Practice Makes Perfect

Think for a moment about great  athletes.  They certainly did not master  their sport quickly or easily.  It takes    years of dedication and practice in order for them to reach perfection.  Michael Jordan one of the greatest basketball    players of all time was also the hardest working player on his team.  He went to the gym after each game (no matter    how late) to work on any area he felt needed improvement.
You don’t win the Super Bowl,  NBA Finals or World Cup when you first begin to compete.  Your job search IS a   competition, so it is  not surprising that you don’t receive a job offer when you first begin to  interview.    Unless you are a “sales  professional” or “job hopper,” interviewing is not a natural process.  It is also not easy   to sell yourself.
Role playing is a very  effective process to enhance your ability to interview.  You can role play with family members,    friends or anyone who is willing to role play with you.  It’s better if you do NOT provide them with a  list of questions.    You must be able to  answer any and all questions during the interview process.
When you have finished  interviewing, have them rate you on the following areas on a scale from 1 – 10,  10 being   the highest.

 _____ First Impression
_____ Ability to Answer Questions
_____ Able to overcome objections
_____ Knowledge of the Job
_____ Ability to uncover challenges or hot buttons of the  interviewer
_____ Knowledge of the Company
_____ Ability to stress your accomplishments
_____ Quality of Questions You Ask
_____ Ability to set up your follow up process

Not everyone will be able to  rate you in all nine areas, especially knowledge of the job or company.     You need to focus on improving any area  where you receive a rating of less than an 8.   When you ask   friends or family to role play with you, be prepared for  their often blunt and very honest feedback.     It’s important that you view their comments as constructive criticism.
Once you have practiced the  areas where you were the “weakest” ask the same people to role play with you    again so they can see how you have improved.
If you find yourself nervous  during an interview, there is nothing wrong with stopping the interview and    explaining the following to the hiring authority:
“Can we stop this interview for  just a minute.  I’ve been up half the  night preparing for this interview   because I’m confident I can do this job and  I’m also very interested working for you.   My nerves however   are preventing me from interviewing well.  I wish you could watch me work for the next  month, because I   know you would hire me once you saw my abilities and work  ethic.  I just don’t know how to turn  this   interview around.”
Most hiring authorities will be  taken back  by your courage to say this  and your honesty.  Many individuals   who  have used this technique have received a job offer.  When you have this as an “interviewing tool”  you   can use, it has often reduced nerves where you don’t need to use it!
If you are not obtaining  offers, you have no choice but to role play and improve your ability to  interview.    Once you “master the ability  to interview” you will receive job offers!

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