Five essential interview disciplines
The more a worker interviews, the more practice and skilled a worker becomes in interviewing. The following list of techniques provides a quick list of fundamental considerations to review the day before and immediately prior to an interview.
1.) Demonstrate Initiative.
Show you are a professional by doggedly pursuing leads, information, current events, company research, interest, and showing enthusiasm, optimism, and urgency – without overindulgence and the perception of nuisance.
Preparation must be exhaustive and comprehensive. Research is a critical component in preparing for an interview. The more, the better, there is no waste in preparation. Learn all there is to know about the company, industry, hiring manager, culture, business, values, mission, financial health, negative press, legal or financial problems, and why you want to interview with the company for the position.
Technically, analyze the job description and modify your resume, position statement, and verbal talking points directly and specifically related to the company, hiring manager’s need, problem resolution, and your value.
3.) Communicate the Sale.
Prepare and practice communication skills. Talk directly and use adequate eye contact without staring. Listen, smile, respond, and take notes. Never ramble. Prepare and practice personal grooming and flawless, professional wardrobe. Bring: a positive attitude, optimism, briefcase, planner, pens, paper, time piece, resume, personal information, references, and plenty of copies on quality bonded paper. Clear your head and visualize success.
Role play and practice your performance. From your research and preparation, know why you are in the interview, why you are the candidate of choice, and your accomplishments and strengths that sell the hiring manager your work product, emotional intelligence and fit. Eliminate negativity. Go with your strengths and close the interview with sincere knowledge that your product is best. Ask for the position – you finished in first place, you deserve the gold and the podium.
5.) Demonstrate Social Acumen.
Fit. Likeability. Always listen to the interviewer. At the proper moment, succinctly, directly, and confidently, describe the relevant, major accomplishment in your profile to the interviewer. Never ramble on, get to the point in thirty to sixty seconds maximum. Smile and utilize eye contact that eases the hiring manager. Find and partner with personal connections. If all else is equal, a personal connection vaults one candidate over another. Immediately follow up all conversations with all interviewers with personal, hand-written, thank you letters.