In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, In practice, there is. (Chuck Reid)
Every manager wants to find someone with:
- Less experience
- More raw ability
- More talent
- Bigger potential profits
- Lower pay
Everyone is looking for the same magical person. They get twice as much done, and you only pay them a little more. You can pay them 10 percent more than their peers and still be paying them less than they really and truly are worth. That means more profit and a bigger bonus for management.
Where is it determined to pay them 10 percent more? In the interview.
If you interview well, you will get paid more. It is just a fact of life. There are several places to get better interview skills:
- Teach a class
- Lead a group
- Take an interview preparation class
- Join Toastmasters.
Teach a class
Many schools and most churches are looking for teachers. It may be a one time one hour visit or a weekly commitment. Often they have a Teacher Preparation class or manual. Volunteer. Even if you do poorly the first time, you can get that teacher preparation book or course and learn to succeed. Teaching a class gives you experience speaking to groups and imparting your expertise. The smoothness you develop will help a lot in interviews.
Lead a group
The Elks Club, Rotary Club, youth sports, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H, PTA, and every other organized group of people needs leaders. You can lead a small committee or the whole club. The experience you gain dealing with groups will make a big difference in your interview skills and how much you earn.
Take an interview preparation class
They may cost a hefty chunk of change, but they can make a big difference in how much you are paid and how much you earn. Sometimes they will have video recorded practice interviews, group evaluations and individual coaching.
www.toastmasters.org is the best place to go to learn to deal well with groups. They develop your ability to give prepared and unprepared speeches. There are multiple clubs near you. Visit several of them and find a place you fit.
Something to do today
The first thing to do is check out Toastmasters. Then volunteer to lead a group or class somewhere. Develop your interview skills.