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Self Care Before and After an Interview

Monday, October 16th - Hannah G.

What is Self Care?

Self care is an important aspect of individual health that is under individual control. Regulatory functions such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy and regularly, exercising, reducing stress, and many more are all under individual control and work to improve self health. In this post, we discuss different ways to ensure self care during the interview process!

Before the Interview:

Practice makes perfect! In the days before your interview, it is a good idea to practice answering the common questions you may come across in the interview. Another great way to practice is to book a mock interview with your Peer Helpers in the Co-Op Office to practice answering these questions in an interview setting! This practice will give you the confidence you need to calmly enter your interview!

The night before your interview, it is most important to make sure that you get plenty of sleep! Adults need 8-10 hours of sleep each night; a good night’s sleep will make sure that you are well rested, ready for the day and have plenty of energy to kick this interview in the behind!

After your wonderful sleep, it is important to eat a healthy breakfast to maintain the energy levels and alertness for the day so you can tackle the interview with a strong mind! Try to avoid any foods that might cause bloating or any discomforting effects. Stick to your fruits and veg!

The next steps are more free rein. Before an interview, stress levels may rise and it is important that you are able to recognize when and how to bring them back down. There are many different options for decreasing stress and some may work for you, while others may not. You will have to experiment to find what works for you! Below are some options that your fellow peers use:

  1. Deep breathing/Meditation
  2. Practicing once more before the interview
  3. Completing a quick 30min workout before hand to boost stress releasing endorphins
  4. Stress balls/fidget spinners
  5. Time Management: Arrive early, focus on your posture, check outfit, etc
  6. Stay away from social media accounts

After the Interview:

CONGRATS!! You did it! You just finished that interview and by the way, you crushed it!

After an interview, there are many ways to destress. Below are some different ways that people celebrate after an interview:

  1. Food! Food is a great way to celebrate and there are so many choices! Cake, ice cream, chips and dip, pretzels, the list goes on!
  2. Get a work out in! Go for a run, head to the gym, do what you need to do to release the stress!
  3. Have a shower! You would be amazed how well this can work!
  4. Post a selfie! Instagram, Snapchat, whatever social media aspect you’d like!
  5. Sleep! Everything will feel better after a good rest!
  6. Make a date beforehand for after your interview and go have a good time and take your mind off of the interview

Hopefully these tips and tricks for self care help you Gryphons out during your interviews! Don’t stress Gryphons, you will all do great! 

Tips for Tackling the "Greatest Weakness" Interview Questions

You’re scheduled for an interview for that amazing job you’ve applied for and you don’t want to mess it up. You’re looking at yourself in the mirror practicing responses to the classic interview questions. We get it – we have all been there! We always worry about how we are going to answer some of the more challenging, but ever present interview questions. In this post we are going to tackle the hardest question in the history of interview questions: the “What Is Your Greatest Weakness” question. Here is everything you need to know to answer this question!

1. Why Does the Interviewer Even Ask This Question?

Everyone hates this question, and that is the plain out truth. Is there a reason for it? Many of us would be tempted to say no. But of course, there is. Through asking this question the interviewer is attempting to get to know more about who you are and what kind of employee they may be working with. This also provides the interviewer with insight as to whether or not you are self-aware. Someone who is aware of his or her own weaknesses is also usually someone who is also working on towards improving in that area.

2. What Not to Say

When answering this question don’t attempt to out-smart the interviewer. Seasoned interviewers have seen it all before, so saying that you have no weaknesses is not the answer that they are looking for. Other responses that are a big no-no include:

            a. My greatest weakness is that I am a perfectionist

            b. I work too hard/I am a workaholic

            c. I care too much/too passionate about all that I do

The interviewer hears this all the time and these responses will not make you stand out from other applicants, nor will it leave the impression that you are self-aware or creative.

3. Steps to Formulating a Good Response

Step 1) Choose a weakness that is real, but one that does not significantly reduce your ability to complete the job.

Step 2) Once you have identified a weakness, demonstrate that you are working on improving on this flaw: what are you doing to prevent the weakness from slowing you down? This will show that you are a dedicated and self-aware individual who is proactive in their growth and development.

Step 3) Tie it back to the job. In your description of plan for improvement, make it relevant to the job you are applying for.

4. Examples

Below are a few examples of how to formulate a strong response

  1. Organization has not always been a strength of mine, however, in order to overcome this I have begun implementing a time management strategy, such as a planner, to ensure that I am up-to-date with every assignment.
  2. I have difficulty with public speaking. Talking in small groups is more comfortable for me as large groups tend to make me flustered. I have been working on developing my presentation skills through [insert club/activity/etc.] to improve upon this and I invite the opportunity to practice these new skills.
  3. I tend to have difficulty delegating in team projects due to my desire to control all aspects of the project. I realize this is not plausible as trying to take on too much will slow, not only me down, but also the entire group. Therefore, I have made it a personal goal of mine to get involved in more team projects to really work on creating a trusting team atmosphere where each member can rely on other team members and achieve something great.

Hopefully this information can help you with those upcoming interviews! Best of luck Gryphons!