You got invited to a job interview? Congratulations! Your application convinced the company that you are one of the possible top candidates for the free position. What you need to do now, is giving them your best self in the interview to score the job. In the previous blogs, we already hinted on a checklist on how to prepare for the interview and what to wear to succeed. Now it's time to consider on how to answer and present yourself. We keep it short - these points won’t need any more explication. The interview is the moment to show them what you got. You’ll need to be self-confident and sell yourself as the best possible employee for the job. So, no questions asked - this is how you do it!
The body language
The interview is not only about the things you say, but also the ones you express with your gestures. Needless to say, it's all about showing your self-confidence and openness - two things which are transfered by body language. That's why:
When you enter, smile, search eye contact and greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake
All the time, try to hold (natural) eye contact, without starring - if there is more than one interviewer, switch between the different persons without rushing it
Same for a slight smile - keep a friendly and self-confident look all the time
Control your posture - sit up straight, but not stiff - it's about an open body language
Don’t cross your arms before your chest. Better: Keep them relaxed in your lap
How to speak
Similar to your body language, how you answer will tell your interviewer a lot about yourself. Of course, what you say is giving away essential information, but so is the way you speak. It is important to
Avoid slang and pause words
Speak clearly and in a moderate volume
Talk in whole sentences, even when a yes or no questions comes up - the details in your answer will stand out from the ones of your competitors
Your answers to make the best impression
Now we reach the main part of your interview - the content of your answers. Keep in mind that your answers aren't only for impressing your dream employee. It's also your chance to figure out whether the job fits you. Please, be honest in your answers - if you need to conceal your true thoughts on too many occasions, the job and the company are not the right one for you. Furthermore,
According to Andy Gugenheimer, Headhunter for the Sports Industry and CEO of Sportyjob, your skills and individual performance is what the company wants to see in an interview. Nevertheless, the possibility to integrate individuals in a team is - especially in the sports industry - a very important factor to be hired. Even when you bring amazing skills on your own - if you aren't a team player, you probably won't get a chance to prove yourself. By using "us" and "we" when answerings specific questions about possible projects and tasks, instead of "I", you'll express your will to work in a team.
Answer the questions in the best possible way by showing a) the information you collected before about what you know about the company b) the skills, experience and strengths you can bring into the company
Don’t push it though - no need to show off, try to be self-confident, but natural
Show enthusiasms and passion for the job
Avoid asking too much about possible benefits - it’s ok to talk about salary and other labour conditions though, but wait until your interviewers will bring up the topic
Avoid talking about your former employer or colleagues in a negative way - they will conclude that you might talk about them the same way
Ask the questions you prepared or ones that haven’t been answered by the interview
At the end, thank the interviewers for their time and tell them you’re interested in the job - the interview is meant for both sides to figure out if the job fits, so be open about your conclusion
Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t make it out of the office or not even away from the desk in our lunch break. We chew on our sandwich while checking the 35 mails we didn’t answer yet or make a quick visit to the cafeteria so we’ll be back to work asap! Our society seems to be obsessed with work, feeling the pressure to push our limits every day. We spend most of our time per day for our jobs, so it’s especially important to use your break exactly what it’s meant for: For taking a break. (Pretty obvious.) Not only will it increase your well-being, but also your creativity and productivity in the following hours by refreshing your concentration. As a result, you’ll be able to accomplish so much more with a decreased stress level. Just to make it clear: What we’re talking about is getting out, not scrolling through your favorite memes, get stuck on your Facebook news feed or dream away of what you could be doing instead. Leave your computer behind and…
Let’s get out of the office
Seriously. That’s the biggest step. No matter what you do, just change your surroundings, even if it will be only for half an hour. Take a walk or make a bike tour - fresh air and a little wind will free your mind from work. When your job happens to be in a big town like paris or munich, find a little green: A park or the suburbs. Imagine seeing a different color than grey - isn’t it nice? The best of your little adventure will be the benefits for your mental and physical health. People keep talking about desk yoga when actually a walk in the lunch break keeps you fit and healthy easily.
Learn some new skills
You know how long it takes to learn a new language? Only five minutes per day. After a hard day of work you might not have the power to do so in the evening. Take the time in your lunch break instead - there are great apps for learning spanish, french and even business english. Or oldschool: Grab a book and take a seat in your favorite café or visit the library. If you’re not in the mood for theory - especially when sitting on a desk all day - what about cooking, fitness, photography classes? There’s plenty of options! Not only will it be a lot of fun, but will bring you to your next level - and maybe even your job when your skills come in handy. Also, they will give you more self confidence for the next talk about raise!
Work out, do sports, improve your health
A walk or a bike tour is one way to stay fit in your lunchbreak. But seriously, you can push this even more! Take an hour to improve your fitness. Sports increase your health - physically and mentally. If there’s a gym around the corner, work out. Not your thing? Many cities offer great yoga and meditation classes at lunch time - so employees can take part. Also, they focus on concentration and your back which is stressed by sitting so much. If you are happy enough to work near the ocean, go swimming or surfing - a wipe out clears your head much better than any meditation ever could.
Meet with friends & strangers
Grab a coffee with friends or even people you don’t know that well yet instead of your office colleagues. It will keep your head away from work during your lunch time. It might even inspire your for later tasks, no matter if you catch up with old friends or new ones. Your personal life is a big factor of happiness. We are social, even if we only need one or two people in our lifes, so socialise. You see - use your time wisely. It will help you to re-energize.
How do you find a job that you love? While for some it may seem as easy as 1,2,3 for around 80% of the people it’s hard to figure out what their dream profession is. So it was for me and often enough I discovered myself feeling lost in my job. Especially sitting in an office where everybody seemed to have found their role (today I know it’s just that a lot of my co-workers never reflected on WHY they are doing their job. They didn’t find their role, they just never looked). It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this is different in the sports sector: For many it is their dream being a part of their favorite brand, their sports club or being able to deal with their favorite sports every day. Sport enthusiasts are often driven by passion, by spirit! Once they made the step to be hired by a sports company, they stay and put their whole heart in it. Why? Because they love it. Of course, there is more to it than just being a sport addict. In the inspiring Ted Talk of Scott Dinsmore „How to find work you love“ he explains how to find a job that is meaningful and fulfilling. He broke it down to three steps which are based on learning about yourself and becoming a „self-expert“. Oh, and if you listen closely, you’ll see it’s mostly about figuring out what you care for - and then just do it.
Step One: Find your Unique Strengths
The first move to make is about finding your unique strengths. He doesn’t talk about the hard skills you learned in university, but about the things that you love doing. Things that other people recognize you for, ask you for advice on. Everyone has them.
Step Two: Figure out your Values
Values and morales are one of the great influences that make you who you are. No matter if you learned them through traditions and education or figured them out by your own experiences. They shape your character. Furthermore, it’s your values that influence every single decision you will ever make. These values are the treasures you have to keep. It can be hard, but grab ahold of them.
Step Three: Reflect on your Experiences
The third and last factor that shapes who you are. Experiences show you what to do or what to avoid. If you manage to reflect on every experience you make and stay open to new ones, you’ll figure out more about your own self every day. Every experience can be applied on your life, they make the fractions of your legend.
A new path will lead to new surroundings
With these steps accomplished, you’ll be able to identify yourself and the things that make you happy or that you burn for. Things you weren’t able to see before even if they were as subtle as a baseball in the face. What you’ll also notice when you are more self-aware is how people around you handle their career - and whether or not they live it to the fullest. As a result, you’ll see people differently and thus, surround yourself with other people. An important step! The best way to push your limits is to surround yourself with passionate people who inspire you. Or like Scott puts it:“You can either hang around the people who tell you it can't be done and tell you you're stupid for trying, or surround yourself with the people who inspire possibility.“
Get inspired: The Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore
So, learn how to find work that you love and that makes you happy in this motivational Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore below.
Live your legend: A litte about Scott’s Project
Maybe you have heard about it before, you definitely will after you watched Scott Dinsmore’s Ted Talk. He is the founder of Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion. Needless to say, live your legend is not only a community, it’s a revolution of society in regards of work. Scott Dinsmore is confident that doing a job that is your legend, changes the person you are and as a side effect, also changes the people around you. As you read above, the people surrounding you have a big impact on your life and your progression. Why shouldn't it be digital surroundings as well? Especially if you are an entrepreneur in your field or try something no one ever did before, it can be hard finding inspiration in your close circle of friends. The Blog and tools of this community support your path and ease it. Sadly, Scott passed away 2016. He made it to be known as not only his, but after all our legend. RIP Scott Dinsmore. Thank you.