Report: Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine, 295 Dead MH17

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 passengers and crew was shot down today along the border between Ukraine and Russia. Interfax also cites Ukraine’s Interior Ministry advisor as saying all aboard the plane have died.

Per Interfax, the plane, which was reportedly flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down at 32,000 feet. Reuters is reporting that the plane did not enter Russian airspace when expected and was taken down by a missile. Malaysia Airlines has not yet confirmed what would be one of the gravest disasters in aviation history, though the airline has said that it lost contact with the plane. That said, a source has told Reuters that a Malaysia Airlines plane has been found burning in Eastern Ukraine.

The below video, though currently unverified, purports to show smoke billowing from the site of the crash.

Source: Gawker

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Interview Tips for When You’re an Introvert

 Lauren Campbell

Interviews are stressful for everyone, but for introverts, they can be particularly daunting. Introverts tend to find social interactions draining, are more reserved, and don’t enjoy being the center of attention–all traits that can get in the way of “selling yourself” for hours at a time. If you tend to be more introverted, here are a few tips to help you not only put your best foot forward, but also highlight your introverted qualities as strengths.

Know Your Talking Points, and Practice Delivering Them

It’s important for everyone to prepare answers to the usual interview questions, as well as to have plenty of personal examples on hand. But knowing what you’re going to say, and saying it eloquently during a stressful interview, can be entirely different things, particularly for introverts. Practicing your answers out loud can make a world of difference. You can rehearse with a friend, so that you get used to making eye contact and speaking conversationally, or by yourself, so that you can keep answering the same question until it comes out just right. The idea isn’t to memorize your answers, but to become so comfortable with talking about your experiences that you appear confident–not stressed–during the real interview.

Have More Questions Ready than You Think You’ll Need

It’s always a good idea to prepare more questions than you think you’ll need, but it can be crucial for introverts. I have been on several interviews where the interviewer wasn’t prepared, so for more than half the interview, it was up to me to ask the questions and keep the conversation going. If you’re an introvert, this may sound like a nightmare, but it can actually be a good thing if you have a long list of questions ready. You’ll spend the interview talking less, listening more, and showing off how much research you’ve done. Pay attention when your interviewer is answering and try to think of follow-up questions. The interview will turn into a two-way conversation in no time!

Use Powerful Body Language

A first impression is not just about what you say, but about how you present yourself. No matter how nervous you are, having a firm handshake and maintaining eye contact, are small efforts that can make you instantly seem confident.

But did you know that you can use body language to help you feel more confident too? And that you should pay attention to your body language before the interview even begins? Amy Cuddy, in her Ted Talk “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” makes the argument that your body can change your mind–that is, if you engage in powerful body language, you will actually start to feel powerful (it’s a chemical thing). So before you go in for the interview–be it in the bathroom, elevator, the sidewalk around the corner, whatever works–hold a power pose. This quick “life hack” will make you feel more confident in just two minutes.

Keep Your Energy Up

Participating in back-to-back interviews, where you have to be energetic and engaged for hours at a time, can be exhausting. To keep my energy up, I always bring a small snack with me–my favorites are energy bars and chocolate covered nuts. You’ll want something with sugar and protein, that won’t make a mess or stick in your teeth, and that you can eat quickly if you have a minute alone between interviews.

Share Your Strengths, and Don’t Psych Yourself Out

You may feel that being introverted can be a disadvantage during interviews, but if you follow these quick tips, you’ll be interviewing like a pro. The key is not to psych yourself out; don’t forget that you not only have the capacity to do well in an interview, but you have a lot to offer the company. As an introvert, you’re a great listener, you’re detail-oriented, and you’re very thoughtful. You just have to make sure that your interviewer sees your strengths, so give examples, explain why you’re the right fit, and as always, remember to express your enthusiasm for the job.

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