Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign
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Don’t Let Them See You Sweat
For the most part, the presidential candidates have shown impressive self-control and smoothness when asked probing, embarrassing or provocative questions. Watch how the candidates conduct themselves during a debate — the most stressful of job interviews.
Similarly, at interviews you must think on your feet and respond to negative questions with positive answers that enhance your candidacy for the job, done while maintaining the perception you are confident, relaxed, comfortable and free of stress. Practice is a major component of achieving the poise and presence that prevents your interviewer from seeing you sweat. You need to be able to handle yourself professionally under pressure.
Preparing for both phone and in-person interviews is necessary to win the job. Have your answers ready when asked any of the major interview questions. If you make a mistake, acknowledge it and move on. Putting the hiring manager at ease is key to a successful interview.