Hi there, I'm Denise Richardson. And this is howdini.com. If you wanna learn how to ace a job interview, stay tuned. We are about to talk about it with Maggie Mistal, who is a life purpose and career coach, who can be heard regularly on Martha Steward Living Radio on Sirius. Thank you so much for being with us. Thanks, Denise.
嗨，我是Denise Richardson. 這是howdini.com。如果你想學怎樣成功應付工作面試，別轉台。我們將要和Maggie Mistal談論這個問題，她是生命意義和職業的教練，可以經常在天狼星無線電台的Martha Steward直播節目聽到她。謝謝妳來加入我們。謝謝，Denise。
You show up with your dress properly. You walk in to meet an interviewer. What is the first thing you do when you walk in?
I love to smile. And obviously I think you can tell by that. But I like to make the interviewer just as at ease as I'm trying to be. Because really, this interview is a conversation that you are gonna have with this other person who is a human being and it can be a real ice-breaker, if you can be relaxed and at least give yourself a break to say, "Hi, how are you?" And even try to talk about the weather or some type of other ice breaker that kind of gives everybody the chance to take a deep breath because this is an evaluative conversation and it can be nerve-wracking for both parties.
So the interviewer says to that prospective employee, "Why do you want to leave your job?"
Yes. That's always a great question, isn't it? And you have to be prepared for the key questions. Especially, "Why are you moving on?" Now, if you are moving on because you can't stand your boss, right? Which happens a lot and we've all been there. You don't wanna say that! What you do want to say is that I really need to be in a place where I can be managed and developed and where I can get guidance or mentoring. You really focus on the things that you are looking to get as opposed to all the reasons why you don't have it now.
You know there are some people who walk into that interview and they walk in a little defensively and because they really need a job. And they hear the words, "You are overqualified!" And they are willing to take a job and do their best at it. How do you handle, "You are overqualified?"
You can say things like, "Well, I've, you know, I've really thought about that and if I were in your shoes, I'd be asking the same question. And when I think about it, I can tell you for a fact, I'm looking to downshift, and I know this industry well, and I don't need to be in charge. I've been the person on the totem pole before and I can do that again. I'm really looking for a place where I can contribute but where I don't have to be the one who's running the show." And r And really address those concerns which are behind the "overqualified" comment.
And they may say the op (opposite), "You just don't have enough experience for us."
Oh, for folks who are just starting out maybe a new career or college students who just graduated or even folks out of high school are new to the work world that's a common problem. So again I go back to, "internships are great," anyway that you can get some experience on your resume to demonstrate, "Hey, yeah, I may not be, you know, ten years in this field, but I can tell you in this...this experience that I had this summer, I didn't know anything going in and here is how successful I was." Y You want to show situations where, yeah, you went in without a lot of experience but were still able to succeed. And this is where references can be so helpful as well. Even if you don't have a lot of experience, anybody can be a good reference for you. Even a teacher, or a professor, or even, um, someone that you volunteered for, who can attest your ability to learn quickly and perform well can be a great asset.
"We already like you. How much money are you looking for?" It's such a trick question.
Oh, it is! And for that question you definitely want to do your homework. This is one of the best uses for the internet. Salary.com, Indeed.com, Monster, Hotjobs, a lot of them have salary calculators associated with now. So you can look up the job title in your geographic area, and get the range of salaries for that position. And find where you would fit based on your level of experience.
Briefly, if I...if the interviewer hasn't brought up the word "salary", should you?
Not right away. And in the initial conversation, you want to get to know whether or not this job even is a good fit. And I always tell people: Become the superstar to this person first, and then you are in a much better place to negotiate salary. And they may even pay more for you because they are like, wow, we can't let Denise go. She's such a fabulous candidate. We are only going to pay this much but now that we've found Denise. We are willing to do more.
Health care, flex-time, vacation time, these are the issues that you should bring up during a first interview or do you wait for, "Come back and meet Mr. Smith?"
Right. Come... Wait for the come back because, again, first interview should be about, "Is this a company I can picture myself in?" and vice versa for the interviewer and if it is a place you can see yourself in, do the...do really be your best self and really let them know why you'd be a fantastic fit.
But we're certainly happy to have you with us. Thank you so much Maggie Mistal.
You are welcome.
註一：the person on the totem pole這個片語比較常見的用法是a high [low] man on the totem pole；重要[不重要]的人物。這裡因為影片中沒有提到high或low，我們認為這句的意思是在那個階層中。