Editors note: A revised version of this post for using Pathways is now available here: http://robchristeson.com/job-hunting-using-toastmasters-pathways-to-prepare-for-the-interview-part-ii/
In Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In other words, determine my content and practice that content in the club. In this segment, we’ll discuss using Speech 2, Get to the Point to further practice and prepare for that next interview.
Speech 2 – Get to the Point.
One mistake you want to avoid in a job interview is not to drone on and lose your audience (the employer). If your next boss’ eyes glaze over as you recount the 17 times you saved your current boss $20 on a team lunch, she probably won’t be your next boss.
For Get to the Point, I recommend splitting the speech into 3 questions (you pick the questions) and then use this format:
For the opening – tell your club audience that you’re going to answer 3 interview questions in this speech
In the body of the speech – give each question, followed by your answer. Each answer should be 1.5 – 2 minutes
Some examples I like:
Tell me what you know about our company?
Why are you looking right now? (or why did you leave your last job?)
Tell me about your greatest strength (and/or weakness)?
For the closing– in roughly 1 minute, explain why you would be ideal for the position you’re applying for
Since you already did “Tell me about yourself?” in the Icebreaker, you can choose 3 different questions for this project. You could choose to include the “Tell me about yourself” question if you want to practice your changes based on the feedback to the Icebreaker project, but that’s up to you.
For some ideas on questions, I suggest CareerBuilder.com which has great content on interview questions, such as this article: http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/how-to-answer-10-tough-interview-questions
As before, when the meeting is over I recommend that you find a few minutes to talk to your TM mentor about the presentation, and discuss plans for your next speech. As always, keep the notes from your evaluation. You’ll want to practice these questions again. Believe me.
In our next article, I’ll cover CC Speech #3, Organize your Speech and we’ll look at how to practice ways to impress your next boss with well organized answers to their questions.