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Using Improv Comedy Techniques for Better Job Interviews

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6:00-8:00pm  Hubbard Room
Melanie Szlucha

Everyone has a fear in the back of their mind that they’ll get one of those “brain teaser” job interview questions…the “if you could be a brick in a wall, what brick would you be?” The worst thing to do in that situation—or any job interview, is to completely freeze and have no response. Improv comedy techniques have little to do with being funny, but everything to do with really listening to what other people are saying before responding, and learning to trust your instincts. This skill is applicable in networking events and job interviews to teach job seekers to focus on what they’re being asked instead of simply responding with something that matches their personal agenda. Making a genuine connection with the listener is key to building rapport and trust which can lead to additional opportunities or even a job.

This class is a series of group exercises that gets people working together, learning how to listen and be “in the moment” and how to focus their networking message. We’ll also work on responding quickly to unexpected situations.

Please register at the Information Desk or call 860-347-2520.

Ongoing Programs

Russell Library Job Group

Take the opportunity to network with other job seekers, as well as get the advice of expert professionals. Guest speakers will focus on the job market and provide industry information. The group meets 9:30-noon on Thursdays in The Hubbard Room. 

Practice Interviewing

Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your face-to-face practice interview at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential. 45 minute sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.

Job Coaching Appointments

James Kubat , Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will offer individual career coaching sessions.  All appointments are confidential and can be arranged in person at the Information Desk or by calling 860-347-2520.  Please bring a resume if you have one.  You will receive a reminder call a week in advance.  We ask that you confirm your appointment within 3 days of that call.  To cancel an appointment, please call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520 at least 48 hours ahead of time so that another job seeker may be served. 

Resume Review and Interview Coaching

Business professional Jeff Thierfeld offers in-depth resume review and interview coaching.  Sessions are held three Saturdays each month.  To sign up for a 1 hour appointment call 860-347-2520.  If you need to cancel, please allow 48 hours notice. We ask that you bring your resume (printed out or saved on a flash drive).

Practice Phone Interviews

This service is being offered by Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Phone interviews are a fundamental part of the job search process and need to be treated as seriously as the face-to-face interview. Improve your interviewing skills without leaving the comfort of your home. Bob Carlson will call you at your location and scheduled time. ½ hour sessions are available. Please call (860) 347-2520 for more information and to sign up.  

Much gratitude is due to our presenters, who contribute their valuable time and talents to Russell Library’s Career Program.

We also owe many thanks to our sponsors, whose generous support makes it all possible:

  • Middletown Community Development Block Grant
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • The Friends of the Russell Library

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