Improv to improve interview skills
You’re prepped and ready to totally nail this job interview. You’ve rehearsed your elevator pitch. You’ve committed the entire job description to memory as well as the companies background. Heck, you even drove a practice route to the interview location to make sure you knew exactly where to park. You never know what is on the other side of that door and you need to look at this as an adventure, not a test!
The first impression is a lasting impression, and it starts with nonverbal communication. So, how do you find the right middle ground between appearing confident and appearing cocky?
Body Language: In improv, this is called mirroring.
Look to your interviewer and copy him or her.
Coffee shops are also prime for this exercise. Find someone you can mirror their body language and figure out what emotion they are conveying.
- By practicing this exercise, you learn to pay more attention to this type of nonverbal communication, which often takes place outside of our awareness.
Say “Yes, and”: One of the founding rules of improv is the “Yes, and…” technique.
The basic idea is that improvisers should agree to the world of the scene and build onto it.
- 10 Min Improv Game: “Yes ”
- How “Yes and” can be used in your daily life and work?
Having a Mantra gives you an anchor: When you have a statement that represents how you want to be remembered, and the impression you would like to make.
This statement is your mantra, and you will flavor the conversation with that statement.
- 10 Min Improv Game: Mantra on steroids (groups of 4 or 5)
- How can a Mantra be used in your daily life and work?
Ask Yourself, “If That, Then What?”
Pay attention to what the person is saying with this little trick to help you concentrate.
- 10 Min Improv Game Revers Interview: 2 persons or 3 if panel interview style.
- How asking “If That, Then What?” be used in your daily life and work?
6 Types of Stories You Should Have on Hand for Job Interviews:
- When You Overcame a Challenge
- When You Made a Mistake
- When You Worked as a Leader
- When You Did Something Interesting
- When You Worked with a Team
- When You Solved a Problem
*Take away for preparation: a great article on the 6 stories you would have in your toolbox: