Career Guides >> Browse Articles >> Government Job Search


Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign

Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign

Joe Turner /

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.

Govcentral School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use Govcentral's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.