Last semester, I took an advocacy writing class. My professor, Gregory Goodale, is an expert in rhetoric and persuasion (and is by far my favorite professor at Northeastern University). At the beginning of each class, he’d dole out a new piece of “practical advice.” Eager to absorb as much as possible, I wrote them all down – and I’d love to share them with you! Without further ado, here’s Greg’s Practical Advice, 1st Edition:
Turn your job interview into a conversation.
Conversations function as an exchange of ideas. They demonstrate an ease of interaction and the ability to collaborate with others. This shows that you’re personable and approachable. Your body language can also help communicate this idea. Using a firm handshake, maintaining eye contact, and leaning slightly forward toward your interviewer are all subtle ways to show that you’re engaged in the conversation.
I put this advice to the test during an interview last fall. By turning the interview into a conversation, it flowed organically. I felt relaxed and genuinely enjoyed the meeting. So did it work? My employers were so enamored they offered me the job hours later!
Stay tuned for more of Greg’s practical advice!
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