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Job Interview SkillsFiled Under: ADHD Social Skills, ADHD Career Paths
"I'm fine on the job, but my anxiety and lack of social skills are big problems for me in job interviews. How can I improve?"
First, identify the skills you need to bolster. Do you have trouble maintaining eye contact? Are you prone to interrupting? In my book, What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?, you'll find a social skills checklist. This will make it easier to pinpoint problem areas. Or, videotape a practice interview with your spouse or a friend. Once you see yourself on tape, it should be easy to spot what you need to work on.
Once you've pinpointed what needs improvement, an ADHD coach who has experience working with adults and career counseling can be a great help. Remember, practice makes a big difference.
Dr. Michele Novotni is an internationally recognized expert in the field of ADHD. She is the former president and CEO of the national Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), an inspiring speaker, best selling author, psychologist, coach and parent of a young adult with AD/HD. She is author of Adult AD/HD and What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?.
Michele was the lead facilitator and lobbyist in the creation of national ADD Awareness Day (the third Wednesday in September). She was awarded the national "Make a Difference Award" by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) in 2005 and ADDA originated The Novotni Scholarship Fund to assist college students with AD/HD in her honor.
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