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9/18/10 3:53 P

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I found a state-run agency that helps with resumes, cover letters, interview practice, etc. I've been using them to my fullest advantage. Sometimes colleges will have continuing education classes that can help.

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7/18/10 7:55 P

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I am facing the same problem, except I am not a babbler, I am too shy and quiet. I got laid off jan 2009 and still looking.

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7/18/10 7:19 P

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I'm in the same boat. I've gotten a couple first interviews, then...nothing. I've read that it's good to know about the company. I just am not good at giving interviewers the answers they want. Any suggestions when there's no one to practice interviewing with?

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7/18/10 12:32 P

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emoticon Be educated about the company. I have found that is a great ice breaker. I just got a new job this past week!! Hope my luck will come your way.

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7/17/10 8:28 P

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Interviews are just hard. I am a "babbler" too, so I can sympathize. Practice is always good. Try to anticipate questions and have an answer ready. Be confident! You can do it.

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7/17/10 12:40 P

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Hi! How have you been? The interview has been difficult for me too. A few things that help, which the other messages mention, is to believe in yourself. Believe you can do the job and you will be able to do it. Prepare well too, which can be as simple as planning your trip and getting there on time. emoticon

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5/16/10 12:15 P

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Hey, Jules! Best wishes with the new stage in looking for a job.

One thing people can do is to rehearse the interview. Also, they prepare themselves before the interview: get their clothes looking good and up-to date, neat grooming, organized documents with references--all this builds confidence. There are lots of websites that offer articles and advice, and job counsellors (often at university or college placement offices) can give training and guidelines to help you have an idea of how to go through the process. You can practice at home with people you trust and find supportive. Being yourself, your best self, is a good thing, because that is your integrity; people feel instinctively when you are genuine. Get ready, practice what you might say, anticipate any hitches that may come up, and practice again. You can look up lists of interview do's and don'ts and typical questions. Do some research on the companies you are going to apply to and on the latest developments in your field of expertise. When you know about the company, you can convince them that your knowledge and skills are the best match to help them meet their objectives and yours. Know yourself, value yourself and believe in yourself. Believe that the right situation--the one that is meant for you at this time--will come along. All the best for success and a great future! emoticon

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5/16/10 11:07 A

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Hy JULES, how are you doing!?

Congrats on going further on the interview!!! It's your first victory, and you should celebrate!
Anyway, I do understand how you feel... and it's how most of us feel during an interview. We all get scared, and insecure about ourselves, and afraid of saying too much or not as much.

But first I'd like to tell you that, at least I have that feeling that I overexplain stuff, or I was talking to much, and right when I leave I remember something that I should have said!!!
Because we create so much expectations, and expecting to do a perfect interview is unrealistic... so drop all the super high expectations and aim to be yourself, no matter what.
Be honest all the time, and don't try to look like you are a different person, you got here being yourself (also because once you are hired, you would have to keep up with that image you've created, and that will stress you out).

One thing I do is, before the interview, when I am getting there (like, when I park my car, or my bike) I do a quick deep breathing exercise. Than I repeat to myself: "You can do it, you're no better or worse than anybody, so just go there and show them".

Hope that helps!

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5/16/10 10:50 A

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Hey there!

i've been looking for a job since dec. 2008 when i got my degree, and this summer's prime time to look again. i have a feeling i might actually hit the interview level of the search this summer, but i completely suck at that sort of thing--i am not the best at leaving a great first impression (i usually overexplain things or just babble--which i'm trying to get over)

i just wonder if there's anything you guys did to curb the anxiety and prep for interviews without psyching yourself out.

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