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Nailing the Job Interview

By on May 26, 2016

Some psychological research studies have linked unemployment to a variety of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders.   Men are often socialized to be “bread winners” and provide for themselves and/or their family. Because of these factors, men who experience long-term joblessness, may also be at greater risk to develop anxiety and substance abuse disorders.

Preparing for job interviews, can help you snag a coveted position and end long term unemployment. In today’s tough job market, the one who prepares for the interview usually lands the job.

The Interview.

The goal of the interview is to walk away with the job.

Joshua Caleb Jackson, MBA, a motivational speaker and author of “How to Pimp Corporate America” suggest that interviewees spend some time researching the interviewer and the company.   This can help give you an edge over other interviewees, and help you to build a connection to the person conducting the employment interview and the potential employer. Jackson, who is currently traveling on a multi-state tour promoting his book, offers some additional advice to help you nail the job:

  • Prepare a list of questions to ask at the end of the interview. This is your chance to really show that you’ve done your research on the company, its programs, management team, mission and goals. It also shows that you are motivated and interested in the company. People who don’t ask questions, usually don’t get the job!
  • Look the part. Jackson suggest dressing for the job that you are applying for. Some employers will require that you dress more conservatively (e.g., business suit, buttoned up shirt, tie and dress shoes). For employers where the company culture may be more casual, khakis and a blazer may be more appropriate. Avoid wearing trendy or loud colors. And always show up with a fresh haircut and clean, manicured fingernails.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice. It’s generally a good idea to prepare for the interview by answering some interview questions in front of the bathroom mirror or practicing with a supportive friend, relative or significant other. This will help you to think about some of you to develop good, solid responses before the interview.  

Things to Remember.

During the interview, don’t be shy. Share information about your work accomplishments, experience, skill set, and discuss how these things will bring value to the company. Scott Engler, MA, the author of “The Job Inner-View” and “Legends of the Recruiting and Career World: A Compilation of Interviews” suggest that you “tie in personal and professional experience about why you would be a good fit for the position or organization.” Engler further explains that you should share how your “skills, past experience (and) passions align with the company.”


Following the interviewing, its good etiquette to send a thank you note or email. In this note, remind the prospective employer why you are a good candidate for the position and the ways in which you can help the organization achieve its mission and goals.




Gregory Canillas, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles campus. Dr. Canillas’ clinical work has focused on children, adolescents, children in foster care, therapy/relationship issues and LGBTQ clients. Tweet him @DrGJCanillas.