Cat: Recession got you down? Don’t let a hiring manager know it. More often than not, confidence and a positive attitude trump skill and experience in the eyes of employers. I’m Cat Miller, and this is DiceTV.
You think I like singing in the middle of a downturn? The thing is, if you’re out of work and feeling down about it, you still have to show your positive side during job interviews. That’s not easy. But there are some tricks you can use.
First, tune up. If you’ve been depressed about your job search, you may unconsciously project negative vibes or tension. So listen to upbeat or soothing music before an interview. It’s a safe way to lift your spirits and focus your thoughts.
Next: Don’t turn that door knob unless you’re smiling. It says you’re approachable, it’s contagious and even if you’re feeling down, forcing yourself to smile can raise your spirits. Everyone likes working with pleasant people, so remember to greet an interviewer pleasantly.
An interview isn’t always the best place to share humor, but a tasteful joke or some quick wit can be an asset. Most people like working around someone who can deflect tension through humor. So when you’re preparing, think about a few funny vignettes and slip one in when you’re talking about your experience.
Finally, limit negative talk: Don’t volunteer any negative tales about your previous employers or co-workers. If you’re asked to describe a failure or a time when you’ve struggled, share something briefly, but end it on a positive note. Reinforce the good outcomes or learning moments that resulted from your experience.
By putting a positive spin on your answer, you’re showing you’re upbeat and can overcome adversity with poise – and maybe even a sense of humor.
I’m Cat Miller, this has been DiceTV, and we now return you to your regular desktop.