The Best Ways to Interview


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The day has arrived of the dreaded interview.

Your C.V.'s been tracked by the ATS (Applicant Tracking System; not the latest terminator) and you now wait in either a physical, or virtual, waiting room.

How do you boss it in your own dining room? How do you clinch the role? 

Well, read on, because these are the best ways to interview. 

The Best Appearance Answers Questions

There's a psychological trait called the 'Halo Effect', which is where we like someone based purely on one aspect of them.

The manager sticking with the  colleague who makes them laugh, but is shoddy at their role? That's the halo effect.

The opposite is called the 'Horn Effect' - where we discard all a person's virtues and judge them, on a negative bias, because of one trait.

You could be the best applicant in the real or virtual waiting room, but if your appearance doesn't show respect for the role, interviewer(s) and the company you've applied for - you've unlikely to be remembered for anything else.

"Two things remain irretrievable: time and a first impression", Cynthia Ozick

The Confident stand out (even when sitting down)

Confidence sells. And in some aspects that's what an interview is: one big, whole-fire sale of what you have to offer.

There are a few ways to appear confident, even if your insides are jangling like spare change. They are:

"If you project a confident, credible, composed image, people will respond to you as if you are all those things", Barbara Pachter, The Essentials of Business Etiquette

Show that this is your best way

Interviewers look for that candidate who excites them with their energy, thoughts, and research for the role. Be positive and your chances of employment sky-rocket.

So, how to show eagerness for the role? How to show you're well-vested in their future? Well, here's a few things you can do:

Emphasise those Qualifications 

These got your through the door. Plastered on your C.V. the interviewer(s) already know you have them

Well, now's the time to show them off.

Don't let them be letters on a piece of paper. Use language, examples and answers that demonstrate that your qualified to be there.

Computer programmer? Then show them you know your strings from your graphical program.

Architect? Then speak in space and the post-industrial.

Project Planner? It's acceptance criteria and the acquisition process.

And Emphasise that Experience

Again, this is on your C.V. - but this is your chance to shine. So, just like those qualifications, show it off.

Let the interviewer(s) know, with examples that use the S.T.A.R method (more on that in a sec) this is all old hat. You could do it your sleep.

Answer the Best Way

All the above has brought you to this. How to answer the dreaded questions.

In terms of general questions, follow the positive structure of:

A method called S.T.A.R helps break-down the techniques on how best to shape your answers.

Situation: give context and set the scene.

Task: describe your role or responsibility in the situation.

Action: the pivotal part. Take time to explain how you handled the obstacle; show them how you conquered the problem.

Result: close the story with the positive outcome of your actions; as well as the lesson learned.

Salary expectations? answer with a number you feel comfortable that is based on real world data like area, company, and career level.

Flexibility? if needed within the role, show you're open to working out of the contracted hours, but also that you have life commitments (whatever they may be).

Some extra tips and tricks:

Andddd, that's it really. So, not too much to remember...

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