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February 17, 2010

Think Before You Speak

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When participating in an Interview, make sure you know what you’re going to say.  This doesn’t mean that you ask the Interviewer for a list of questions.  It doesn’t mean that you prepare your answers ahead of time.  It doesn’t mean that you read from a prepared script written down ahead of time.

When an individual gives an interview, there are certain steps that one must follows for that Interview’s success.

1.  Be Prepared.  That means think about what you might discuss and how you’re going to answer that particular question.  Will you use a story and make it relatable to the Interviewer and the audience?  Will you tell a funny joke or story that will introduce you to the Interviewer and the audience so they’ll know what to expect.  Will you use 3 by 5 cards and study them before opening your mouth and speaking.

Being Prepared means all of those things plus the fact that you’ll think about what you’re going to say before saying it.  In an audio or telephone interview, what you say can’t be taken back.  The damage is done.  Make sure that your language remains clean.  No curse words.  No cheap shots.  No racial remarks or slurs.  No allusions to someone and their subsequent faux pas.  The interview is about you and your activities.  Keep it that way.

2.  Practice.  Many guests who I interview on the radio station tell me they’ve never been interviewed before.  What should they do?  Practice makes perfect.  Ever hear of that one?  It’s been with our culture for time immemorial.  Practice what you’re going to say.  Not the exact words every time.  Believe me, your audience will know whether you’re talking off the cuff or reading from a prepared script.  The audience won’t stick around and listen to the rest of the interview.  If they want you to read from a prepared script, then you wouldn’t be doing an Interview.  An interview, by definition, is an exchange of information between two people.

3.  Listen to how your speak.  Does your voice rise at the end of the sentence.  Listen to how teenagers talk.  They answer with a statement that ends in a question mark.  Don’t do that.  Make a statement a statement.  You might want to preface it.  For example:  According to my previous business experiences, Statistics show that _____ fill in the blank or According to research by Dr. Blah Blah, they discovered.  And, off you go.  Make sure that your voice tone remains even.  Emotions rule the day.  The audience will know whether you’re speaking in anger, jest, disgust, prejudice, hate.  It’s in there.  Your voice tone will tell the audience exactly what you’re feeling so Interviewee beware.

This also applies to Interviewers who are asking you the questions.  Listen to their tonal pitch.  What are they telling you?  Are they bored?  Are they on the attack?  Are they biasing the audience against you because what you say they don’t want to hear. 

Let’s go back to Sarah Palin’s interviews.  Did you stick around and listen to the entire interview?  As you listened, what kind of emotions did Ms. Palin display.  What kinds of emotions was her Interviewer displaying as well.  Did you feel comfortable listening to either one of them.  Were you motivated to sit through additional media interviews with Ms. Palin?  If you did, think about why you did.  If you didn’t, think about why you didn’t, and then be honest with yourself. 

Your voice tones are your body language to the audience and to the Interviewer.  The tone tells them what’s going on inside of you and your head.

4.  Make sure your answers are organized.  Remember in grade school how you were taught how to set up a written topic?  Introduction – Body – Ending.  The Body was supported with stats, quotes, and other material supporting your statements about that particular subject. 

An Interview should do the same thing.  When an Interviewer first asks you a question, they’re putting you at ease.  What I call, a get comfortable question.  It doesn’t strain you to answer it.  It’s usually about the weather, pets, kids, spouses, easy things like that to set the mood of the Interview.  The next few questions takes the Interviewee from ease to more specific and detailed answers about their experise, passion, gift, talent, whatever they’re being interviewed for or about.  The ending of the Interview is usually wrapped up by the Interviewer asking for contact information, brag rights, or other information that the audience needs to know in case they want to contact you.

Make sure that whatever kind of interview you’re going to have or participate in that you have this type of organized game plan.  It will prevent you from doing foolish things like Ms. Winfrey did during an interview she had with a NFL footplayer player.  It will prevent you from saying something that you didn’t mean to say.  In many of my Interviews when the guest has disclosed information not meant for the interview, they tell me later that I put them at ease and make them so comfortable that they forget where they are, who they are talking to, and who is listening.

Make sure that you never forget where you are, what you’re saying, and whom is listening.  The consequences of forgetting is often deadly to your reputation, another invitation for coming back for a second interview or the audience going out and buying your products, books, or services.

Always, copnnect your brain to your lips.  Always, plan out what you think you’ll say during that interview.  There are no second chances.  Even an edit won’t save you.  Most radio interviews are done live.  Phone interviews may be pre-recorded, but you still must do a live recording to get that pre-recording.

Remember, he/she who thinks before they speak will often get asked back to speak some more!

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February 12, 2010

Succinct Verbiage

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The other day I interviewed a first time author.  In his email, he apologized for his answers which he termed vague and too long.  I have received other emails from guests who often apology for not answering the interview question directly or worse keep repeating the same thing, but saying it with different words.  To avoid this type of scene, Lillian’s Interview Alley, provides the Interviewee with some tips that might help them stay out of trouble.

1.  Keep your sentences short.  Organize your thoughts before speaking and address that particular question and nothing else.

2.  Be specific.  When answering the Interviewer’s questions, answer that question with details that your audience can identify with and see in their mind’s eye.  For example, Donald Broughton, an analyst for Avondale, Partners, LLC, was asked about competing railroad stocks.  His answer was succinct, identifiable, and memorable.  “It’s one thing if you steal dirt from my front yard, and it’s another if you break into my house and take my sterling silver.  For six quarters, Union Pacific’s been walking around Burlington Northern’s house and taking as much silver, jewels and flat-screen TV’s they can get their hands on.” 

3.  Express an opinion.  When an Interviewer asks for your opinion during an Interview, don’t back off or shy away from the question.  Answer honestly and objectively.  Michele Obama was asked repeatedly during an interview about her feelings about Sarah Palin.  She expressed her opinion by stating that if she didn’t know someone, then it was impossible for her to say something about her.  While Ms. Obama didn’t actually express an opinion, she didn’t refuse or deviate away from the Interviewer’s question.  She did make it known in her opinion that unless you knew someone, you shouldn’t say anything at all.  Like I always am reminded. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  But, you’re still expressing an opinion. 

4.  Repeat certain words.  When the Interviewee wants to emphasize a certain word, make sure you repeat it.  It’s been demonstrated that it takes seven times.  Take advantage of that rule and make that word, sentence, or phrase stand out and resonate with the listening audience.

5.  Make a comparison with a well-known someone or something that your listeners can identify with.   For example, when I was interviewed recently, the Interviewer made a comparison between my multi-cultural paranormal mystery book with Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and a teenage Indian Jones.

6.  Speak in metaphors.  For example when Warren Buffett was asked in a media interview if he planned on selling his stocks of Kraft Foods, he replied, “That gets expensive.  If I don’t like what’s going on in government, it doesn’t mean I have to leave the country.”

It’s important for Interviewees to understand that today’s listening and viewing audience are spoiled.  The demand instant gratification when hearing people speak.  If the audience feels that the Interviewee is inadequate or a fake, they won’t stick around to listen to the full interview.

When I interview guests on PIVTR, they’re given a full thirty minutes of live questions.  However, when I go and check my stats the next day, it’s only a handful of people that have the average listener stick around for the full 100% of the 30 minute program.  Most stats range from four percent to 80 percent. 

Remember when you give an interview that your language, your words, your tone of voice convey a message that’s being heard by an audience that’s impatient to hear what you have to say, how you say it and whether it’s going to make a difference in their lives.

February 10, 2010

Administrative Interview

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Finding a job these days is daunting.  However, many people who apply for administrative positions tell me that they find Interviewing even more daunting.  It’s not just you’ve got the one interview and you’re either in or out.  Now, you’ve got to go through a series of interviews before even arriving at the employer to get that interview with personnel.

How does one navigate the alley of administrative interviews without losing their cool or lose sight of the objective?  First of all, let’s define administrative.  Administrative is the support personnel who help managers and higher level administrators get their work done well.  This includes administrative assistants, secretary (all levels), clerks (all levels), and receptionists.

Although considered the lower part of the administrative system, these people are the ones who carry the bulk of the work for the office.  I’ve heard from industry, companies and employment agencies across the board that the pool of available, knowledgable, and experienced administrative personnel aren’t available.  To avoid losing valuable time, these organizations have devised a gauntlet of interviews that each possible candidate must pass before moving on to the next interview.

The first step is defined as the “telephone” interview.  This interview is scheduled for a certain time on a certain day and may last five to 30 minutes depending on what the Interviewer wants to know about the candidate.  This may include personal information.  Take heart, by law, there are certain personal questions that these Interviewers are no longer able to ask you outright like: are you married?  are you planning on starting a family? are you over 50?  do you have a car? take public transport? smoke? drink?

I call this type of Interview, “welcome to my reality.”  It means that they’re forming an opinion about you via the telephone.  If you can answer their few questions, it will tell them whether or not you’re the ideal candidate for the position and whether you merit a second look.  Based on this “intro” conversation, a few suggestions.  Speak slowly and enunciate your words.  Think before you speak.  Make sure your answer the question head on.  Be brief.  Don’t volunteer information.  This telephone interview is a ‘fact finder’ for the Interviewer.  They want to make sure that you can answer in a positive fashion without running off at the mouth.  Once the interview is finished, thank them.  Wait until they put the phone down first, and then  disconnect or place the receiver in the hook. 

Once the candidate passes this first hurdle, the second interview may be another phone interview or you might be invited to meet the PR person at the office.  Find out first what you should bring with you to the interview:  Resume and Recommendations (junior secretaries, receptionists and clerks).  Be forewarned that  Personnel will call your former company and verify why you left.  Make sure you have a designated person  to handle this.  Leave your attitude outside the door.  Be positive.

Depending on the vacancy you’re applying for, the interview might include: typing tests, shorthand, math tests, spelling, grammar, and different types of computer software: word, Word Perfect, excel, quicken to name a few.  Each interview allows the Interviewer the opportunity to study how you present yourself to them.  How you modulate your voice tone.  How you answer questions.  What types of questions you might have.  Remember that the interviewer has a list of people he’s going to interview Before and After you leave their office.  Make sure you say or present yourself in such a manner that it distinguishes you from the rest of the herd.

When an Interviewer tells you about the position, listen to what they’ve got to say.  Frame your answer around the question.  You might want to add that extra internship you did last summer or that you ran your former bosses office while he was away in the National Guard for an eleven month tour of duty.  Make sure that you let the Interviewer know what you did that lifts you head and shoulders above the competition.  Make sure your voice tone remains even.  If you feel that they ask a question you consider personal, answer to the best of your ability.  Keep yourself from fidgeting.  Keep your hands in your lap.  Smile.  Keep direct eye contact.  Don’t get mad.  Don’t let your lips loose.  Remember those celebrity interviews I posted on Tuesday?  Well?  The last thing you want is a potential company to remember is how you acted during or even after the interview.

Interviews are revealing demonstrations on how well a person acts and reacts to a set of questions–any questions.  If you’re not sure whether you can handle those types of questions, practice with your spouse.  Make up a list of questions and try answering them without whining, crying, screaming, yelling or walking out of the room.  Practice your entrance into an office.  Practice leaving an office.  Remember to pick up your purse, pocketbook, briefcase, coat and hat.  If offered coffee, tea, or soda, accept it and leave it on the desk.  Remember, the Interviewer is just as anxious as you are.  They don’t know what to expect.  Telephone interviews don’t always prepare them for the strangers that come walking through that door.

Administrative interviews determine who is the best candidate for the job.  You can go through a series of them or have just one.  You might get the job.  Then again, you might not.  A piece of advice I found in the alley.  Don’t bad mouth the company that interviewed you.  It’s a small world.  Word gets around.  You might find yourself blacklisted as an ‘unwelcomed’ candidate.

February 9, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Interview – What Went Wrong?

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Everybody remembers that first interview that Sarah Palin had with ABC’s Anchor, Mr. Gibson.  Many viewers were embarassed by Ms. Palin’s political naivety and her lack of history past and present.  However, the point of this interview is to highlight what went wrong during the interview so that you, the reader, may learn how to conduct your first political interview without suffering the consequences that Ms. Palin suffered.

As you’re probably aware of, there are two sides to every interview, the Interviewer and the Interviewee.  When I researched Sarah Palin’s transcript for that first interview, I learned a few things that weren’t mentioned or aired that first time with Mr. Gibson. 

Editing is a powerful tool that’s often left to the discretion of the Interviewer and the organization or company he’s representing.  When guests do audio or video interviews, the temptation is there for the Interviewer to go back and take out those parts of the interview that they feel aren’t note worthy or worse, change the tone, attitude, and feel of the interview.  What do I mean by Feel?  Attitude?  Tone?

According to the information I researched, it’s implied that the interview with Sarah Palin was edited to make her look worse rather than good.  Key words, phrases and entire sentences were left out so that Mr. Gibson and his employer could manipulate the interview to their advantage.

When and if this happens to you here are some suggestions that might turn that interview around for you.
Check out the Interviewer’s tone.  An Interviewer’s tone conveys a person’s audio language.  Like body language, the tone of an Interviewer can impart seriousness, looking down upon, humor, anger, questioning, to name a few.  In Mr. Gibson’s tone, he suggested a seriousness coupled with talking down to Ms. Palin. 
An Interview also controls how the interview is going, where the interview is going by the types of questions asked, and how the inner conviction or belief that the Interviewee knows what they’re talking about.  Feel, Tone, Attitude. 

Check and see whether the Interviewer was hand-picked to interview you.  Mr. Gibson was hand-picked to interview Sarah Palin.  That’s fine.  Larry King interviews celebrities and well-known persons as well.  However, make sure that the person who does interview you does his homework.  They should pick up the phone and introduce themselves to you.  They should request a bio, resume, articles you’ve might have written.  In other words, they should get to know you, what you represent, where you stand, etc.   A good Interviewer doesn’t do interviews on the sly.  They need information to make their questions count and to ask the right questions.

For your part, the Interviewee should come prepared to any and all interviews.  You should find out a little bit about the Interviewer.  Listen to previous podcasts, tapes, or view videos.  Study how these Interviewers ask their questions.  Are they current with political, economic, and/or social culture?  What about the Interviewer’s style.  Do they use Attack questions?  Do they target your expertise or do they wander a bit.  Do these Interviewers have a Game Plan which includes you the Interviewee or will they toot their own horn?.

That’s your first step.  Your second step.  If you’re nervous while speaking publically, sit down and think about what you want your audience to learn from you and about you.  Plan how you want to Deliver the answers to the questions asked. 

When I was in college, passing exams were next to impossible.  I never knew what to study or what to memorize.  A college professor finally pulled me aside one day, and told me what I needed to study.  It was the questions at the book of each chapter.  If I did that with all of my courses, chances were I would pass. 
Funny thing, the professor was right.  My exam scores went up to C’s and an occasional B.

The purpose of this story is to ask the Interviewer to send you a list of ten or twenty questions that they might ask you.  That way, you can do your homework or research and prepare the answers ahead of time.  That way, you’ll sound like you know what you’re talking about.  You’ll come off as an expert or at least, someone who took the time to prepare for this upcoming interview.

The third step is all important.  Practice!  Practice!  Practice!  If you’re a nervous type (I am), I practice in front of the mirror asking myself questions.  Grab your spouse or kids or good friends.  Have them sit and then ask them to ask questions.  Use a recorder to record how you answer their questions.  Listen to your voice tone.  Does it sound convincing or hesitant?  Listen to your words?  Are they convincing or weak?
Listen to how you answer their questions?  Defensive?  Knowledgable?  Positive? Angry?  If you’re using video, take a look at your  Body Language.  What are you saying?  Are you looking straight at the Interviewer and not at the camera?  Are you smiling?  What are your hands doing?  Clasped in your lap or waving in the breeze?  Are your legs crossed in that short skirt?  As an Interviewee, you must be aware of your Voice and Body at all times.  Are you dressed appropriately for that interview?

Make sure you understand the type of Interview that you’re going to participate in.  There are all types of interviews.  Where they begin, lead to and end does determine whether your listening audience shows a future interest in you or not. 

Things to do before the interview are: homework and research, proper attire, 3 by 5 cards with key phrases written down, practice answering, and enunciate your words.

Things do to during the interview are: speak clearly and slowly, think before you speak, keep your voice even, watch your language (keep out you know, like uhm, ahh, and, the current slang like “shut up.”), keep your answers brief and to the point, and stay in control of the interview.

I’m not sure how prepared Sarah Palin was for her first interview.  I only know by what I saw on the television set.  After that interview, I wasn’t impressed with her performance.  However when I read the entire transcript of her interview, I realized that Ms. Palin did deliver a good interview IF that original transcript was shown in its entirety.

You, too, can deliver a good interview whether it’s political, economic, writing, or music.  However understand this because of a poor interview with Mr. Gibson, the residue of that media interview haunted Ms. Palin throughout the entire election.  Interviews are a matter of life and death.  Delivered the wrong way, an interview can change a viewer’s or listener’s perception of that particular person and what they stand for.

The next time you’re asked for an interview, remember this golden rule.  “Come Prepared!” 

Tomorrow’s column will discuss employment interviews with the Administrative side of work: secretaries, receptionists, clerks, and those people whom organizations, foundations, and companies depend upon to get the work out in a professional manner.

February 8, 2010

What You Didn’t See in the Interview

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Here’s another take on celebrity interviews.  It helps when an interview takes places via video.  That way, you can do a lot more editing (or cutting) when something offensive crops up.  Here in Lillian’s Interview Alley, there’s all types of interviews left in the alley.  Check out this latest celebrity blow-up between two comedic anchor-men.

‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart and Fox’s kingpin Bill O’Reilly exchanged some good-natured shots last Wednesday during Stewart’s appearance on a network he relishes mocking – but it looks like the audience only saw the tip of the iceberg. Sites like Gawker allege that edits made to create the aired version of the interview were strategically executed to cast Stewart in a bad light.

FOX posted an unedited video of the entire interview online, and O’Reilly insists, “Some of these idiots in the press who hate us, [saying] ‘O’Reilly cut the interview to make Stewart look’ – OK, all of that is bull. It’s a fair cut. And then when you watch the cut and watch the whole interview you’ll see it.” But were Stewart’s most persuasive points scrubbed out of the televised segment?

Some have argued that Stewart’s appearance was stripped down to contain only his weaker jokes and incomplete arguments. One of the pieces missing, Gawker complains, is a “cogent analysis” of FOXNews’ news gathering techniques. In the full interview, Stewart accused the network of introducing GOP talking points during ‘Fox and Friends’ – then reintroducing them later as viral hot topics during more hard-hitting news segments.

One of Stewart’s more cutting lines was also edited out of the aired version. The comedian told O’Reilly that he disagrees with FOXNews host Neil Cavuto’s practice of suggesting that President Obama is a Stalinist: “I know what this is. I come from Jersey – it’s the same thing: ‘I’m not saying your mother’s a whore. I’m just saying she has sex for money. With people.’ FOXNews used to be all about, you don’t criticize a president during wartime. It’s unacceptable, it’s treasonous, it gives aid and comfort to the enemy. All of a sudden, for some reason you can run out there and say, ‘Barack Obama is destroying the fabric of this country.'”

In the full interview, Stewart and O’Reilly actually discuss the practice of editing discourse, with O’Reilly accusing the ‘Daily Show’ host of “taking a clip, cutting it up, and making someone look like an idiot.” He says that Stewart used a clip of O’Reilly “criticizing the Bush protesters, but you didn’t use the whole clip.” O’Reilly’s edit, Gawker suggests, didn’t “unfairly present Stewart – it just deliberately removed his most effective arguments.”

Stewart and O’Reilly have made appearances on each other’s shows; this was Stewart’s first time visiting O’Reilly since 2004. O’Reilly has appeared three times on ‘The Daily Show,’ most recently in November 2008. O’Reilly once made enemies at Comedy Central by calling Stewart’s audience primarily “stoned slackers” – on Wednesday, the FOXNews host amended it to “stoned slackers who love Obama.”

The much-hyped – and relatively cordial – war of words was aired on FOX in two parts. In the first aired segment, Stewart landed a zinger, telling O’Reilly that the “no spin zone” ringleader had become the voice of sanity on his network – although, Stewart added, “that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp.”

As you can see, there are no holds bar during an interview.

Stay tuned.

Tomorrow’s posting will deal with Sarah Palin’s first political interview by the media.  Remember that one?  Tell me if you think she’s improved any since that first one.  We’ll go through the interview point by point or sinker by sinker.

C’ya then!

Celebrity Interviews

While promoting his new film ‘Edge of Darkness’ this week, Mel Gibson called one reporter an “a**hole” after he was asked to answer questions about his notorious drunken, anti-semitic tirade. Then, Gibson had a repeat outburt less than a week later when KTLA Los Angeles reporter Sam Rubin asked if his absence from the big screen had anything to do with his DUI arrest. Cue angry flip out.

Of course, Gibson isn’t the only star to have a verbal throw down with reporters. When it comes to interviews, some celebrities get defensive and instead of pleading the fifth, they go on a tirade instead. 

In case you missed it, Gibson became furious with two different reporters (from different networks) while promoting his latest flick. Gibson angrliy responded to interview questions once the focus turned to the touchy subject regarding his 2006 DUI arrest and his drunken tirade.
During ‘The Today Show,’ Matt Lauer asked Tom Cruise what he thought about Brooke Shields promoting medication to deal with postpartum depression. The tension quickly built, and Cruise grew testy debating the terrible side effects of antidepressants. (Scientology forbids the use of all psychiatric drugs.) As the debate got more heated, Cruise barely let Lauer have a word in. Then when Lauer asked Cruise how he could get more people to understand Scientology, Cruise responded, clearly angry, “You just communicate about it,” Cruise said. “If I want to know something, I go and find out. Because I don’t talk about things that I don’t understand.”

On May 19, 1999, daytime TV talk show host Rosie O’Donnell ambushed actor Tom Selleck for his support of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and demanded that he justify the freedom to buy assault weapons. Selleck found himself defending gun ownership, and after a long heated debate, Selleck finally added, “I didn’t come onto your show to have a debate. I came here to promote a movie… It’s your show, and you can talk about it after I leave.”
Prior to Mike Tyson’s fight against Francois Botha in 1999, reporter Russ Salzberg cut Tyson’s interview short when the boxer wouldn’t moderate his language. “Mike, uh, Francois Botha, 6-to-1 underdog. Are there any concerns on your part?” Salzberg starts the interview. Mike Tyson responds, “Uh, I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know nothing about the the numbers. I just know what I can do… I’m gonna kill this…” Cue f-bombs.

Calling in via satellite to promote ‘Kill Bill,’ Quentin Tarantino wasn’t too happy when one movie reviewer kept questioning the violence in his films. Tarantino explodes, “Because it is so much fun… You’re talking about real life. I’m talking about movie.” he says. Later he adds, “I didn’t make this movie for you.” The argument quickly turns hostile and sarcastic.

As stated in my Introduction to Lillian’s Interview Alley, all types of things lurk in an alley.  As our celebrities constantly remind us, an interview can become a very “sticky wicket.”

Your interview doesn’t have to end up like the celebrities.  Find out how to handle your interviews without expletives, anger, and/or “them is fighting words” mentality by visiting Lillian’s Interview Alley regularly.

 
 

 

February 7, 2010

Introduction to Lillian’s Interview Alley

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            Lillian Cauldwell, author, playwright and Internet talk radio interviewer has created a blog for people who want to learn and take their ‘interview skills’ to the next level.  I call it ‘Interview Alley’ because a person can find all types of stuff in an alley.

            Lillian’s Interview Alley is a journey for authors, speakers, students, professors, journalists and others learning the finer points of interviewing and how to have a good interview.   What makes a good interview?

            First, we need to define interview.  An interview is an exchange of ideas, opinions and words between two and more people.  Since interviews can take any place anywhere, the person interviewed should be prepared to answer any and all questions that might get asked during that interview.

            Some people may go through several stages of an interview.  Interviews can be done via a phone line, a video conference line, in person, in an office, a bookstore, on site, on television, or even in a jail house.  Interviews are a part of person’s life whether in business, personal or even spiritual.  Interviews can happen planned or unplanned.  Like the proverbial Girl Scout, Be prepared. 

            What will you find in an Interview Alley?   

            Interviewer’s voice tone.

            Phrasing the question.  Is it adversarial, confrontation, serious, playful, funny, strange, weird?

            Not answering or evading the question

            Aiming question back at interviewer.

            Change the direction of the interview.

            Handling an interview may result in anger, fright, embarrassment, humiliation.  You might leave and walk out, slam the phone down, or use an expletive.

            Treating an interview as serious, playful, arrogant, egostistical, frustrated, or annoyed.

            Expertise ignored, rejected, or dismissed.

            Interview questions can range from the sublime to the ridiculous.  What’s an interviewee’s job?

           Come prepared:  Notes written on a 3 by 5 card.  Re-read the book the night before.  Prepared short answers.  Don’t volunteer additional information unless you’re asked for it.

            Interviews are a fact of life.  Some may determine job loss or job hiring,  books promoted or books ignored, products and services successful or failed.  Like swinging doors, Interviews help a person get to their final destination.  Remember, you determine whether or not that particular interview succeeds or fails.

            Let Lillian’s Interview Alley help you achieve that success!

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