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Start to Practice Interviews

Q. I'm starting to interview anywhere I can for a new job, but I find I'm tongue-tied when I meet with the interviewers. I hand over my resume and cover letter that I am pretty good at preparing, and I do know about the company. I just can't say it. Also, I don't know what to do when they ask me about the company that just fired me. I'm still emotional about that.

Ans. Communicating is vital to winning those interviews so practice speaking about the skills and experience you will bring to the company before the mirror, to your relatives that live near you, and to friends. Once you've practiced, you'll find it easier to speak up and say those same things to a stranger. Building public speaking confidence will help you in all future careers too. The key is to impress the listener with ways you can help solve the company's problems. Do some research before the meeting to try and determine what they are. When you come in with solutions you'll make a great impression. Also, kill that anger at the last company. It isn't helping anyone, so quit giving it free rent in your brain. That was yesterday. Move on.


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