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Simple Tips to Lighten the Mood in a Job Interview

Simple Tips to Lighten the Mood in a Job Interview

Crystal Nicol By Crystal Nicol,
Director of Delivery, Strategy and Development at Eagle

Job interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience and a struggle for most people. Wouldn’t it be nice to head into an interview knowing that you can control the mood of the interview? Here are some tips and suggestions to not only make a great impression but to also help you lighten the mood of the interview.

First and foremost, smiling is the one thing that can make the most difference in an interview. Even if you aren’t feeling happy, simply smiling can brighten your mood and your tone. Walk into the office and into the interview room with a smile on your face. It will start your interview off on the right foot. You will come across as confident and positive.

You should always focus on demonstrating a positive, friendly attitude when speaking to a potential employer, client or recruiter. Employers want to hire people that appear positive and someone who would likely get along with their team members and clients.

Find ways to incorporate humour into your interview, but use it sparingly. Don’t head into an interview telling jokes but rather use real life examples. Balance your humor with statements and examples that paint the picture that you’re a smart, dynamic, results-driven team player. Humour is part of your professional image so don’t lay it on too strong and don’t neglect your other professional attributes. Read your audience and follow your interviewer’s lead. Pay attention to cues. How does the interviewer react to your humor? You don’t want it to ever feel awkward or unprofessional. Practice your humor before the interview. Decide which stories you want to tell and practice it on your family or your friends, or even the neighbour. If they don’t laugh then try a different approach. Remember, if it isn’t natural, don’t try to force it. There are plenty of other great ways to connect.

This video is a great 2-minute discussion on how to lighten the mood in a job interview. Darryle Brown gives some great simple tips to follow:

  1. Relax — if you’re tense in an interview setting it can make the entire atmosphere tense as well. Be on time or early so you can concentrate on your thoughts and the things you want to say before the interview begins
  2. Tell a personal story — preferably something humorous. Something to help lighten the mood that the people within the interview setting will consider appropriate for that particular setting.
  3. Have a sense of humor — if you’re tense it makes it impossible for you to really be able to deliver, relate or connect with the interviewers in the midst of the interview setting.

So remember, it’s important to relax, tell a personal story that can connect with the interviewers and have a sense of humor so that you’re able to win them over and lighten the mood in an interview setting.

If Programming was an Anime (a bit of humour for your day)

This is some niche humour but if you’re into programming and anime, this video should give you a bit of a chuckle. Joma Tech — a YouTuber who talks about life in Silicon Valley, big tech companies, data science and software engineering — created this popular video of a junior engineer trying to solve a coding problem. The twist: it follows the format and contains the typical elements of an anime show.

Fair warning, we promise no intellectual revelation from this video, just a smile for some and pure confusion for others. Enjoy!

Happy New Year – A Look Back to 20 Years Ago

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago today, as we entered the new millennium and the world was coming down from the Y2K scare? Looking back, it can be fun to joke about, but for many, it was a terrifying ordeal. For a flashback, a reminder of what exactly Y2K was, and how serious the world took it, have a look at some of these videos:

A few years ago, National Geographic put together a 2-minute video summarizing the crisis:

Where as the New York Times had a bit of a longer, but still digestible, documentary:

Fortunately, with all that scariness, this Y2K Survival Kit was available for only $50!

And for those who needed more information to prepare, Leonard Nimoy starred in this hour-long Y2K Family Survival Guide:

An IT Contractor’s Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients

We all love clients. They give us interesting work, innovate to move technology and services forward, and, of course, pay us. But let’s be honest, some clients are easier than others, especially as an IT contractor.

One of our favourite videos uses humour and exaggeration to highlight annoying clients and the struggles subject matter experts sometimes go through while working on a project. This infographic from Ciplex does an equally good job of picking out the quirks of 15 different types of clients. As a bonus, they also give some advice for navigating your way around them and best serving them.

An IT Contractor's Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients

The Painful Truth of Progress Updates from People with No Idea

You probably recall previous TDC posts with comedy sketch videos titled “The Expert” from Lauris Beinerts. One was about being a subject matter expert and the other about working with clients. Now there is another take on office life in the form of progress meetings. It’s yet another look at how navigating through tech projects as an IT expert and working with your clients isn’t always the easiest thing.

Watch the video for a good laugh to end off your week!

Another Painful Truth of Working with Some Clients

If you remember back a couple of years ago, there was a video about the Expert and how sometimes people just can’t wrap their heads around what you’re explaining as a subject matter expert. No matter what you would say the client and/or Project Manager would make a request that wasn’t possible.

Now The Expert is at it again.  Lauris Beinerts published a new video poking fun at yet another instance when your client just won’t listen to you as the expert. If your expertise has ever been questioned even though you know you’re right then this video is for you, or just watch it for another laugh to end off your work week.

Every Tech Commercial Ever.

The technology industry is filled with diversity and innovation. There is no limit to the types of products companies create or the features they have. With so much creativity and a desire to stand out, why is their advertising so consistently similar and lame? At least that’s what CollegeHumor believes.

This video is designed to be funny and obviously over-exaggerates the clichés found in technology commercials, but it also picks up on subtle similarities that can’t be unseen and presents them in a way guaranteed to make you smile. If you’re up for a chuckle, check this out. We’re sorry in advance if it ruins the upcoming iPhone X commercials for you.

This Infographic Explaining IT Jobs is Too Real

“Front-End”, “Lead Gen”, “Content Marketing” — there are so many cogs that make an organization go ’round and each has their funny quirks. Half the time one department really isn’t sure what the other does. While that may cause frustration, it will all be solved in this helpful post.

If you’ve ever been part of an organization with these business functions and had to deal with a crisis, then you are going to appreciate this infographic form Toggl. It uses a simple example — a broken light bulb — to explain the stereotypical ways that each department deals with issues.

Which is your favourite/most relatable? We can’t wait to hear your feedback in the comments below.

This Infographic Explaining IT Jobs is Too Real
Comic for Toggl.com, created by the Toggl Goon Squad

2016 in Review: Videos for Procrastinating

The TDC is packed with helpful business information, tools, and advice, but we’re not always about business. Sometimes, especially Fridays, we like to share some fun videos that add a bit of distraction to your day (and yes, we’re aware that it’s counter-productive to the time management rules we often push). To finish off the “2016 in Review” series, we thought it would be fun to share some of the top videos from last year that have absolutely nothing to do with business and everything to do with procrastinating.

If you’re any sort of a geek, you’ll appreciate these videos

If you want a laugh, check out these videos

(you still need to be a bit of a geek for some of them):

And if you love a good brain teaser, have a look at these

Please don’t waste your entire day on these, but a small break never hurts and in fact, can increase your productivity! We hope you enjoyed this “2016 in Review” series.  We’ll be back Monday with plenty of fresh content for everyone. Have fantastic Friday and a great weekend!