Tonight we had more interview prep for Praxis Wednesday, and today I'll be writing more on what I've learned. There was a lot to take away from tonight's call, but there were two main points that stood out to me the most. These two things are going to be my primary focuses for improvement when it comes to interviews, and I have plans on how I'm going to improve them.
1. Confidence is of high priority.
At this point, the main hindrance that prevents me from performing my best in an interview is my lack of confidence. It's such a simple thing, but it's so difficult to overcome. Keeping that in mind, my solution to the problem is to do more practice.
As I was practicing tonight, I learned that it's always better to say something with confidence. Even if the content of my sentence isn't perfect, having the right attitude is more impressive.
2. The peak-end rule.
Something else I learned tonight is the importance of having a peak moment and also a powerful ending.
For those who’ve never heard of this, here’s a definition from Wikipedia: "The peak–end rule is a psychological heuristic in which people judge an experience largely based on how they felt at its peak (i.e., its most intense point) and at its end, rather than based on the total sum or average of every moment of the experience."
Ending a meeting with confidence is crucial and something I need to work on. The same goes for peak moments and I'll be using my "silver bullet stories" to do that. This might get old, but I'm going to rehearse those over and over until they are second nature.