Ask yourself "W" questions before your job interview:
Who am I? Where am I? Who am I talking to? What do I want?
Enjoy Your Job Interview
A job interview is similar to a casting for actors.
To succeed, you have to fail in a lot of interviews. Find a way to make friends with interview processes. Remember: You were invited and you deserve to be at that interview. If you enjoy the interview process, your potential employer will enjoy it, too.
Transform Your Nerves into Enthusiasm
When you are nervous, it means that you care and that you're invested in the outcome. Nerves are not only a positive sign, they are a condition of success.
Nervousness is energy. Transform it into enthusiasm.
Bring Your Personality with You
Personality is what gets an actor the role. It's the same with you in your job interview.
Don't wear a thick mask and don't spend your energy to protect yourself. Be authentic and show your own personality.
Showbiz Ain't Fair
"Reason you get the role: You look like the director's mother."
"Reason you don't get the role: You look like the director's mother."
Hiring decisions are very complex decisions. Don't get frustrated if you don't succeed during your first interviews. It's already a success to reach the interview stage. And remember: Talent doesn't always rise to the top. Take every interview as a training session which prepares your for success when your "true challenge" appears at the horizon.
The Headhunter is on Your Side
"We want the same thing that actors want. If the actors succeed in the casting, then so do we."
Nancy Bishop, Casting Director
It's the same with headhunters. We are on your side. We want you to succeed in your job interview. Good luck!
This presentation was inspired by Nancy Bishop's book "Secrets from the Casting Couch" and contains quotations of this book.