Sometimes we forget that the most effective interview techniques have to do with simple selling. You have to sell yourself using leadership skills and charm; the employer wants to know that you can fulfill the needs of the company and get along with everyone. Most of all remember – everything you do will send a signal.
The way you look and dress, use your hands, sit and stand and even the tone in your voice gives the employer insight into whom you really are.
I use the word “really” because we’re always on alert during an interview so the employer is looking for those intricate telltale signs that give more insight in the interviewee. A firm handshake, direct eye-to-eye communication and fidgeting tell a story all of its own.
There are 3 Critical interview techniques that you must remember
1. Passionately know the position you are interviewing for – this employer has received 10, 20, 50 maybe even hundreds of resumes for this same job so what makes you the perfect fit? He/she wants someone who can multi-task, take on this responsibility with competence and confidence.
Before any interview, prepare, prepare, prepare. What are the pertinent tasks required of this position? You should know how to do them and be able to speak about them with ease and confidence. Do not be vague. If you do not know something, now is the time to get a “dummies” book and review. It’s not always a problem when you don’t know how to do something – it’s how you deal with it. Let them know that you have beginner’s knowledge but you would like to learn more advanced tasks and you’re the hands-on type that learns quickly and takes the lead role.
2. Likeability – Your goal is to get the employer to like you; don’t be phony, just be yourself. If the employer likes you this commits him just a bit more. You ever hear managers in a meeting trying to decide whom to choose? There’s always one who says “but I like so-and-so; he’s easy-going, gets along with everyone.”
That should be one of your strong traits; smile naturally, not from fear but from confidence.
3. Learn something about the company you’re interviewing with – when you learn of the date and time of your interview the next thing you should do is Google the company. Find out everything you can, good or bad. If the company has bad press and your interviewer brings anything up about it, you can say “but every company is scrutinized at some point in time; you just take the good with the bad.” This answer really doesn’t commit you either way. You’re not saying you were swayed by the negative press or giving up any insight.
Learn any pertinent news about the company and create 2 questions. Has the company landed a new contract? Has the company opened a new location?
4. When the Interviewer ask if you have any questions, Ask Something! – This is an insightful trick. They want to find out what’s your mindset and see if you are passive.
As an interviewer I was always curious to see who would ask the insightful questions; these helped me narrow down the list and see who really wanted the job.
People who really want to pass the test will study and fight for the job; others are just going through the motions and interviewing to say they looked for a job.
5. Send a thank you letter by traditional mail or email – make them remember you. Give them your thanks for taking the time out to pick you to talk to and tell them how impressed you were with the company and whatever you learned about them.