How to Motivate Yourself for Job Interviews

October 25th, 2010 by lewis

The key to successful job interviewing: practicing your interview stories before the actual interview. However, it’s hard to get started. Practicing interview stories is not something we do often. Here are some tips on how you can get going, inspired by Chip and Dan Heath’s recent book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard:

  • Take a small step. What’s something you can do now that would take you to your goal? For example, try practicing your response to the “Tell Me About Yourself” question. An ideal response is about 2 minutes. You only need 20 minutes to practice it 10 times.
  • Tweak your environment. How can you create opportunities to practice? For example, start a new habit; spend 20 minutes practicing your lines before you go to bed.
  • Find a buddy. Practice with someone. He or she will help you reinforce your practice.

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