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Auditioning or Interviewing?

Written by Elise Zieman on February 1, 2016

Plain and simple – the interview process can be intimidating.  The spotlight is on you to communicate your educational and experiential qualifications as well as your aptitude, interest, and career ambitions over the course of a few brief conversations. You may feel as though you are auditioning for a play rather than interviewing for your dream job.  The two experiences can be very much alike though, so with that in mind, here are a few audition tips that may prove valuable beyond the stage and within the interview process.

  1. Body Language
    Prior to an audition, you might find an actor shaking out various limbs, jumping up and down, or doing tongue twisters. These physical warm-ups not only help with nerves, they ensure your body and mind are prepared for what is to come. Amy Cuddy gives a great TED Talk on Body Language where research indicates that small physical changes can make a big impact on your presence. A few “power poses” prior to an interview may be just the thing you need to build your own confidence and better exude your passion, enthusiasm, and competence in an interview.
  1. Your “Lucky Break”
    Everyone’s waiting for their lucky break, right? In reality, most successful people put in many unseen hours of hard work before they hit this point.  As the saying goes, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Tricks won’t help, if you don’t have the right experience or drive for the role. Set career goals for yourself and continuously work toward improvement, regardless of whether or not you are on the job market. Prepare for your interview by knowing your resume’ backwards and forwards. Identify specific examples in your career experience to answer common interview questions. Research the company and prepare questions for your interviewers. Be ready when a great opportunity presents itself.
  1. Stay Positive
    The job search and interview process can be daunting, so it is important to stay positive. Remember that the hiring team is rooting for your success. We want you to be the right fit for our team. We ask tough questions to ensure you have the skills or aptitude necessary to be successful. We want to determine if you are a strong cultural fit for our team. If you don’t get a “call-back,” don’t be too hard on yourself; an interview can still be a worthwhile experience. You may learn something about yourself or it could lead to consideration for future positions.

Exercising these tips won’t guarantee you the part – job – but I bet you’ll walk out feeling good for controlling what you can to present yourself in the best light.