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5 Job Interview Lessons We Can Learn from The Donald

by Gerald George Mannikarote MBBS, MBA

Donald Trump
Learn From The Donald

The US Elections were very interesting this year- no matter which way you cut it.  There was a lot of drama, tension, and excitement.  Once the smoke cleared, we all know the outcome.  Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

Just like most of us when looking for a job, Donald Trump had to sit through many interviews and answer many questions.  There were many things we could learn from Trump’s style while he engaged those that asked him questions.  These things could be applied by us when we are, like Trump did, answering the interviewer’s questions while looking for a job.  Here are a few lessons we can learn from him.

1. Past experience is important, but what you can deliver gets you the job

Donald Trump is a known business man, an author of a book, and a reality TV star.  He didn’t have any past experience in politics.  So he played up on the fact that his strengths were in business.  But more importantly, he was able to convince people about what he would be able to deliver.

In a job interview, your past experience is important. What’s more important though is what you will be able to bring to the company and deliver to your manager. Learn to relay what you can deliver.

2.  Don’t be afraid to pose questions back to your interviewer

During the race to the election, Donald Trump was posed with many, many questions.  Most people would have thought many of them were very tough questions.  But the Donald was not afraid to ask the interviewer questions of his own.  He was not afraid to challenge the interviewer regarding their facts, or even why they asked the question.

In a job interview, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer questions.  Don’t be afraid to challenge their questions.  Don’t be afraid to have questions of your own.

3. Your past job history is important, but past salary not so much

The Donald was known for his lavish lifestyle and the fact that he was worth a lot of money.  The question of his earnings and taxes came into question.  Donald Trump effectively shook this question off, letting others know it was not important when it came to the job he was interviewing for.

As many go down the job pipeline, the question of past salary may come up.  This may be a tricky question, but it shouldn’t be important.  Your past salary should have nothing to do with the new job- the job that you are interviewing for.  Learn how to effectively navigate the question of past salary.

4. Sales skills matter

The Donald is a consummate salesman.  He understood people’s needs and spoke to those needs.  And he did so effectively.

In a job interview, sales skills matter. Before answering questions, you must understand the interviewer’s needs.  You must understand what the company needs for the position you are interviewing for.  Speak to those needs.

5. Accept your mistakes, but focus on your strengths

No one can forget some of the mistakes of President-elect Trump, especially the hot mike in the bus.  This was definitely a mistake.  What we can learn from The Donald here is how he accepted the mistake but didn’t dwell on it.  He kept the focus on his strength.

In your job history, you may have some issues that may not be the best- a gap in your job history, job changes, lay- offs, etc.  When asked about these, acknowledge them, but don’t dwell on them.  Focus on what you are good at and what you have learned from these situations.

These are just 5 lessons we can learn from The Donald when answering job interview questions.  What do you do think about them?  Have you learned anything from the US President-Elect? Do you have any job interview tips you can share with others? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.  If you feel that others could benefit from these tips, please share this post.  You can also contact me at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com

Self Perception Trumps Good Performance

Self Perception Trumps Good Performance

Trump Your Next Presentation

Trump Your Next Presentation

5 Tips  to Present Like Mr. Trump

by Gerald Jerry George, MBBS MBA

Trump Your Presentation
Trump Your Presentation

Like him or not, Donald Trump is someone to watch.  Entertaining could be one word to describe him.  In fact, these days, when Trump talks, people listen- no matter what he says.

There are certain things that Trump does that ensures people listen to him.  We can learn a thing or two from the talks and speeches he provides.  Here are a few things that you can learn from Trump to add to your next talk or presentation.  It just might make you more entertaining and cause people to listen to you.

1. Have a signature look
Trump Your Look
Trump Your Look

People make fun of Trump’s hair, but he owns it.  And no matter where he goes, he is recognizable.  But don’t forget his solid colored ties and power suits.  He has a signature look.

A signature look can help you feel more confident when you are speaking in front of people. It gives you one less thing to worry about.  It can also help you feel good about yourself.  I had a friend that used to wear Superman cufflinks and Superman socks when he had important presentations to give.

2. Be Dramatic
The Art of the Expression
The Art of the Expression

Trump uses a lot of hand motions, gestures, and facial expressions when he talks.  In other words, he uses a lot of drama.  He’s not dull.  He’s in fact an actor of sorts.

By using motion, facial expressions, and gestures, you give your audience another dimension to your presentation.  Adding another dimension to your presentation keeps it from getting dull.  Otherwise you will simply be the flesh and bones version of a boring slide deck.

3. Make a lot of noise
Trump Your Voice
Trump Your Voice

When Trump speaks, he makes a lot of noise.  It causes people to wake up.  People wait to hear what he will say next.  It keeps them on the edge of their seat.

When presenting to an audience, use inflections in your voice.  Changes in your tone keeps the presentation interesting.  This reduces the chance of your presentation being a chance to look at one’s smart phone.

4. Be entertaining
Trump a Rock Star
Trump a Rock Star

Trump is entertaining because he gives the audience what they want to hear.  If you like him, you want to hear what he says to cheer him on.  If you don’t like him, you want to hear what he says so that you can complain about whatever he’s talking about.  Either way, Trump gives people what they want to hear.

When presenting, give your audience what they want to hear.  Don’t get bogged down in the details that you think is important.  Talk about what the audience finds important.  They will find this entertaining as opposed to being forced to attend a meeting as usual.

5. Be bold
Trump Boldness
Trump Boldness

Trump is bold.  He knows what he says may make others uncomfortable, but he says it anyway.  And he is willing to stand behind what he says.

When presenting in front of others, don’t worry about what others are going to say.  Be bold.  As I said earlier, don’t worry about the details.  If you are questioned on what you present, stand behind it.  You can provide details if asked, or even after a presentation.

These 5 tips will help you Trump your next presentation.  Once you use these tips, let me and others know how it goes.  Do you have any tips to Trump a presentation?  If so, let others know. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.  You can also contact me at jerrydmann@dmanntraining.com