Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves, oh my! With Halloween on the horizon we’re covering topics that may get you spooked just by the thought of them. Interviews are a common fear, particularly after being rejected. The same goes for office conflicts, resolutions, and confrontations. This month we’re covering how to ace your interview to get the position you want and how to resolve in-office conflicts. Say goodbye to the office scaries and check out what we have for you!

It’s Never Too Late to be What You Might Have Been

Regardless of how experienced you are, interviews can be nerve racking. The worst is when you continually attend them but don’t get a call back, can you agree? Questions like “am I not qualified enough” or “are my interview skills lacking” may begin to appear in the back of your mind. Now, let’s rationalize these thoughts.  You did get the initial call for the interview, therefore you know you look good on paper!  Not getting the position after the interview would mean that the interview probably didn’t live up to expectations. We have some advice that will help you lock in the position you want. Check them out!

Improvement Begins With I

Before you start practicing for your make or break moment, you need to know what direction to take. Decide what gives you the jitters when thinking about an interview and proceed to work on it. This could be anything; body language, eye contact, or even a specific question. The possibilities of what to work on are endless. After all, practice does make perfect.

Choose a Buddy

It’s more complicated to practice alone, so recruit a trusty pal to practice with! The downside of prepping alone is that you may be making common interview and etiquette mistakes that you’re not even aware of. It’s normal, we all do it. Running a mock interview with a partner helps to bring any previously unnoticed weaknesses to the surface. However, don’t choose a friend that’ll spare your feelings by constantly saying you’re doing everything perfectly right off the bat. There’s always room for improvement. You’re choosing them to help you improve on your skills, not inflate your ego.

Own Who You Are

Practice talking about yourself! One of the most common talking points in an interview is “tell me about yourself”, so it’s important to nail this.  You don’t want to come across as too arrogant by over-talking yourself. At the same time, however, you also don’t want to come across as incompetent or overly shy. . Describe yourself to your practice partner, after all this is why you have them. Get an idea if you’re an over-talker, under-talker, or just right. Once you get that feedback, practice again and run through the cycle until your self-description is just right.

The Best Way to Plan Your Future is to Create It

Create an agenda of points you want to make. Without an agenda, you’re spitting out the first thing that comes to mind and potentially forgetting to mention some of the most important points about yourself or your experience. When you create an agenda of points you want to make, you’re going in with an idea of what you absolutely want your interviewer to know. If you really want go all in, rank your points by priority.  This way you know which pieces of information to absolutely share and which ones can be mentioned, but don’t have to be.

The Unknown Always Passes for the Marvelous

Have your partner make up three different practice questions without showing you what they are. Throw them all in a hat and pick them out one at a time. These questions can be whatever your partner wants. It keeps you on your toes and expecting the unexpected since you don’t know what curveballs your future interviewer may throw at you.

You Play the Way You Practice

Find a video of a successful interview online. Pause the video whenever the interviewer finishes asking a question and answer it as if you’re in the candidate’s seat. Once you finish answering the question, play the video and compare the candidate’s answer to yours. Take body language into account when you’re evaluating yourself as well as the dialogue coming out of your mouth. Pulling up a video provides more variety in your interview prep so if you want as many alternatives as possible, this is meant for you!

You Can’t Shake Hands with a Clenched Fist

Picture your ideal office environment. What do you see? When we picture the ideal office environment we picture a positive, happy, no conflict setting. Unfortunately, this environment is easier said than done. Office conflicts are bound to arise over different viewpoints on a project, work ethic, or even too much time together. Luckily, we put together a simple step by step process to help resolve your in-office conflicts. Check them out below!

Don’t Gamble on the Future, Act Now

One of the worst things to do during a conflict is to prolong it. Feeling awkward in the office isn’t fun for anyone so confront the problem as soon as possible and get it out in the open. Pushing off confrontation can lead to rising tensions and awkward conversations for as long as you decide to not resolve the problem.

Keep Calm and… Well… Just Keep Calm

Try to stay calm during conflict resolution. If you get worked up over an issue, it may come across as if you’re trying to attack the person and not the issue itself. Having a calm and mature conversation is the best option in this scenario. It can be stressful and probably awkward to make initial contact with someone you’re butting heads with but remember to take deep breaths and stay cool. You got this.

In Seeking Truth You Have to Get Both Sides of the Story

Once the parties agree to meet and discuss their conflict, each party should share their side of the story. Since situations can be perceived in different ways, it’s important to hear what everyone has to say about the dispute and what they feel towards it. For all you know, the problem could be revolving around something as simple as a miscommunication. However, you wouldn’t know about this unless you decide to lay everything out on the table.

Focus on Collaboration, not Competition

Once each party discusses their side of the story, they should all try and decide on a resolution. Some give and take may have to occur if resolution isn’t moving in the direction it should be. If the parties are still having difficulties seeing eye to eye, bring in a mediator. A mediator provides an outside opinion and solutions to help fix the conflict while remaining neutral throughout the entire process. They can provide alternatives that the parties never even thought of.