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Stress Makes Us Stupid

Job interviews can be challenging because each one is unique to itself. Feeling stress during a job interview happens often. The stress we feel during the interview happens when we are unprepared to be asked tough questions, on the spot. Several studies have been done that have shown that under stress, duress, and pressure our bodies go into a fight or flight response. This slows the brain's ability to think clearly and recall important details and information from the past. Therefore, during a job interview, it's quite common that stress makes us stupid. Fortunately, there is something we can do about it. Being prepared for a job interview and having the key details, information, data, and numerical figures in our minds before the job interview can lesson our stress while being asked these questions. 

Working with Millennials

When it comes to work ethic and reputation, millennials have been getting labeled poorly by the older generations. This isn't a new phenomenon. Throughout time, older generations have labeled younger generations as "lazy, poor work ethics, unstable, and not appreciative of hard work." In my experience, these labels are unfounded. I've found that millennials do have good work ethic, strong drive, and a desire to grow in their careers. Provided the right environment, capabilities, and work/life balance structure in the workplace, millennials can blossom into fantastic leaders who can make a dramatic impact on the current and future P&L of your business. The key is learning how to work with them effectively.                                 

Effective Listening in Interviews

Job interviewing is a skill that must be practiced. One of the most important parts of the job interview interaction is the ability to listen. Effective listening in job interviewing is a skill that is underappreciated. The nonverbal communication skills include: looking the person in the eye, not interrupting the talker, using the keywords and thoughts of the speaker to answer their direct questions, being open minded, and answering the questions succinctly, quickly, and directly. Using positive non-verbal communications and matching the energy of the other person is very helpful to make sure that you are using effective listening skills in your relationships.