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Jun 2016

I'm sure you've got plenty a link to Ted talks in the text-thread with your mother because she's just discovered Youtube and she wants you to know that you should stop playing video games or seize the day... you get the picture. We don't mean to replace your mother but we might supplement your watch list with some interesting tidbits that you might actually find useful. These Ted talks are short, snappy and particularly relevant to pimping your interview game. Take a few minutes to watch these in the time leading up to clerkship interview season and you're sure to score the job. 

 

Put those smartphones away - Anna Post

Post brings you the most practical interview advice you'll hear including advice on how to dress, how to answer questions and handshakes all in the context of the fact that this may be the meeting that changes your life. Because, well, it might be.

What I learned from 32 grueling interviews - Ashwini Mrinal Bhagat

Yeah, we know, you'd froth over the chance to interview with 32 firms. Bhagat's Ted Talk touches on how emotionally difficult and confusing the interview process really can be, how frustrating it is to be asked to just tell someone about yourself and how ridiculous it is to be rejected based on the colour of your dress.

 

10 ways to have a better conversation - Celeste Headlee

Ok so this one's not about interviews, its about interviewing. Headless is a radio host for NPR in the US and she interviews people on the daily. But take it from me and Headless both, listening and absorbing the information you get about a potential employer prior to and during the interview is as important as what you're trying to communicate. It's a surefire way of showing that you care and it's going to help you show that you want to be here and not just anywhere.

 

How to speak so that people want to listen - Julian Treasure

Half the battle in an interview is figuring out whether or not the interviewer is listening and beating that sneaking suspicion that they dismissed you the moment they saw you weren't from a sandstone university. This talk is about steering clear of the conversation crutches like gossip and whining that end up being turn-offs.

 

How to spot a liar - Pamela Meyer

Don't be alarmed. We're not trying to teach you to become better liars. In fact, that would defeat the purpose of interviewing as a chance for you and your potential employer to suss each other out, to find out whether you fit together. Rather, it's a useful video to remember and reflect on when you practice your interview question responses. Are you lying? If you are, maybe this isn't the job for you.

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