During an interview, you have twin goals – one, you need to convince the hiring manager you are the best person for the job, and two, you need to outperform all of the other job candidates. What can you do to improve your interview skills to accomplish these two objectives? Here are some tips.
1. Hire an experienced career coach.
A good interview coach will put you through your paces with practice interviews. He or she will help you learn how to answer the tough interview questions, as well as avoiding pitfalls and saying the wrong thing.
Yes, it will cost money. But if you get the job, the fee will be well worth it.
2. Prepare your stories.
The technique of talking about problems you have confronted and how you solved them goes by different acronyms. One is STAR, which stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Another is SARB, which stands for Situation, Action, Result, Benefit. No matter what the name, the idea behind it is the same. You are giving an example of a problem situation that you were faced with. You are then describing what action you took to solve the problem, what the result was and how it benefited the company.
You should have stories in your quiver ready to go for the interview.
3. Do your research
This is Interviewing 101. It is absolutely essential. In fact, you cannot do too much research. You need to show the hiring manager that you understand the company and the problems it faces on different levels, both small and large scale.
The more you know about the company, the more the hiring manager will see you as someone who belongs there.
4. Learn as much as you can about the interviewer.
Use the connections you have made through social media with such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to find out as much as you can about the person or people who will be interviewing you. This may give you valuable information about what abilities and skills are important to them.
It may also enable you to learn about their background. You may be able to find some common interests or experiences that will help you to establish a rapport with them. Hiring managers are generally more apt to hire people with whom they have established a connection.