What's Your Disguise?


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Understanding how Anita Borg’s Impostor Syndrome influences your interviewing style.

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  • Hi I’m rebecca sliter and I’m a developer at TW.. Soon after joining I began doing interviews and I wanted to share with y’all……….
  • kickball
  • Studying for exam
  • Small talk at a party
  • Nerves about applying and interviewing for jobs
  • Have you ever felt that way? I was pretty nervous writing up this presentation It wasn’t so long since I was in college– how am I supposed to have all of this knowledge?
  • Feeling like a phony , like you’re just waiting for everyone to find you out Anita Borg Institute calls this the impostor syndrome Everyone feels like this! Affects women especially 95% sure versus 70% sure Compounded -- 2010– 18% of CS and Information Science degrees went to women -- Women tend to speak less when they’re in the minority - Especially relevant when starting a career -- New job, new environment
  • T ell someone next to you about yourself Then elevator pitch! For example……
  • Ask your friends to call you out when you misrepresent yourself in conversation Have someone who is good at self-promotion proofread your resume. Don’t assume you’re not qualified for a job! Let the recruiting team at a company figure that out for you– it doesn’t hurt to submit a resume. You really have to go in feeling like you are competent and prepared.
  • Talk with a friend! Listening to yourself talk about your accomplishments is a great way to feel mentally prepared. Learn to appreciate other people’s praise of you! Chances are, they’re able to see your abilities through a much more objective lens. Day of: - Read over that resume! Don’t you sound amazing? You really are that qualified! Make sure to focus on your strengths
  • Understand that an interview is a learning experience. No one is good at it in the beginning! You need to practice, and it’s okay to not always know the answer. Be optimistic!– see failures as one-offs rather than character flaws. This ability allows you to keep going! Keep interviewing. Additionally, try not to allow yourself to become stressed. Fight/flight mode Doesn’t help you appear composed
  • Companies realize you don’t have a ton of experience So what are they looking for? What do they have to go off of? Your potential Your experiences show that you have potential How do you show this off? Being able to talk through things. When you’re asked a question that doesn’t have a straightforward answer, or whose answer you don’t know, take the opportunity to show them how you think
  • Understand the company Ask questions. Do research beforehand. Be engaged!
  • Let your personality shine through above things will help Most importantly, be confident in your ability to grow. You can learn things! Think of everything you’ve learned since you started college. “ I’ve never felt qualified for any job I’ve ever had”
  • - You're interviewing THEM as well Find the right fit
  • Make a list of your priorities… Company culture Mission Type of work Potential for learning This is where research is so important! You can’t be expected to know what you want just as you’re joining the career force Understand what will make you stay at a company Is it in line with your career goals?
  • What's Your Disguise?

    1. 1. Whats your disguise? Understanding how Anita Borg’sImpostor Syndrome influences your interviewing style
    2. 2. Sound Familiar?Kickball
    3. 3. Sound Familiar?KickballStudying for exam
    4. 4. Sound Familiar?KickballStudying for examStruggling to make “small talk” at a party
    5. 5. Sound Familiar?KickballStudying for examStruggling to make “small talk” at a partyInterviewing anxiety
    6. 6. What is a Disguise?Do you have one?
    7. 7. What is a Disguise?Do you have one?Anita Borg Institute’s Impostor Syndrome
    8. 8. Elevator PitchWhy should the person next to you be hired?
    9. 9. How to Prepare Yourself…Recognize when you are downplaying your accomplishments
    10. 10. How to Prepare Yourself…Recognize when you are downplaying your accomplishmentsPractice, practice, practice
    11. 11. How to Prepare Yourself…Recognize when you are downplaying your accomplishmentsPractice, practice, practiceLearn from your interview!
    12. 12. Mock Interview SituationsGroups of four
    13. 13. Smiling, your interviewersays, “We don’t have a lot of women here!”
    14. 14. You’re asked a question you don’t know the answer to.
    15. 15. All six of your interviewers are men.
    16. 16. One of your interviewersdoesn’t seem interested ATALL in what you have to say.
    17. 17. You’re definitely qualified,but your interviewer seems to be downplaying your experience.
    18. 18. You aced the interview and received an offer! One catch: you’d like tonegotiate your salary before accepting.
    19. 19. What Companies Look ForPotential
    20. 20. What Companies Look ForPotentialEngagement
    21. 21. What Companies Look ForPotentialEngagementConfidence!
    22. 22. What are you Looking For?Make sure to interview them!
    23. 23. What are you Looking For?Make sure to interview them!List your priorities
    24. 24. Thanks For Listening! @rebeccasliter rsliter@thoughtworks.com
    25. 25. Referencestinyurl.com/is-geekftinyurl.com/is-huffingtontinyurl.com/is-linkedtinyurl.com/is-ealert