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ed-u-ca-tion’14 GUIDE special advertising section explore the opportunities available to you through Art Center College of design’s Public Programs. Grades 4–8 Discover your inspiration and see the world through a new lens. Art Center for Kids Grades 9–12 Create with confidence, express yourself, explore your future. sAturdAy HigH both, as well as family and social commitments and the public engagements required of a prominent athlete. The structure of DeVry’s MBA program and the availability of its Keller Graduate School of Management staff have been crucial to Fenlator’s epic athletics/academics balancing act, she said. “To be able to have eight-week courses, they’re rolling courses; advisors that are on-hand no matter what time zone I’m in; pro-fessors that are profoundly willing to answer any questions and work with you and tutor you and respond so quickly, really opens up that educational experience.” The flexibility and self-pacing of DeVry’s pro-grams (Fenlator was able to take a break from Jazmine Fenlator Photo credit Julian Finney Getty Images Sport Getty Images studying altogether immediately before the Sochi Olympics in order focus on her prepara-tion) make them surprisingly do-able for adult learners. And the clarity with which courses are presented makes remote online learning much less intimidating. “When I log-in for a course and it’s the first week, I have a full syllabus of the next week – so I can almost look at my calendar and plug-in ‘this is when a mid-term is; this is when a final is; this is when a course paper is due’,” Fenlator said. “I can see my events throughout the week and know, OK, I’m going to need to start on this paper early.” Fenlator credits time management and prioritization as crucial to maintaining her demanding schedule. She recommends keeping a calendar to help juggle work (or, in her case, training), study and social, family and alone time. “It seems like a lot, but it’s divvied-out,” she said. “Y’now, people spend two, three hours a night watching TV or playing video games or reading books every day. If you put that [time] into schoolwork, [from] which you know you’re going to recoup the benefits and have return on that investment … I think that’s what would make it worth it -whereas watching The Voice on television is not going to do that for you!” While Fenlator feels that she is yet to hit her peak as a bobsled pilot and remains passion-ate about the sport, she is also interested in becoming a part-time consultant to corpora-tions involved in marketing to athletes while still competing at the highest level. With her educational focus on marketing, she is also well aware of the value of being able to effectively market herself as a “brand” – a necessity for many Olympic hopefuls who, with limited or no opportunity to be employed, need to attract sponsors to help finance their training. Fenlator is on course to complete her MBA at DeVry by the middle of next year. With that qualification in her pocket, she is excited about her post-bobsledding prospects. She mulls one day becoming CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, but also dabbling in photography; heading-up an entrepreneurship; founding a non-profit organization; and continuing her existing role as a public speaker. “You’re going to have setbacks,” she concluded. “So embrace them, because they’re an opportunity for you to move forward and learn something and use it in a positive way. Don’t always look at failure as something that’s negative.” For more information: 626.396.2319 artcenter.edu/makeithappen ( 132 ) LA WEEKLY / MAY 16-22 2014 / LAWEEKLY.COM Image: © erIk mark SanDberg | 4177 | 0414 Continuing Studies for Adults Jumpstart a career, forge a new path, fulfill a dream. Art Center At nigHt HUMANS MAKE UP THEIR MINDS ABOUT EACH OTHER IN SECONDS – INTERVIEWERS INCLUDED written by Paul rogers ccording to research by New York University’s Stern School of Business, people make eleven key decisions regarding one another – including education and economic levels, trustworthiness, credibility, level of success, and professional desirability – within the first seven seconds of meeting. Over recent years, other studies have concluded that humans form initial impressions about each other within 30 seconds, 10 seconds or even, according to research published by psychologists at Princeton University in 2006, just one tenth of a second. Regardless of the disparity in such numbers, experts broadly concur that our brains swiftly snap first-impression “Polaroids” – composites of all the signals given off by any new experi-ence – of people we are meeting for the first time. The concept (and endless reports through-out history) of “love at first sight” is one popular manifestation of this phenomenon. This blink-quick judgment of whether a new person will help or hurt us may lurk in the most primitive area of the brain and have its roots in ancient eras when such decisions could be literally life-or-death, but its ramifications can still mean make-or-break in today’s corporate world. FIRST IMPRESSIONS LAST A
First Impressions Last
HUMANS MAKE UP THEIR MINDS ABOUT EACH OTHER IN SECONDS – INTERVIEWERS INCLUDED
According to research by New York University’s Stern School of Business, people make eleven key decisions regarding one another – including education and economic levels, trustworthiness, credibility, level of success, and professional desirability – within the first seven seconds of meeting.
Over recent years, other studies have concluded that humans form initial impressions about each other within 30 seconds, 10 seconds or even, according to research published by psychologists at Princeton University in 2006, just one tenth of a second.
Regardless of the disparity in such numbers, experts broadly concur that our brains swiftly snap first-impression “Polaroids” – composites of all the signals given off by any new experience – of people we are meeting for the first time. The concept (and endless reports throughout history) of “love at first sight” is one popular manifestation of this phenomenon.
This blink-quick judgment of whether a new person will help or hurt us may lurk in the most primitive area of the brain and have its roots in ancient eras when such decisions could be literally life-or-death, but its ramifications can still mean make-or-break in today’s corporate world.
Yet while first impressions certainly count in a job interview, candidates can also “manage” the mark they make on recruiters in those crucial first few seconds.
“We do make judgments in seconds – even nanoseconds – and these judgments can stick pretty well,” said Karen Elizaga, an executive coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot: A Guide to Personal and Professional Excellence. “I always encourage my clients to make as excellent an impression as possible because you’ll have to work much harder than if you just walked in making an excellent one.”
Indeed, there is evidence that the old adage “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is more than just old wives’ wordplay. Research by a team of psychologists from the U.S., Canada and Belgium, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General in 2011, concluded that even when new experiences contradict a first impression, our brains “bind” the contradictory experience to its context, while the initial impression continues to dominate in all other contexts.
Interviewees should also be aware that initial impressions are not all about what is said, but also about what is done – in fact, according to studies by UCLA social psychology professor Albert Mehrabian, actual words account for only 7 percent of the message an individual conveys, with the remaining 93 percent coming from body language and tone of voice. And if someone’s verbal and non-verbal communication appears incongruent, humans are hard-wired to believe the non-verbal.
“A firm handshake exudes confidence and preparedness,” said neuropsychiatrist Julia Samton MD, director of Manhattan Neuropsychiatric PC. “In most professional and academic interviews, it is important to dress neatly and conservatively. However, you should think about what your interviewer will be wearing and match that level of formality or informality.
“There is some evidence that suggests that women who wear makeup are viewed as more likable and trustworthy. Speak clearly, maintain eye contact, and smile.”
First impressions can start even before the interview – or before an applicant has even landed an interview.
“First impressions absolutely start the second you have an interaction with a company,” said Elizaga. “Use proper grammar. Start emails on a positive note (“I hope this email finds you well”), and end them similarly (“Thank you. I look forward to seeing you”). Spell-check your resume and any communication (any!) Smile when you’re talking on the phone – they can hear that positive energy.”
Once an interview is scheduled, preparation is a must. A sound understanding of the position being applied for; the company concerned; the candidate’s own strengths and qualities; and, if possible, of the interviewer, can be deal makers or breakers.
“It is a good idea to spend time preparing for your interview by researching the company and interviewer on Google. This will help you to ask and answer questions,” Samton explained. “Reach out to your network to see if you can build a personal connection with someone at your company. Make sure you have rehearsed how your assets meet the qualifications of your potential position.”
Arriving 10 to 15 minutes before an interview can give a job candidate time to use the bathroom and collect themselves, but any earlier could make an odd impression on the receptionist or causew the interviewer to feel rushed.
“Live by your mantra,” said Elizaga. “Walk into the building with a mantra that keeps you positive and energized. Often these one-liners can help you stave off negative thoughts that might affect your ability to make an excellent impression.”
During the interview, candidates should try to mirror the pace and tone of their interviewer (assuming these are positive), and to exhibit enthusiasm without appearing overly excited or too grovellingly grateful.
“Think of this also as an excellent opportunity for the interviewer - they get to see your skills and talents and potentially have the pleasure of hiring you,” Elizaga continued. “There’s a fine balance. So be grateful and excited, but not so much that they think this is your only interview ever!”
As well as implementing all of the above, interviewees should make a mental note of what experts say are some absolute “no-no’s” during a job interview.
“Do not openly disagree with your interviewer,” said Samton. “Do not bad mouth old bosses or your current job.”
Elizaga warned against getting overly familiar (“Use language that you would use to talk to your older aunt”) or overly comfortable (“Don’t kick your feet up or ease back into the couch”).
“[Don’t] play the ‘name game’,” she cautioned. “Unless you know that whoever you’re bringing up is in good standing with the company, refrain from asking about them.”
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