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Whether at a job interview or an informal meeting, you'll be judged by the way you handle questions, especially the tough ones. "Questions are a sign of interest in your work, not an attack of it," says Guadagno.
If, at a presentation, someone asks you a question you don't know the answer to, it's OK to admit that.
For presentations at conferences or other talks in front of a group, practicing your delivery is always a smart move.
"You should practice in front of others," Johnson says.
"Neat, professional attire will always win out," she says."Make a cheat sheet to remind you of the work of each person who interviews you," says Rosanna Guadagno, Ph D, a University of Alabama psychology professor."Keep it in your bag or briefcase and refresh your memory on restroom breaks." Not only will this make you better equipped to anticipate questions, but the effort will show that you care enough about the opportunity to prepare.If you speak slowly and calmly, you will appear more confident than would otherwise be the case.The same goes for making eye contact instead of constantly looking down at notes.It's natural to feel intimidated if you're talking to a famous scientist at a conference or explaining your study to a roomful of seasoned researchers, but don't let your anxiety show.Take deep breaths and remember that you know more about your research than anyone else, says India Johnson, a social psychology grad student at Ohio State University."Going through several rounds of edits and practicing the talk so it is polished is a must." People love to talk about themselves, so you may find that you can sail through an interview by simply asking insightful questions about others."The key to a great interview — and to getting people to like you in general — is to show that you think they are important," says Christine Whelan, Ph D, sociology professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who studies impression management."Show employers interest in their company as well as what you can do for them, and you'll go a long way toward making yourself their top choice for the job." To do that, pay attention when others speak.Make eye contact, nod and don't interrupt or finish others' sentences.