The big interview is approaching and you have no idea of what you need to do to prepare yourself. What do you do? While reading career-related books and articles on “how to get a job” can be a real eye-opening experience, you have yet another choice that is much more interesting than the former. That is to watch videos.
Does this sound innovative or insane? Well, not quite, as there is a pretty logical explanation behind my suggestion. These aren’t just any videos, these are TEDx Talks.
As a nonprofit organization, TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) aims to spread revolutionary ideas across a spectrum of topics. Since 1984, TED has covered a lot of important issues that society is facing and has been widely accessible to different communities around the world through the independently TEDx events. Other than spreading ideas, however, TED also attempts to challenge people’s perceptions in order to help them become better in their lives and careers. So why not take advantage of this incredibly useful material that’s freely available to you online?
The following handpicked TEDx Talks will help you with your job hunting, which offer valuable advice on how to raise your game as a jobseeker and some great tips for your next job interview. Let’s have a look.
1. Body Language: The Power is in the Palm of Your Hands
The number one factor that determines whether you are going to ace the interview or not is your body language. While what you are saying can also work to your benefit, the first thing employers notice when you walk into the interview room is your appearance and the way you carry yourself. Not only does it show just how self-assured you are but it can also determine how successful you are likely to be in persuading employers to give you the job.
As Allan Pease suggests in this TEDx talk, the secret to getting others on your side can be found right in the palm of your hands. The speaker urges you to think about where your palms are while talking to others and especially in that very first moment you meet someone and you shake hands. Within those crucial first few minutes of your encounter, you decide whether you want to accept them – and what they are saying – or reject them altogether. Well, that’s exactly how employers make their decisions.
2. How to Spot a Liar
The ability to spot a liar can be handy, not only in terms of doing well in a job interview but also in regards to figuring out whether you want to work for a specific employer. Some employers may not be entirely honest about what the job entails or perhaps they are deliberately trying to seduce you into the job without warning you about the overtime hours you will be required to work.
Likewise, in your attempt to impress employers, you might fall into your own trap of dishonesty and it can all end up backfiring. Exaggerating on your work experience and skills isn’t the right way to impress employers who are trained in spotting lies. In this TEDx talk, Pamela Meyer explains how every person is a liar and gives out some pretty useful advice to help you become a liespotter and how to identify deception.
3. Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right
Dr. Laura Sicola talks about the importance of demonstrating vocal executive presence in terms of positing yourself as a leader. Focusing on making first impressions count, Dr. Sicola argues that you need to become an expert speaker in order to sound more powerful and professional. In this video, she talks about how you can achieve that while using your voice effectively. She says that “tonality, if we use it strategically, can have a good influence on our very first impressions in attempting to establish ourselves from the moment we meet somebody”.
She argues that the statement “I am passionate about…” can’t demonstrate your passion in something simply because it lacks the evidence of that passion you are referring to. If you were to apply this in the job interview setting, it would be wise to be careful enough in choosing the right words and tone of voice to highlight certain achievements, skills and qualities. As such, the choice of words is of huge importance as this helps you communicate the message you are trying to convey and it complements to the image an employer will create around your name. At its best, words that have a big impact will set you apart from others and help you be more memorable.
But success doesn’t only come down to what you are saying and it’s not only important to say stuff just to convince others to believe what you want them to believe. You also need to sound credible. In an attempt to explain the importance of verbal and nonverbal messaging cues, Dr. Laura Sicola presents the real facts in this TEDx Talk.
4. Talk Nerdy to Me
Just like in every job interview, what you say can be either used for or against you. But the words that come out of your mouth are entirely your own responsibility. If you want to effectively communicate with employers, you just have to be able to speak their language. No more vague and generic statements; it’s time to get down to the specifics.
In the video, Melissa Marshall offers great advice especially intended for scientists and engineers, stressing the importance of highlighting their skills and revealing the science behind their special craft that’s usually unknown to the majority of the population but at the same time so powerful and full of world-changing potential.
Essentially, she suggests that, as a scientist, you need to explain what you do is important, making employers take a moment to listen to you. In order to achieve that, you need to prepare examples, stories or even analogies to back up your work, experience and skills, and show employers you are the ideal person for the job.
5. The Surprising Secret to Speaking with Confidence
Self-confidence is key to getting a lot of things done, including landing a job. That’s because you can’t talk about yourself effectively unless you believe in yourself, and you can’t promote your strengths and skills to employers if you don’t really think you possess them. Within a job interview, the lack of self-esteem will inevitably be evident in the way you carry yourself, in the way you talk, and in the way you use your hands and body.
Caroline Goyder talks about the surprising secret to speaking with confidence and the impact it can have on others. As she supports, the moment you are “on stage”, whether you are giving a presentation or preparing for an important speech, you need to bring out the most confident version of yourself to reach the power that’s within you. Goyder also shares some cool tips on how you can relax yourself when you are feeling nervous, so her advice might actually prove handy.
Within an interview, what you are trying to do is demonstrate your suitability for the job as well as your eagerness to getting it. But this is easier said than done, so I’ve prepared a list that should help you focus on the most important elements of interview success, drawing inspiration from the aforementioned TEDx talks.
Here’s what you need to remember to ensure you are always successful at job interviews:
- Practice makes perfect: Conduct your research on the company, practice common interview questions, and practice power poses.
- Start promoting yourself: Talk about yourself in detail and show how your previous experience and skills can benefit the employer.
- Use storytelling: Be honest and refer to real-life examples using the narrative approach as it is much more effective and convincing.
- Be confident: Demonstrate effectiveness and believe in your own abilities.
These five powerful talks can teach incredible life lessons which you can incorporate into your current situation in order to make the most out of it and increase your chances of success. Can you think of any other TEDx talks that might be able to help jobseekers land their next job? Let us know in the comments section below!