June 18, 2018

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Volunteer Experience Matters During Job Interviews

Susan Boyle of Scotland stunned "Britain's Got Talent" judges on April 11, 2009 and became an Internet phenomenon. When Susan walked out on stage and started responding to lead interviewer (Simon Cowell) questions, nobody thought Susan had any talent. Susan was 47 years old, unemployed, unattractive and applying for a job she appeared to have no qualifications for. Yet she was actually very prepared, confident and knew she had the talent to succeed. Before going on stage she said "I'm going to make that audience rock"! and she did.

Susan was trying to become a professional singer. Her audition (interview) gave her the chance to prove she had the talent. Her audition, like your job interview, gives you the chance to prove you have the talent for the job.

Interviewers are judges who rapidly form opinions about your abilities. Interviewees falsely believe they have no control, but in reality, job applicants have substantial control over the interviewer's opinion. Your words, conduct and presentation are the primary factors that influence the interviewers' assessment of your talents.

What lessons can Susan Boyle teach us about job interviews?

Proof can change interviewer opinions instantly

Susan changed the opinions of 3 judges, 4,000 audience members and millions of TV viewers instantly. She accomplished this by providing compelling proof of her talent.

During your interviews, the judges (interviewers) will ask you to provide proof of your talent by asking about your previous experience. This is your opportunity to provide evidence of your talent by describing situations when you demonstrated the talents they are seeking.

To prepare to prove your talents try the following:

Prepare to perform when your future is on the line

Before Susan Boyle walked on stage, she was totally prepared to perform at her very best when the time was right. She practiced singing "I dreamed a dream" many times before she performed. She did not leave her performance to chance, luck or the skill of the judges. She was in total control of herself and delivered a stunning performance.

Practice your response to interview questions.

Volunteer Experience Matters

The only singing experience Susan had was through volunteering, singing lessons and practice. Even though she did not get paid to sing voluntarily, it provided the experience she needed to develop her talent.

Your volunteer experience may also provide proof of talents you possess that are applicable to the jobs where you are applying.

To prepare for your next interview, ask yourself the following questions:

- Michael R. Neece, CEO Interview Mastery

508-435-2647 USA

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