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An example: A job interview

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it, Katherine Whitehorn.

The job interview is nothing but a form of interpersonal communication. According to everything that has been said, how to be persuasive and effective?

  1. Impeccable presentation. Brush your teeth, floss, and have a shower before the interview. Make sure your hair looks neat and well groomed, your nails are clean and short, and your hands, spotless. For a man, facial hair should be well shaved or trimmed, he should wear a grey or blue suit, a well-ironed tie and a crisp white shirt. For a woman, she should never wear anything that draws attention. Female candidates should avoid too tight, short, transparent, and revealing dresses. Do not wear any earrings that are not in your earlobes and do not show your tattoos or piercings. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, Eleanor Roosevelt

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. Do not smoke or drink alcohol before an interview. Do not chew gum or candy during the interview. Wow! Practicing how to poison yourself and make your breath reek like the fart of a seagull!, Eileen cries ― Randa Abdel-Fattah

    Wow! Practicing how to poison yourself and make your breath reek like the fart of a seagull!, Eileen cries ― Randa Abdel-Fattah

  3. Arrive a few minutes early and go alone. Do not bring friends or family members with you, so you can demonstrate autonomy, self-confidence, and independence. As you go into an interview, understand that fate is in your hands. Believe in yourself, in your abilities and potential and you will succeed.

    As you go into an interview, understand that fate is in your hands. Believe in yourself, in your abilities and potential and you will succeed.

  4. You should arrive on time, but not too early.

  5. Turn off the phone, make sure you will not be disturbed. Opportunities don't happen, you create them, Chris Grosser

    Opportunities don't happen, you create them, Chris Grosser

  6. Show openness and self-confidence by greeting with a firm and strong handshake, sitting with a good posture, and showing a friendly smile. Make sure you are in a pleasant and accommodating mood during the whole interview. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy, Norman Vincent Peale

    Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy, Norman Vincent Peale

  7. It is very important to maintain eye contact, but be careful not to stare too long either.

  8. Sit down when the interviewer asks you to do so. Sit down properly with your back straight, but try to do so in a natural way and lean slightly forward to show the interviewer how interested and motivated you are. Avoid fidgeting, slouching, sitting on the edge of your chair (you will look nervous, lacking in self-confidence and uncomfortable), and do not cross your legs or arms (a very defensive posture). A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory, Arthur Golden

    A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory, Arthur Golden

  9. Do not get nervous. Do not play with the interviewer’s business card, your hair, ring, smartphone or pen. Do not bite your nails or lips during the interview. Avoid fidgeting, twitching your legs, moving your hands too much. On the contrary, breath deeply, stay calm and focused during the interview so you can project a self-confident and trustworthy image of yourself. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, Albert Einstein. The best way out is always through, Robert Frost

    In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, Albert Einstein. The best way out is always through, Robert Frost

  10. Before the interview, you should take a copy of your resume and review it. Try to be calm and relaxed. Do not overload the day, get plenty of rest instead. Research the company in advance, visit its website, find out about their products, services, and competitors.

What about your language?

Accept criticism and show yourself as someone who is willing to learn from his/her flaws and mistakes, as someone who does not view negative experiences and outcomes as problems, but as opportunities and challenges to grow and learn.

  1. Show personal integrity. Do not beg for the job, but let your character, passion, work ethic, and enthusiasm win the day. Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think, A. A. Milne

    Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think, A. A. Milne

  2. Avoid talking about money, vacation time, politics, religion or sex during the first interview. Keep calm during the negotiation process and always leave the door open for negotiation. Reassure them you are really interested in the job: “I am very interested in your company and this post. I am sure we can reach an agreement.” Avoid talking about money

    Avoid talking about money

  3. Do not talk too much. You should not disclose bad habits, fears, your pregnancy, criminal record, medical condition (HIV, diabetes), etc. in the first interview. As the old saying goes, the more you talk, the more mistakes you make, the more that you reveal about yourself. Listen carefully to the interviewer, answer him clearly and concisely, and mimic his body language, gestures, vocabulary, etc. but don’t take it too far. Talking too much is a typical interviewer error

    Talking too much is a typical interviewer error

  4. Use appropriate language during your interview and focus on the specific knowledge and experience you can bring to the position. Be polite and show good manners. Avoid swearing, slang, fillers (uh, er, um, like, y’know, I mean, etc.), making jokes or using sarcasm (they can be easily misunderstood or even considered rude and offensive), as well as, racist, sexist, or negative remarks. Use gestures and body language, but don’t exaggerate them, just make sure that they feel natural, sincere, and meaningful.
  5. Do not let your guard down for a moment!
  6. Finally, express your sincere gratitude for the interview opportunity. Towards the end of the job interview, the interviewer is likely to ask you, “Do you have any questions for us?” If you just respond with a simple “no,” it makes you seem slightly uninterested in the post and being complacent. You could answer something like: “Will I be hearing from you or should I contact you?” “Do you see any major weaknesses in my profile, gaps in my qualifications that I need to address, any issues that might make you think otherwise?”
  7. Practice makes perfect. Type in Google “interview questions” and reflect on possible answers. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts, Winston Churchill

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts, Winston Churchill

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation, Arthur Ashe.

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