How to Stand Out in an Interview—Even If You've Been Laid Off

A listener wonders how to manage her frustration after being laid off twice. Are your emotions getting in the way of acheiving your goals?  Lisa provides strategies to manage your emotions and acheive success.  

Lisa B. Marshall
7-minute read
Episode #353

Exercise More

Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, ward off anxiety, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep. Research has shown that exercise is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression. Any form of exercise can help, including biking, dancing, gardening, tennis, swimming, walking, yoga, etc. Find something that makes your body feel good, and do it daily. Very soon it will make your mood good, too.

Create Positive Affirmations

Psychologists tell us that in times of distress, we tend to talk to ourselves. They term this behavior “self-talk.” It’s considered healthy, provided you are giving your distressed mind positive messages like “I can do it” and not “My future is bleak.”

Try repeating aloud, “I am a very strong candidate.” “My background and experience are a perfect fit for this position because of A, B, C (be specific).” “I’m excited about this position because X, Y, & Z (again, be specific).” Remember, employers are looking for someone who is excited and interested in working for them and is passionate about the work he will be doing. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively, stop those thoughts by flicking your wrist and saying, “Stop. That’s just irrational fear.” Then substitute your prepared rational thoughts.

These positive affirmations will become easier as you apply the steps in this book, because you will begin to see just how qualified you are. With a positive, emotionally healthy attitude, you can achieve your goals. It is absolutely fundamental.

I want to encourage you to create what I call your “job search positivity plan.” Determine which steps will best help you stay positive, put them on paper, and plan to do them. Take the time every single day to put your emotional health first and you will have the energy, the focus, and the drive to follow the strategies in this guide to land your ideal job!

Ms. Frustrated, as a way of saying thanks for sending me your question, I've sent you a pre-release copy of Red Duck Interviewing!  For everyone else, I created the special promotion: Visit lisabmarshall.com/redduck for detailsHowever, here are the four key elements of my powerful red duck strategy. 

Element #1: Project a Powerful Online Image

First, in today’s market you must have an active professional online presence and powerful personal brand. In this book give detailed steps to develop a professional online presence that gets you noticed (in the right way!).

Element #2: Enhance Your Persuasive Power

Today it’s not enough to briefly review the company website. If you want to set yourself apart, you have to really dig deep. To help you be the most persuasive for each interview, explain a preparation process, so you can effectively choose and share the most important abilities, experiences, and traits from the perspective of the potential employers—the ones they will find most valuable and persuasive.

Element #3: Communicate in a Clear, Concise, and Compelling Manner

Once you’ve determined what the potential employer needs to know about you, you need to communicate your skills and accomplishments in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. I will go over the most common questions, and even uncommon ones, to teach you how to apply your carefully chosen persuasive accomplishments to any question the interviewer asks.

Element #4: Exude Humble Confidence

Finally, you have to exude a humble confidence for your in-person interviews. I will go over tips and techniques backed by science-based research to help you project a confident, positively persuasive impression on the phone, on Skype, and in person.

When implemented successfully, these step-by-step instructions will not just make you a good choice, they will make you the ONLY choice for the position. These techniques allow you to reveal your inner red duck and shine bright red, so that you stand out in a sea of yellow.

This is Lisa B. Marshall changing organizations, changing lives, and changing the world through better communication. If you’d like to learn more about leadership, influence, and communication, I invite you to read my bestselling books, Smart Talk and Ace Your Interview and listen to my other podcast, Smart Talk

As always your success is my business


About the Author

Lisa B. Marshall

Lisa B. Marshall Lisa holds masters with duel degrees in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She’s the author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation, as well as Ace Your Interview, Powerful Presenter, and Expert Presenter. Her work has been featured in CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman's Day, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. Her institutional clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard University, NY Academy of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Genentech, and Roche.