Episode 29: How To Blitz Your Job Interview – Secrets of Executive Speech Coach Diane DiResta

[In the workplace] CONFIDENCE trumps COMPETENCE. That’s why if…you see someone who you know has less skill than you and they get promoted, I’ll bet you anything they have the confidence and ability to sell themselves.

dianne-middleSo you’ve landed that all-important job interview. Now all you need to do is rock up with your portfolio, let them see how how good you are at 3D modeling, and tell them that your only weakness is ‘perfectionism’. Right?


According to a study by the University of Michigan, when it comes to hiring managers, most decisions are based on 40% skill and 60% chemistry!

So what does this mean for you? Yep, if you can communicate well, you are much more likely to succeed at winning jobs!

This is just one of the many things revealed by my amazing guest this week – Diane DiResta.

Diane is a licensed speech pathologist, highly sought-after speaker and communication coach. She is the founder of DiResta Communications, a company that helps high profile people like top executives, politicians, celebrities and sport stars to speak the language of confidence and communicate effectively.

I was very excited to speak to Diane about how to be successful in job interviews and in the workplace. So if you are job hunting or want to move up in your workplace, this episode is a must-listen! I can’t stress enough how important this stuff is.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Diane’s ‘Two Things’ about CONFIDENCE:
    1. Mindset – you need to change the way you THINK and the words that come out of your mouth. As in, THINK confident to BE confident!
    2. Skillset – Confidence also comes from mastery. And yes, you can learn skills to help you be confident ie body language, vocal projection etc
  • CONFIDENCE TRUMPS COMPETENCE. (Meaning: if someone with fewer skills than you gets promoted, it’s most likely because they have confidence in themselves!)
  • What even experienced communicators like top executives struggle with when public speaking
  • Diane’s ‘Rule of 3′, and why it works
  • The workplace is very different to the school setting – in school, your success depends on your grades. In the workplace, your success depends on your confidence and communication.
  • Why your work DOES NOT speak for itself in a job interview
  • Why you shouldn’t just go for ‘any job’ – you should go for the job that is right for you!
  • The biggest mistake people make in job interviews
  • Diane’s formula for preparing responses to job interview questions: C.A.R. (Challenge, Action, Result)
  • How to show that you are confident in a job interview (hint: it starts before you even meet the interviewer!)
  • …plus many more tips and tricks! (Seriously, this woman is a gold mine of knowledge. Listen in!)

Diane’s job interview preparation tips:

  • Create your C.A.R. responses to “Tell us about a time when you…” questions:
    Challenge: what was the challenge you faced?
    Action: what did you do to overcome the challenge?
    Result: What was the end result? What did you learn from it?
  • Create a personal branding statement – this is NOT your life story. Instead, include what your strengths are, what you can offer the company, what you are passionate about.
  • Prepare answers to these questions:
    “Tell us about yourself” (This question is a GIFT. Sell yourself with your personal branding statement.)
    “Why should be hire you?”
    “What do you know about our company?” (Bring up something that has happened recently with the company, or an issue they are facing, and how you could help them)
  • Prepare questions to ask them – remember, you are interviewing them to see if it’s the right place for you! It also shows you are interested in working there. People love enthusiasm!
  • Practice, practice, practice your responses

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Challenge of the Week:

Write a short personal branding statement that you can use at networking events for when people ask that awful question: so what do you do? Simply saying: I’m an architecture student, or I’m a graphic designer is, frankly, really boring and doesn’t carry on the conversation. Plus, it doesn’t differentiate you at all from all the other architecture students and graphic designers out there! I once met a student at a design event and he said “I’m studying interactive design.” And I had to ask “What is that?” Even with a design background, I had no idea what interactive design is!

What are your thoughts?