So Apparently my list of 101 Mingle Tips has not solved all of the dating and social skills problems in the world. There are still a lot of lonely, poorly mannered, and socially uncomfortable people out there. So here I am. Back with more tips for you. (*New info in blue italics)
I have decided to give updates and new information on each of my original 101 Tips For Social Success With Class.
You can find the updates in blue italics at the end of the original post at the bottom of this page. Happy mingling!
You may be surprised to find out that a lot of dating advice can also be helpful in job interviews. Here are a few tips for being comfortable and confident in an interview. Give yourself your best chance for success!
(1) Be unemotional. Being overanxious to look peppy and positive can backfire. Keep your emotions in check.
(2) Don't be a try-hard. Don't try too hard to be impressive. Be authentic. Sell your strong points, sure, but let them hire or not hire the real you. Nobody likes a "try-hard", even potential employers.
(3) Don't fear rejection. Give it your best shot and see what happens. Let the chips fall where they may. This is not the only job in the world.
(4) Make eye contact with everyone. One of the worst body language mistakes that people make is to look down too much. Make eye contact, but be sure to break it every now and then so you don't look like a weirdo.
(5) Don't lie. Even if we ignore the moral obligation to tell the truth, there are still problems that lying can cause. Yes, lying may help you in the short term. If you get caught, though, it makes you look like an idiot. Not to mention the effort it takes to sustain the lies you tell.
(6) Have a little swagger. A little confidence is good. Just don't feel the need to overdo it or force it. Believe in yourself.
Sometimes it is possible that even when you successfully pull off all of these suggestions during your interview that you still may not get the job. Just like in dating, maybe that one wasn't the best fit for you anyway. Keep looking.
UPDATE: (7) Follow up. A lot of times in a job interview, there may not be all that much separating qualified candidates. So do what you can to show that you have a little more class than the average person. No matter how you feel like the interview went, it always looks good to follow up. Send an email, make a call, or even send a written thank you note to show your appreciation for the opportunity to interview for the position. Going above and beyond to show class is always a good idea.
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