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Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:42 am

I wanted to share some advice that would have helped me tremendously during OCI: watch yourself answering interview questions. Either do it in a mirror, or better yet, film yourself.

I really struggled during OCI. I had the credentials on paper but I was constantly striking out at the interview stage. I've gotta say, getting rejected based on your personal presentation, rather than your grades or work experience, is hugely demoralizing.

I ended up doing a mock interview with career services and was told that I come off as very "reserved." I went home and answered interview questions in front of a mirror, and sure enough, there were times I had some serious Resting Bitch Face going on. It hadn't occurred to me that it might be a problem since I'm normally pretty expressive when talking to friends and family. However, in interviews I suspect I was coming off as a combination of boring, unfriendly, and not interested in the job.

This might sound silly, but I spent a few days practicing answers in front of a mirror until I was confident I could project the right level of humor, enthusiasm and friendliness without thinking about it. I had an interview a few days ago, and it was like night and day compared to previous ones. I only wish I had realized this earlier, and I hope people can learn from my mistakes.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby stoopkid13 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:53 am

Agree 100%. It's awkward and painful but you pick up on your tics and other bad habits.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby yoyoyiyo » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:45 pm

You all think about it way too much. Be natural.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby acr » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:50 pm

yoyoyiyo wrote:You all think about it way too much. Be natural.


yeah, but some people's "natural" won't land them a job. some people need to change their "natural" for job interview purposes. if you're naturally engaging and interesting and enthusiastic, then be natural. but if you're naturally unfriendly, boring, etc, then I don't think "be natural" is the solution to impressing employers and landing a job

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby KMart » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:15 pm

stoopkid13 wrote:Agree 100%. It's awkward and painful but you pick up on your tics and other bad habits.

This. I, for some reason, look to the side when answering questions. Helpful to know.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby yoyoyiyo » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:21 pm

acr wrote:
yoyoyiyo wrote:You all think about it way too much. Be natural.


yeah, but some people's "natural" won't land them a job. some people need to change their "natural" for job interview purposes. if you're naturally engaging and interesting and enthusiastic, then be natural. but if you're naturally unfriendly, boring, etc, then I don't think "be natural" is the solution to impressing employers and landing a job


If you're naturally unfriendly, boring, etc, then maybe this isn't the kind of job for you.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby GeneralLawyer » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:50 pm

KMart wrote:
stoopkid13 wrote:Agree 100%. It's awkward and painful but you pick up on your tics and other bad habits.

This. I, for some reason, look to the side when answering questions. Helpful to know.


According to body language black magic, looking to the left means you're making stuff up and looking to the right means you are remembering something.

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby acr » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:04 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
acr wrote:
yoyoyiyo wrote:You all think about it way too much. Be natural.


yeah, but some people's "natural" won't land them a job. some people need to change their "natural" for job interview purposes. if you're naturally engaging and interesting and enthusiastic, then be natural. but if you're naturally unfriendly, boring, etc, then I don't think "be natural" is the solution to impressing employers and landing a job


If you're naturally unfriendly, boring, etc, then maybe this isn't the kind of job for you.


lol

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Re: Interview Tip: Film Yourself

Postby champ33 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:51 pm

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