Once you have
crafted a good opening statement, your next task is to practice it and
practice it and practice it. You don't have to memorize your statement
verbatim (in fact, you shouldn't), but you should be able to run through
it on command. Initially, you will forget parts and pieces, but the
more you practice the more polished you will become.
front of a mirror is extremely helpful. Also, practicing every time you
are in the car is great way of evolving your statement from words on a
paper to muscle memory.
With some agencies
you may not have an opportunity to make an opening statement, but they
may offer you a chance to say something at the conclusion of your
interview. Normally, you will have a closing statement prepared (we will
cover closing statements in a future article) which is a bit different than your opening
statement. However, under these circumstances you are going to have to
Make sure to
thank the members of the panel for the interview. Next, highlight the
skills, traits, and accomplishments that were not covered during the
interview. Tell them why you would be excellent for the position.
Close by thanking them again, and, if appropriate under the
circumstances (your call), shake the hand of each panel member beginning
from left to right.
statement will be shorter than your opening statement. They have
already spent close to an hour with you, so they're not going to want to
hear a long dissertation.
finish, make sure to wait until you are dismissed.
a learned skill. It is quite simple: the more you practice, the better
you will be.
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