May the 4th Be With You...
As an avid Star Wars fan, and it being the week of Star Wars Day, I think it is only appropriate to reference the epic space opera in relation to career development.
In case you have not watched Star Wars before, the film takes place in a galaxy far, far away where the force (a mysterious power) is in a constant state of imbalance between the light side (good) and the dark side (evil). Harnessing the power of the force can be done by releasing the anxiety, tension, and conflict within you and embracing the natural force to come into you. The force gives the wielder powers such as: lifting objects up without touching them and telepathically tricking people into thinking what you want them to think (Jedi mind tricks) in order to get what you want.
Unfortunately, the force does not exist in our universe. As nice as it would be to use Jedi mind tricks on an employer during an interview to get the position, it is not a reality. What is a reality, is if you make a great impression on the employer during an interview by exerting confidence, knowledge of the position, and reflecting on past experiences and how they are applicable to the position, there is a good chance the employer will consider you for the job (no Jedi mind tricks needed). But in order to get to that point, you must prepare thoroughly. Do your homework on the company. Make sure that you have a list of 10 characteristics or skills that you want the employer to know about you and have a personal anecdote in mind to represent each one. And lastly, carry yourself with confidence. Release the anxiety and tension inside you. The employer is already interested in you because of your resume and or cover letter, there is no need to feel under pressure. Be yourself and be confident. You worked hard to get to this point and now is your opportunity to speak openly about how you are the right person for the job.
Good luck, and may the force be with you.
Career Center Graduate Assistant