The DOs and DON'Ts Of A Successful Interview

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Whether you're presenting a product, a company, your artwork or yourself, the words you chose, your tone, your delivery and how you carry yourself all play a part in how your message will be received.  Although an interview on CNN or the Wall Street Journal is different than an interview for a new job, in essence the basics of effective communication remain the same.  The following are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind before going on any interview:

Know your message and how to articulate it.  Plan this.  You might have the best product or service; you could be the number one expert in your field, or you could be the perfect candidate for a particular job, but if you don't know how to articulate your message, you're in trouble.

Learning effective interview skills is not only important for business owners who are trying to effectively present their company to the public via TV, print and radio interview;  it's also a necessary skill for anyone who is going on a job interview, or hoping to move up the ladder within a company.

DON'T decide to go to an interview and wing it.  DO: Prepare.  Review two or three primary points that you want to get across during the interview and practice your delivery.

DON'T anticipate questions.   DO: Wait until the question is asked and then respond.

DON'T approach an interview as a string of facts.  DO: Listen.

DON'T try and force the information.   DO: Weave your main points into the interview.  Make it a conversation, not a monologue

DON'T slouch. DO be aware of how you are sitting or standing.

DON'T wait to bring up important information.  DO:  Lead with your most important information.  Job interviews and media interviews can both be very short.  If you don't lead with what's truly important, you could miss your chance.

DON'T tense up.  DO:  Relax; smile; breathe. People have a tendency to hold their breath when nervous; so remember to breathe.

DON'T answer a question you don't understand.  DO INSTEAD:  ask an interviewer to clarify a question if you're unsure about what's been asked.  The last thing you want to do is give an answer to a question you don't fully understand.

DON'T ramble and get off point.  DO:  Keep your information short, concise, and to the point.

Whether you're going on a media interview, or trying to land that perfect job, keep these points in mind, prepare, relax, have fun – and nail it.

Copyright © Anthony Mora 2010


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Anthony Mora began his media career as a freelance journalist for such publications as Us, Rolling Stone and other local and national publications. He served as editor-in-chief of two Los Angeles-based entertainment and lifestyle-oriented publications, and co-founded Phillips & Mora Entertainment, a public relations and personal management company, which ventured into video and film production. In 1990, Anthony formed Anthony Mora Communications, Inc. a Los Angeles-based media relations company that specializes in media placement, image development, and media training. AMC Inc. has placed clients in: Time, Newsweek, 60 Minutes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other local, national, and international media outlets. Anthony has been featured in: USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The BBC, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MSNBC, and other media. He has written three books. The most recent, \\\"Spin to Win,\\\" is a step-by-step guide on how to define goals and utilize the power of the media to achieve success in any field. Practical and user-friendly, \\\"Spin to Win\\\" can be utilized by heads of major corporations, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.

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This article was published on 2010/09/23