The Value of Recording Yourself Before the Interview by zshan12345


									The Value of Recording Yourself Before the Interview
If you are like others who are serious about improving their interview skills, then you
have probably practiced answering questions that a potential employer would be
asking. My question to you, however, is have you recorded yourself in a mock
Without a doubt, the video recorder is one of the best pieces of equipment you have
for honing your skills. The ability to see and hear yourself in action is a marvelous
learning tool, especially if you can get someone to help you by asking the questions.
There is no doubt that it is easier to speak to a living, breathing person than just to
the lens of the camcorder.
Dressing for success, having a confident handshake, and being prepared for the
questions you will be asked is one thing. To actually see yourself in action may be
daunting and uncomfortable but it is the knowledge you need to better prepare
yourself for how you look and interact with others.

Recently I had a young man in my voice and presentation skills workshop who
continually moved his mouth, almost in a yawn position, before answering a
question. When he spoke, his facial expressions said anything but confident. This
young man came to me because he is looking for a job, having recently graduated
from university.
Once aware of his strange facial movements, he began to work on stopping them
and appearing more relaxed when being questioned. Yes, you will (or should) be
nervous for your interview. The employer shouldn't see it or hear it however. Your
goal is to look confident and sound confident as well.
There is no doubt that confidence is something all employers look for in candidates
they are interviewing. Luckily, you can be nervous and confident at the same time.
One actually has nothing to do with the other. When Milwaukee played Pittsburgh in
the last Super Bowl, do you not think the players were nervous? Of course they
were. It was the Super Bowl for crying out loud! They did not, however, allow their
nervousness to affect their confidence. Both teams were determined to win. Neither
went out on the field negatively affected by their nervousness.

For professional athletes, musicians, performers, actors, public speakers,
broadcasters, and those in politics, nervousness is part of the game. It is expected;
and, for the majority, it is used wisely and positively.
If you have an upcoming interview, get out your camcorder, have a friend ask you
questions, and then study the playback. Work on that which needs improvement. If
your speaking voice has issues, consider voice training. Correcting your weaknesses
before your interview is one step closer to a job.

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