Successful Interviewing

Be Concise

Do not ramble. This is a common mistake that occurs during the interviewing process. It is imperative to listen to the question, answer the question, and answer the question concisely. So many people fail to understand this. They are asked a specific question during the interview and they go off on a tangent. They might think that the interviewer wants to hear what they’re saying, but the question remains unanswered. This is a red flag to the person conducting the interview. Focus on the question asked and be concise.

Provide Examples

It is one thing to say you can do something; it’s another to give examples of things you have done. Come with a detailed description that includes examples of the work you have done. Thoughtfully anticipate the questions a recruiter might ask based on the requirement of the role. Think of recent strong, strategic examples of work you have actually done. When the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities. You should say, ‘Yes, I’ve done that before. Here’s an example of a time I did that and go into detail with specifics. Verify that you did answer the question provided by the interviewer.

Be Honest

Somehow, candidates get the impression that a good technique is to dance around difficult interview questions. “If you don’t have a skill, just state it. Do not try to cover it up by talking and giving examples that are not relevant. You are much better off saying you do not have that particular skill but perhaps you do have some related skills, and you are happy to tell them about that if needed. Inform the potential employer that you have the ability to learn quickly and would be willing to obtain the training necessary to fulfill that need.

Be Aware

Recruiters can be divided into two groups. There are those who are very straight-laced and serious. It is important for job seekers to take the process seriously. Keep in mind; however, there are also the recruiters who appear to want to be your “best friend. Their technique is to put the interviewee at ease trying to glean as much information as possible. Be aware of this tactic. Do not divulge too much information. Maintain your professionalism.

Ask Great Questions

Come prepared with good questions. Nothing impresses a prospective employer more than a dynamic question that not only shows you have researched the company in general, but also the specific job you are hoping to land. This shows you have done your homework.

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