Open Doors with these 7 Interview Tips
is an experienced tutor for English, French, Drama, and admissions. Her personal experiences of being interviewed for jobs from a variety of fields have provided her with the insight she shares with us today.
Here are Emma's interview tips:
In my 8 years of preparing young people for exams and interviews, there are some gems and tools I have developed that work.
1. Dropping stress. Stressful thinking is a sure-fire block to success and, most importantly, to a child's ability to express themselves confidently and articulately. Often someone can go into flight, fight or freeze response in the event of the interview. Re-framing in advance can demystify the process and allow them to be in the athlete "zone" or find their natural "flow."
2. Re-claiming power. As long as the student or interviewee is objectified as a performer and the school/employer made into an ogre or mecca, it's a losing game. Most do not intend for this to be the case, but the set up can encourage such positioning. Re-dressing the power balance can ensure a collaborative win-win outcome.
3. An opportunity for life-long lessons. It is about the interview and it isn't about the interview. This time can be an investment for the long-term future, not only the next few months. Over-arching lessons about time management, communication and working towards goals can be gleaned along the way. As they say in the acting industry, "audition for your career, not the job."
4. Appropriate action plan. Get clear with the student what her interests and talents are and the school's ability to nurture them. Yes, it says on the tin that they cultivate the individual - is that true? Develop a school specific action plan with the student about how they will contribute and participate in their development, and how the school can do the same.
5. Ditch the fake corporate body language. Training young people (and by young, you know I mean even as young as 7!) to be mini execs with body-language-by-numbers just won't cut it. Neither does it read true for adults. Essentials like eye contact may be helpful, but human beings are trust-barometers and superficiality can obscure the uniqueness of the candidate.
6. Reverse Role-Play. This heightens connection with the interviewer, creates a sense of playful adventure, and highlights the need to move away from a stagnant question/answer dynamic and explore genuine conversation.
7. Practice. Plan. Prepare. And my bonus P - Presence. The 3 P's are a dependable set of guiding principles, but Presence gives you edge. Presence means being available to spontaneous conversation, as well as influencing the atmosphere of the room - commanding the kind of attention an actor has on stage. People don't remember credentials, they remember how they felt in your presence.