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Regarding interviews – in terms of them making a decision as to whether or not to accept you, the conventional wisdom says that the decision is made within the first 2 minutes. For the grand majority of applicants, first impressions don’t just count, they’re everything. Personally, I think it’s a bit more complicated. I believe that the first impression determines whether or not you have a chance (during the rest of the interview.) In other words, the first impression can break you, but it can’t make you.
Walk upright. Speak confidently. Dress appropriately – if in doubt, level up. (This shouldn’t be hard, in the first two minutes, you’re only speaking the basics. Nice to meet you; I’m Nash*; I have to say that I’m honored to meet you; and so on.) With men, shake hands firmly. With women, be a little more gentle. LOOK PEOPLE IN THE EYE – RIGHT FROM THE START. If it’s a group interview, hold the door for others…let them enter and sit first, and then you follow. But instead of sitting, walk up to the interviewer and shake their hands – introduce yourself.
*When you formally introduce yourself, never include just your name. Include at least one relevant fact. “I’m Nash and I’m out to change the world.” I’m Freeman and I want to do great things in “X”, which is why I’m here.” Remember, everyone who speaks in public is acting – and most people are bad actors. Likewise for public interactions, the individual is always selling – and most people are horrible at it.
Physically MIMIC the interviewer. If he leans back, you should also. If he crosses his legs, then you should to. However, you must be VERY SUBTLE with this. It can’t be obvious. You don’t have to mimic him the moment he moves. You can do it a minute later. And don’t mimic everything.
PREPARE. I don’t mean 2 or 3 hours, I mean 20 or 30 hours of research, MINIMUM. If you’re not willing to make this effort, then why are even bothering to apply? (I’m assuming you want to intern there to learn, not just to add a line to a resume.) Of course, this goes to the heart of my philosophy: “If you want to learn, no one is stopping you. You don’t need to go anywhere to learn. And DOING is among the best ways to learn.” [NOTE: Most interns don’t “do” very much. Don’t trust me, THINK! Ask around.]
As you research, keep this question in mind: Is this internship going to be the most profitable use of my time? (Intelligent people play the long game…it’s not just about what’s next, or even, what’s after that – so judge ‘profitability’ according to this high standard.) Are you building the life that you want to live? If not, then why proceed? At what point do you stop doing what other people want and start living? Sorry, how could I not add this? This is the point of life – to live fully.
Things to research:
Previous interns: Anyone famous? Where do they go after this internship? And after that?
Who is the leader of the interns? What is their philosophy? How much will you work with them? (What we’re really trying to get to is this: Who will be your mentor in this program? Okay, I don’t really mean mentor, I mean best teacher…surely you catch my point. NO MORE RANDOM teachers. Life is too short to waste it learning from mediocre people. That was ‘okay’ (no, it wasn’t) during your youth, but not now.
Who leads the hospital (mini-biography)? What is her vision?
What are the hospital’s greatest needs?
What is their greatest need from the intern?
What problem(s) can you help to solve? If you’re not going there to contribute, but instead, only to receive, then this is definitely the wrong path.
After you’ve completed the above research, formulate another list of questions and go back and search again. Then, if you still haven’t found certain answers, you now have some questions worth asking during your interview. Yes, ask intelligent questions – ones that aren’t easily answered with a little research. (You’re trying to show them that you’re engaged and thinking, not lazy.)
You’re interviewing them as much as (should be more than) they are interviewing you. After all, they are an organization, but you are a living being. Your time is infinitely more valuable than theirs. An easy, but imperfect way to understand this is that they’re paid to be there (during the interview), you aren’t.
Additional questions for yourself, to decide if this is the right choice for you. You should have these answers prepared in advance as the answers may prove useful in an interview.
What do you hope to contribute to them?
What do you hope to take away?
As with so much in life, most people enter doorways significantly underprepared. Which means the field is wide-open for you to blow them away. If you DO THE WORK. (Most won’t, even in China.)
Imagine if you spent 200 hours (too late, but you get the point) evaluating their internship program and entered the interview with a concise list of three things that they could do to make it much better. And offered to help execute them during your internship – that is, if they would accept you. Besides the fact that this is the person they should accept, it’s way more important that this is the person who you are.
Many in our government – including our Congresspersons, Courts and Presidency – have become tyrants, or at a minimum, betrayers of our Liberty – and they cling to power regardless of the cost to the country. President Jefferson, one of our founding fathers, had it right: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Make no mistake, he meant WAR. We can be sure of this because he was a revolutionary, as in fighter.
And of course, this failed to make the front (landing) page of most news’ websites. Surprise! The mainstream media is on the heist of our Liberty. Not deliberatively, of course.
You’ve heard of the twenty-year, overnight success? It’s where someone or something gains a significant presence in our culture, seemingly overnight. Truth be told, this usually happens after untold hours/days/weeks or even years of hard slogging. Thus, the “twenty-year” part of the saying.
Well, America has been in decline for more than 50 years now, although to the rest of the world, the fall appears rather suddenly. This is just the latest slap in a very long list of revelations.
Pun intended. Our future is going to be full of power, so our future is bright. In fact, things continue to get better. All we need to get to the place where we all want to be is MORE Leaders. [Not more politicians, celebrities, and faux leaders, but true Leaders. Men and women willing to sacrifice themselves and their own interests for the common good.] Come on, you know you’re out there, and you know that you want to. Join me.