Interviewing Best Practices
Lauren now has a thriving consulting business that works with her schedule. “I’m lucky to have had a really diverse life…a life that’s been full of all kinds of different experiences. And so, taking what I I’ve learned and sharing with others, hopefully it makes them more confident.
Here are her top tips for successful interviewing:
1.You need to know why you’re there.
“Why are you talking to these people? If it’s an interview for a pageant, why would they take you? You’ll be able to answer any questions they ask if you know, without a shadow of a doubt, why you’re supposed to be there. If you’re uncertain, they will know you’re uncertain. Your answers will always have a question mark at the end of them. And it will fill them with more questions as to why they should even take you.”
“If you’re in a job interview, you need to know what specific skills you’ll bring to the job. And even if it’s something simple, type it up and bring them something. If you’re coming in for an interview on a communications team or social media, make sure they know you’ve looked at it.”
2. It matters how you look.
“I know it shouldn’t, but that’s your whole job resume. That’s telling them everything about you. And if you care about yourself, you’ll care about them. They want to know that you are going to invest the time and the energy. No matter what the job is, they say dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Show them this is the kind of level of professionalism that I can bring. A job interview is not the time to experiment with makeup that you’ve never done before!”
Living in the Now
To keep her mindset on track on a daily basis, Lauren has gotten into a routine.
“One of the things that’s like routine for me is planning out meals. I love cooking. It’s relaxing, and it’s therapeutic. And I’ve recently started workouts at home and things like that, that can really make all the difference. It’s really helped my mental state a lot to make sure that is such a regular part of my routine.”
“Getting up and changing your clothes is such a big thing,” she continues. “And not just staying in sweatpants all day. Even if it is putting on yoga pants and a different sweatshirt, do that for yourself.”
When there are too many unknowns, she says she leaves it “for future Lauren to deal with.” Above all, Lauren advises, concentrate on the present. “I’m really learning to operate and not just looking for the next thing, but really enjoying life and [being] in the moment and celebrating that.”