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The eighth tip in a series of interviewing soft skills presentations

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  • 1. INTERVIEW TIP #8 SMILE! Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CCM, CDMS

2. About me Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM Occupational Consultant Share a review: http://tack.z/6NDp My Blog: More information about my services: www.Life-Works.Info Additional Resources JOB SEARCH FOR THE REST OF US Group on Linkedin: Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Careerealism 3. REVIEW By now you are getting the idea that there is really a lot involved when experts and others tell you to make sure to prepare for an interview! Already, in previous articles have covered: Practicing Over Preparing Taking Notes Wearing Appropriate and Comfortable Clothes. Visit the location the day before the interview Relax dont try to cram for an important interview Breathe to avoid saying um too much 4. BEFORE, DURING AFTER So far in this series we have talked mainly about how to prepare to attend the interview. Tip #6 & #7 were the first tips concerned with DURING THE INTERVIEW. We have covered a lot and still only talked about interviewing soft skills The next series will address more of the nuts and bolts of inteviewing 5. Smile. Really remind yourself to smile! You might ask: Why is it important? Dont you want to appear to take the interview seriously? How will it help? Good questions! 6. Why Smile People can hear it in your voice when you smile. If you have ever worked in telephone sales you have direct experience (and training) for this. So, someone on the phone can hear and react positively to you smiling, however distantly Dont you think smiling in person would also have a positive effect? Of course! 7. Are you serious? Yes, you want to project your best business persona - dress, bearing, confident, etc. But, you also want to communicate a sense of humanity and personality. A bit of levity can lighten the mood and even lead to a more conversational tone that can work in your favor! 8. Be a human being Often when I work with clients who are shy or introverted, they can become comfortable (sometimes when sharing their weakness) Letting the interviewer know that she or his is introverted. By this point in the interview the potential employer probably already has surmised this So it often leads to at least a smile, sometimes a chuckle 9. GET A CLUE You want the interviewer to remember you pleasantly. You want to come across as someone the employer and your coworkers would look forward to interacting with. Dont you? Yes! Smile! 10. Pretty is as pretty does Smiling can also put you in a positive mindset and calm your nerves as your brain will come to understand, Hey, I must be happy; Im smiling. Next time you are in a bad mood try it. You will see the effect it has on not only yourself, but those you interact with. 11. RECAP Smile The interviewer will respond positively You will give the impression others would like to interact with you It may put you at ease and change the tone of the interview 12. OTHER TIPS So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3). Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. Tip # 6 (Breathe), this one and the next tips deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period. Tip #7 Strike a pose Join me next time for Tip #8. 13. Resources for possible interview questions and/or answers: Articles in my blog Articles on CAREEREALISM Articles on the Web Need more help? Chat, Email, Skype, Hangout Click here for email Google Hangouts Live Person Chat - 3 minutes free Skype Mary.E.Sherwood PS I also wanted to let you know about a new job search group I just started on LinkedIn, it would be great to have you and please share with your connections If you are currently employed you might want to hide this group on your Profile; click here if you need help with that! Take care, Mary