It is true that interviewing for anything is an art. Maybe you’ve recently seen politicians being interviewed and you can visibly see them dancing around questions or successfully and usually unsuccessfully trying to spin their answers. The ones who do it well have mastered their craft.
Great interviews no matter what the field are often achieved through subtlety. There is always an objective to be achieved, an impression someone wants to portray, a position they are trying to convince people to take or in the job seekers case…actually that’s a good point, what is the true objective of someone being interviewed for a job? Obviously, to get the job but that’s where most of you go wrong, you never move past that determination and dig deeper.
The true question to ask ourselves is “What do we have to do to get the employer to take Action and pull the trigger?”
Do you know the answer? Luckily, I do.
The art of the interview and the subtlety of the process is a formula. I will encourage you to define exactly how these parts pertain to you individually and leave that up to your judgement.
WARNING: Some of the material may seem basic and common sense but I don’t think you are surprised about how many people lack common sense or commit the major mistake of having knowledge without implementing, which is useless.
Secret(meaning not so secret but most people fail to do) Interview Recipe:
1. Great Beginnings – Eye contact, firm handshake, smile and in a clear, confident voice say “Nice to meet you, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today.”
2. The Personality – Most people are confused as to how much personality they should reveal in an interview. They are worried about being too dry or overly personable and looking unprofessional. Ask yourself these questions and find the balance…
- Am I coming off as confident or cocky?
- Did I show a sense of humor or did I look goofy?
- Was I well-mannered or brown-nosing?
- Was I being positive or did I seem fake?
- Did I strive for excellence or try to look perfect?
- Did I prove I am well-rounded?
- Was I professional or up tight?
Most of us know the difference between all of these and could cite examples of how to execute each but the distinguished is in how subtle you handle each situation.
3. Bringing it Home – At the end of the interview, it is important no matter how well you think it went to finish strong. End with a combination of : Thanking them again, stating you enjoyed the process and look forward to impacting the organization. It is also advised to ask “What is the next step?”
Think about these concepts, rehearse you answers with a focus on being subtle and most important when the time comes implement and execute.
Michelangelo said it best, “A man paints with his brains not with his hands.”
If this was helpful in anyway, I ask you pass it along and share with others. There is no better way to impact each other and change our situation than to help.
By Christopher Sankey @DMSank