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Aptitude Check

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How Identifying Aptitude Can Help Your Career

Don’t panic. You’re not in Home Ec and this test will not determine whether or not you get to be an astronaut.

An aptitude test is an excellent way for you to help understand yourself better. Aptitude represents the inclinations that we are genetically predisposed to. You might be a phenomenal mathematician, but you can’t wrap your brain around sentence structure. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a writer if you’re interested in writing. Differentiating ‘interests’ from ‘aptitudes’ is an important step. You can be interested in writing, but hold not natural aptitude for it.

Luckily, you get to decide what to do with your aptitudes once you are able to recognize them. This is useful if you’re looking for a career path that will bring you joy and will play into your natural abilities. Don’t know what direction to take in your life and career? Leaning into your talents might be a good way to start.

If you want a truly thorough test, you can visit centers that are specifically designed to find your aptitude. Curious to just see what it’s all about? Dip your toes into the water of aptitude testing, and take a free online test!

 

How Body Language Will Help You Get Hired

Top 10 Interview Body Language Tips

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After reading at article about the best way to use your body language in an interview, I was inspired to expand on the idea. Here are my top 10 tips when it comes to using the best possible body language when meeting with a potential employer.

1. Eye Contact. Lack of eye contact suggests lack of self confidence and timidity. This can also make the interviewer feel as though you’re not interested, or find the situation to be boring. No one wants to hire someone who is bored in the interview! Similarly, they want to employ someone with confidence enough in themselves to meet a gaze. Don’t overdo it by staring them down, but exude confidence and respect by looking them in the eye.

2. Active Listening. When your future employer is speaking, perhaps describing the job and what they’re looking for, it’s not enough to simply nod and smile. Active listening requires you to listen…and respond! This does not mean to interrupt, rather, find a point to ask further questions, or offer an anecdote relating to the conversation. This shows that you are engaged, and willing to add to the dynamic.

3. Sit Up Straight. Excessive slouching and a sloppy sitting stance do not exude confidence. No need to be militant about a 90 degree spine, but sitting in a proper manner shows that you are aware of yourself and your surroundings.

4. But, Don’t Close Off. You may be sitting up straight, but your legs are tightly crossed, as are your arms. This can communicate to an interviewer that you are nervous, closed off, or trying to hide something. Sit politely, but don’t try to turn yourself into a tiny ball. Think about how you would sit with someone you highly respected, someone whose advise you greatly want to hear. That is how you should be presenting yourself in the interview.

5. Two Hand Touch. A hand shake can often feel a little cold. A nice way to warm yourself to your potential employer, is to use your non-dominant hand in the hand shake. Sound a little odd? It’s easier than you think. If you’re shaking with your right hand, simply place your left hand on the top of their shaking hand. Your hands make a little sandwich, and theirs in the meat! Or, you can lightly place your non-shaking hand on their elbow for a brief moment during the hand shake. This may seem odd, but try it out, it is a generally endearing action (as long as it isn’t to aggressive!).

6. Use Your Voice. Practice speaking with a confident tone. Don’t raise the pitch at the end of your sentences, suggesting lack of assurance in what you’re saying. Speak as if you know exactly what you’re saying, and why you’re saying it. Also, be careful of volume. Speaking too loudly can be obnoxious, too softly will just frustrate the interviewer.

7. Mirror Check. Always pop into the bathroom, or use your car mirror, before entering the interview waiting room. If you’re in front of your interviewer, and suddenly worry that there’s something in your teeth, or your shirt has a stain, you may be far more focused on dealing with that than the situation in front of you. Just a quick look in the mirror can help you keep your confidence.

8. Relax and Smile. You might have all the right answers, but at the end of the day, people want to hire employees that they want to spend 40 hours a week with. Don’t try to be a comedian, but don’t be afraid to laugh at a joke, or offer a fun story to show off your personality. If 10 other candidates are as highly qualified, show them why having you around the office would be the best choice.

9. Don’t Fidget. Many people have nervous ticks that they don’t even realize they have in stressful situation. Maybe it’s picking your nails, scratching your beard, or wringing a tissue. Be mindful of these things and stop. Comfortably place your hands in your lap, or use them to gesticulate. No nervous picking, scratching, or wringing.

10. Smooth Exit. When the interview is over, don’t scramble to leave. Calmly gather your things, and give a respectful departing hand shake to the hiring manager, and other hiring agents in the room if it’s convenient. You don’t want to drop your papers and run out the door, leave as smoothly as you came.

Interested in trying a few of these out? Have further questions or crave a more in depth insight? Contact Resourcefully Human for  interview preparation.

Interviewing 101

The Fundamentals of a Great Interview

How To Interview

Interviewing is tough and being well-prepared can make all the difference. An interview is the opportunity for you to make the connections between your skills and the position, demonstrate your interest in the organization and give the employer the opportunity to get to know you. Remember, employers hire people, not resumes.

Let’s cover a few interviewing tips to help you succeed:

1) Be on time – Nothing sends the wrong signal to an employer when you are late. Regardless of the reason, if you are late for an initial interview, the genie is out of the bottle and it can be near impossible to put it back in. Unfamiliar with the location of your interview? Unsure about parking availability? Do some research; drive or travel to the location ahead of the interview and scope out the area. Weather? Allow time to ensure your promptness. Do not risk being late.

2) Dress appropriately – When in doubt, dress in business attire. Clean, unwrinkled tops/bottoms. Shoes shined – well coiffed. Regardless of the role – there is too much at stake for you to not be taken seriously. Recently, I had a young man get off the elevator on our floor for an interview in a track suit. I knew that instant that there was no way he was going to be offered a position at our company. He was sending the subliminal message that he was not taking things seriously, so the employer did not take him seriously, regardless of the fact that he was extremely talented.

3) Do your homework – no one expects you to be an expert on the company you are interviewing for, however, it would behoove you to at least have some elementary understanding of what the company’s business is and how they do it. Again, in doing so you are sending the message that you’ve taken the time to express to the employer you are serious. I do not recommend coming in and rattling off company financials you got off of Google. Often the interview him/herself is not even up to speed on this data and it really does not score any points with anyone you may encounter. Just express a general knowledge of the business, and the position that you are applying for.

These are three basic tips that will help you impress any future employer. If you’re looking for a more in-depth look into how you can give the best interview possible, contact me for a consultation.