Articles > Making job interviews interactive - by Scott Brown
If you were to ask yourself what type of person a prospective employer is looking for, what would be the answer? Good personality? Effective communicator? Dynamic? Knowledgeable? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you are right.
Now, sit back and take a look at yourself and ask yourself if you meet these criteria. Are you a dynamic, energetic effective communicator with a good personality? Are you knowledgeable in the areas affected by the position? If you cannot answer these questions positively, then you need to make some changes.
The main reason you want to change is so that when you go for an interview, you are not sitting there like a bump on a log waiting for the next question. Instead, you should be asking questions, showing your knowledge and skills and involving the interviewer in stimulating conversation.
How do you change?
There are many ways you can go about changing but lots of us do not have thousands of dollars to put out for classes. The easiest and often times most productive way to start making changes is to use your friends as guinea pigs to determine if you meet the criteria.
Start by working with one or two friends on your communication skills. If you are shy and introverted, you need to practice with your friends by being assertive and overcoming your shy nature. You can practice daily until you feel more comfortable around people. Local employment security commissions have free programs to help you with improving your communication skills. You can even go to the public library and read on effective communication.
Be Dynamic and Energetic
If you are the kind of person who just kind of hangs out and lets things go by, you will need to work on your energy level. Companies today are looking for employees who can do more than one job and have the energy level to contribute on any level and at any time. If you are a couch potato who only gets up if the house is on fire then you need to start working on your energy level.
Start taking Vitamin B12, CoQ10 or whatever herbal supplement will boost your energy level. Drink extra coffee every morning or jog 5 miles every day. Do whatever it takes to increase your energy level to the point where a prospective employer will be excited by your energy and want to give you a job.
The final step in creating a dynamic personality to make an interview the show-stopping, interactive experience it needs to be is to be knowledgeable. When you are called for an interview for a position, make sure you know something about all of the duties described in the job req. I also recommend looking the company up and getting some basic information about them.
Your ultimate goal is to create a dynamic, interactive interview experience where you display your awesome communication skills, your knowledge of the position and of the company and your high-energy magnetism that can be immediately directed towards your new job if hired.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.
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