ready to go in. It may be you have to do 100 day. I don't care how many it takes, but if you want to get over nervousness number, one way of doing it is practice your answers on video until you love every aspect of style and substance. Do take after take after take. If that's what it takes now, this will get faster. This will get easier. The more job interviews you go on. You'll spend less time on this because you'll get better at it. You'll get more familiar with it. But don't just think in your head about your answers. Don't just write it down. Don't just rely on your memo. You must practice your answers on video, watch it, listen to it and tell you like it. Then your nerves will disappear 9. Ask for the Job: So you've accomplished everything you wanted. The job interview. You feel like it went well. How do you end it? You don't want to just look at your watch. So I know you've got other people to interview and to get out of here. You don't wanna wait for the person who's been interviewing you to say, Well, we're out of time. Get out of here. You need some way of concluding. That's graceful. And that's positive. That ends with the ask. What I mean by that is, in a sincere way, a non pushy way. Ask for the job. Help you sincere about this? Sometimes you get into a job interview and you can tell you would hate this job. It's not a good fit. They wouldn't like you. You wouldn't like them. Which case you just thank people for their time. But let's say you're in a job interview. It goes, well, it seems like a great company or a great organization. You'd like to work there. You legitimately. I think you're a good fit and you have the skills. Don't just thank the person and say, Thanks for your time. Instead, some up say, You know, I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me more about your company. Now that I know X, y and Z and mentioned something specific, I think that really is a perfect fit for me based on X, y and Z. Something else in your background tie in together your strength, your passions bring in something new that came out from this job interview. Show the person you're really listening to them but make the case how this is a good fit. And then the final thing is and you got to be sincere about this show A moment of reflection. Yeah, Now that I think about this, I really think this would be a good fit. I would like to have this job and I sincerely hope you consider me for this job. Ask again. You don't want to seem pushy. You certainly don't want to seem Gaspar. It's like, Please give me this job. I'm going to get kicked out of my apart now. You never want to seem like you need a job, But there's nothing wrong with seeming like you'd really like this job. You're not stating I have 50 other job offers. You're not implying it directly, but there has to be not a single whiff of desperation or intense need. Instead, it has to be. You've thought about it. You like what you hear today. You're implying this has been a mutual interview. I'm interviewing you to see if your company is good enough for me. I have thought about it, and I have concluded this is a good fit. So not only thank you for your time, but thank you for your consideration. I would, in fact, like this job ask for the job. We've all heard the story of a politician who spent a lot of time with a voter. And the voter said he liked the politician. She liked the politician but didn't vote for him. And you say what? He didn't ask for my vote. A lot of times in life you don't get if you don't ask. So my recommendation is asking a non threatening, non pushy, non needy way. Ask for the job, do that. And then there's no doubt whatsoever in the mind of the interview that if everything else fits, you would be a good selection for this job. Good luck with your job interviews and good luck with your career 10. Give and Get Feedback: If you really want a master, the skills were talking about today. If you truly want to be a world class communicator, then you're gonna have to get feedback. Ask your friends, family members, colleagues, other executives to rate how you're doing with every aspect of your presentation. I'm a big believer in this, and I don't just talk about it. I practice it, too, so I want your feedback. So what I would ask is, now that we're almost done with his course, take just a moment and go to the feedback portion of this course and write a review. No, I certainly hope you give me a five star review, but I want you to be honest, tell me what was valuable in this course and write it out and tell me where it can improve . Now I think I'm good. But one of the reasons I think I'm good is that I've always listened throughout my career to people who didn't like something about how I communicated, and I listened to it, and I tried to make adjustments to improve it. Tiny little improvements every time I speak. So I'm asking as a favor to me and for future students, so we can continue to make this course get better and better. Take just a moment to write a review in the official feedback section of this course.