Some of you tell me that interviewing is easy and say, “I’m good at it.” Others haven’t done it recently or express their concerns and say “I’m feeling extremely anxious” or ‘I don’t like hearing that I’m overqualified.’ I believe that all of us benefit from learning and committing to improvements.
What will help you improve your interviewing results – making terrific connections and getting a great job offer? The word interviewing, itself, begins with in which offers us advice:
Be in the moment! This is about focusing on the present. While an interview will quite naturally focus on the past – experiences and accomplishments, and on some future potentials and possibilities, it should emphasize the present – their requirements and your contemporary and current qualifications. Being `in’ also suggests paying attention and listening, and not being distracted, distant or disrespectful. Do you silence your phone? Look at and listen to the interviewer? Smile? Do you go to interviews with sound research completed as well as with curiosity and some questions prepared for them?
Be interesting! Provide relevant examples and remarkable stories in answer to questions and bring out some of your valuable traits and talents [use your Success Profile, the helpful tool]. Extensive, repetitive explanations and lengthy stories should be avoided. Often the interviewer is intent on covering many topics with questions and won’t benefit from too much detail. Many believe that how you respond is more important than what you say. Consider bringing an appropriate `prop’ to the interview, such as a book on a topic of potential interest to the interviewer. Let the interviewer observe it and ask about it. Also, use your non-verbal strengths from eye contact to smiling and posture to affirm your qualifications.
Be interested! Your prepared and follow-up questions help turn an interview into dialogue – a successful conversation. When you ask a question, listen. Exchange business cards to get the interviewer’s contact information and attention, and don’t forget to bring pen and paper to take notes. Then review for follow-up actions including a `Thank you – I’m interested’ message.
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