Getting the Interview
Shaping your introduction.
By Torin Ellis, Contributing writer
June 1, 2018
Last month, I dropped a quick read on conversation mapping and how individuals might handle the dialogue once invited in for the interview. As I thought about the May article, it dawned on me that for many, getting to the interview is still a challenge.
So, let’s address the issue of getting there. It all starts with your introduction.
Whether your search starts online scrolling through page after page on a job board, or by jumping on public transportation going door-to-door looking for the decision maker, you will repeatedly have to introduce yourself.
That introduction (cover letter, resume or in-person) is a major part of the whole procedure.
In the first 30 to 60 seconds employers are listening or reviewing your content for delivery, diction, and tone. If it grabs their attention, you are then moved forward towards your aspirations. You’ll receive an invitation to interview, be offered a business card to connect with the owner, or be invited back when the appropriate person is available. All good things — so, you want to make sure to get it right.
Three suggestions for an introduction that delivers a positive impact:
- Present your best self — make sure to have fresh personal appearance. When meeting an employer, they will SEE you before they HEAR you.
- Be up-to-date — Always have an updated resume and be ready to describe specific examples of work you’ve succeeded at in the past.
- Share the air — Remember it isn’t all about you — listen to what the employer is saying and think about what they need.
Despite the data suggesting that technology will continue disrupting all industries and sectors, the introduction will always remain important. Practice with friends or probation officer as often as you can. Solid introductions are considered a great communication habit.
It has been said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. By the time the NBA finals are over, you will have about 21 days left in June: the perfect amount of time to practice the above, and get yourself into the habit of great introductions. Just pick one bullet and start practicing — use your internet access to review websites or TEDx talks as well. To get started, check out this talk on Self Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph.
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