See how public speaking can help you ace a job interview

When you think about it, public speaking and interviewing for a job are quite similar.  For most of us that nervousness you get when you’re about to go on stage is also present when we are about to sit down for a job interview.

It comes to no surprise then that your skills in public speaking can help you ace a job interview.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out the following steps one takes before going up on stage that can also help you land that coveted job!

The Power of the Pause

The mistake most people make when public speaking or during an interview is to not pause and think before they open their mouths.  Some of the best answers I have given to a question during an interview were given after taking a few seconds to collect my thoughts.

Take your time and learn how to keep your interviewers on the edge of their seat by watching a few TED Talks and learning from the best.

Practice makes perfect!

When you’re in front of that HR REP or whoever is in charge of hiring you are being scrutinized, no doubt about that!  Same goes for when you are up on stage giving a presentation.  It’s for this reason that you need to go in prepared for any interview.

At the end of the day you’re giving a speech during an interview, the only difference is that you’re sitting down.  While I advise you to not sound like a robot, try to memorize key points you want to touch on during your interview and practice them thoroughly.

Be ready for those questions!

Another way your public speaking can help you ace a job interview is by prepping for the questions that will be thrown at you.  Before any major speech or job interview, I like to write out a list of the most probable questions that will be asked.  This way I am not caught like a deer in the headlights when an interviewer asks me a typical question like “If we were to speak to one of your best friends what would they say are 3 of your best strengths and 3 of your weaknesses?”

Know when to shut it!

Have you ever seen a presenter go on and on and on to the point that you want to yell “enough already!  We get it!”

Well, the same thing can happen in an interview.  Know when to stop talking! Do not become a rambler.  Remember it is better to say less than more. If you feel you have answered the question sufficiently stop talking even if you haven’t received a cue from the interviewer.  Trust in yourself!

Get the interviewer involved

Most speeches end up with the presenter opening the floor up to the audience.  The same practice should be used during an interview.  Turn your interview into a conversation by having your own set of questions and developing a back and forth with your interviewer.

Now I’m not talking about discussing who won the big game last night, I’m talking about hitting on points that are important to them and the company you are looking to work for.

Hopefully, this piece of advice comes in handy the next time you are called in for an interview!  All the best from the RULE THE ROOM Team!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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