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Jul. 24th, 2007 | 03:19 am
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posted by: chwheeler in acadec

Hello!  I'm CHWheeler, an Arizona Decathlete.  For some reason it has never occured to me to look for an AcaDec comm before.  The upcoming school year is my senior year and will be my 4th year of competing.  (I've been to every district and regional competition since freshman year.)

I do pretty good up until the Interview portion.  I can't seem to make the judges happy!  If I try not to be stiff, I fidget.  When I try not to fidget, they complain that I'm too stiff!  Anyone have advice?  (Impromtus are a bit tricky also, but atleast I'm moving around instead of sitting.)

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from: nevarren
date: Jul. 25th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)

I'm a big fidgeter, too. When I used to do the interviews (and when I do job interviews now), I'd always let most of my body do whatever it wanted, but keep my legs on the ground and my hands close to each other on a table (if there's one involved), or on top of each other on one leg. That keeps me from the most distracting types of fidgeting but allows me to keep my body relatively loose.

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from: chwheeler
date: Jul. 27th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. When I practice, I don't let myself keep my lanyard on. That cuts back on a LOT of the fidgeting. Unfortunately, you have to wear that dumb lanyard at competition. The hands on legs will help.

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i can has lj?

from: strangiatotheme
date: Jul. 25th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)

Pretty much what nevarren said. I would pick a spot for my hands and legs, keep them there, and forget about the rest. It was the stupid questions that would always throw me though, like what I "thought about the continuing trade imbalance between the U.S. and China." Shadow Mountain judges, uhg.

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from: abunai
date: Jul. 26th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)

Our classic practice question involves the growing solidarity of the European Union and its effects on the global economy. We always have our practice judges ask it, just to screw with the new people, or the people that really hate interview. It's hilarious (speaking as a judge).

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from: chwheeler
date: Jul. 27th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)

I think I got that question. I skipped it. And then I got the classic question of "Who from your studies would you invite to dinner and why?" I think EVERYONE said Mao Zedong. (Except for the few people who could remember someone else while under pressure.)

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