Whether you think Donald Trump is a savvy businessman, the next president of the United States, a washed-up entertainer, or a just a walking hairpiece, one thing is for sure: he knows how to attract attention.
Somewhat recently he did just that with a "self-interview" on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Did you watch? We sure did.
And while the performance may have been a bit of spoof, we still think the controversial politician communicated some clear interview tips that can benefit any jobseeker. When you're preparing to sit across from a potential employer, keep this advice in mind.
Confidence doesn't mean competence. But it does mean something.
Bluster and noise are bluster and noise, and your volume bears no correlation to your actual ability to handle a difficult job. But confidence, which Donald Trump has bushels of, is key to landing a role. Studies have found that this often-elusive trait is strongly linked to attractiveness, which other studies have found is directly correlated to your likelihood to get hired AND make more money. So if you're not feeling confident from the get-go, take the right steps to ensure you rock up to the interview with your chin up and your chest puffed out.
Tell your story the way you see it.
Your personality, skills, and abilities are like an inkblot on a card. If you let your audience decide what the image represents, you hand them control over your destiny. Instead of allowing them to make the call about what they're looking at, just tell them. Tell them how successful you've been. Tell them what your previous employer loved about you. Tell them that the "inkblot" is actually a picture of something very specific. Who are they to disagree? This is your life, and—to a point—you get to decide how your story is written and how it's read.
Even the most unconvincing people can often get what they want when they master one vital skill: making people relax. So do whatever it takes to make yourself relatable and to make your audience comfortable. Read the room and give your listeners what they want. Keep in mind that when you're the center of attention, your own mood and feelings will be mirrored by those around you, so if you want your audience to feel good, just smile and enjoy yourself.
Integrity is a choice.
When you're interviewing for a job, you should be honest. First, the world is a better place when everybody tries their best to behave with integrity and respect. And second, you'll be happier if you find the job that's right for you, and you'll get more out of your interview session if you and the interviewer are both honest with each other about what you have to offer. But don't be naïve. Both you and your interviewer should recognize that honesty is sometimes tempered with the information we're purposefully omitting. So make sure you read between the lines and listen to what's not being said as well.
Let your future self handle the hard stuff.
Be flexible and make decisions that meet the needs of the moment. Worry about the consequences later. There's no crystal ball that can tell us whether Donald Trump will or won't be the next president of the United States. Right now, he seems to want this very badly. As for how he would handle unfamiliar future challenges if he makes it to office, he'll cross that bridge when he gets there. And you can do the same. But if we're paying attention, we'll all learn some valuable lessons along the way.
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