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Interviewing Stragey & TIps

Here are some strategic tips for intervening successfully.

Learn to think like a salesperson.  Put yourself in the shoes of your customer - the employer and your prospective boss - what would you want to know about a product or service before buying it?

It’s really a lot like dating if you can remember back that far.  Each party to the interview tells a little, a little more, without revealing too much, too soon.  It’s a strategy, really.  It worked in dating and it works in interviews.  A cautious, slower-to-reveal approach allows you to gauge what information should be revealed and when.
Nancy’s Cardinals Rules of Interviewing

Hundreds, and probably thousands of rules, guidelines, and guides have been written about how to interview successfully.  Some are more helpful than others.  However, ignoring the rules of interviewing listed below can hurt, if not ruin, your chance of getting the job!

Rule # 1    Never answer a question you don’t understand.

Rule # 2    When an interviewer asks you a question, figure out the purpose behind the question and then answer accordingly.

Rule # 3    Do not answer any question is a self-deprecating way.

Rule # 4    Exhibit a positive and appropriate attitude, manner, and energy level for the corporate culture  in which you are interviewing.

Rule # 5    Learn to listen to what’s being said, and for what’s not being said.


Rule # 6    Get comfortable with silence.  If the interviewer has stopped talking, don’t fill the void unless you have something meaningful to say that will help your candidacy.

Rule # 7    Sell what they’re buying!

Rule #8    Identify any skeleton(s) in your past and prepare an answer that puts it in its best light.

Rule #9    Never, never, never wing it! 

A 1st impression . . . is a lasting impression . . . if not a last impression.

Recently, I heard a job seeker - brand new to the task - state that “Interviewing is a confrontation.”  Right?  Wrong! 

Interviewing generally goes best when the interviewer and interviewee, or job seeker, view the interview as a conversation - not a confrontation.  In the more congenial atmosphere of a conversation, both parties can participate in the give-and-take of the normal flow of a conversation, each providing information and asking questions.  There’s less stress, and without the stress, both parties can be more relaxed, and share information more confidently.  In other words, both make a better first impression.

●  Consider every interaction/ meeting / greeting an interview.  You never knowwho you’re talking to.

● 4 C’s what are companies looking for

● 5 basic question types
 There are 1000s of I questions.  Whole book s are dedicated just to this.  So a job seeker can buy it and try to memorize them.  Or a job seeker can understnd that there are 5 basic areas in which you’ll be grilled.  Each comes with many questions but they are all trying to get at one thing.

So whether your first “interview” is a chance meeting at an event, a phone screen,

I recently heard a brand new job seeker make a comment that an interview is basically a confrontation. 

Most things in life go better if you know a little about them before jumping in with both feet and interviewing is no exception.  nterviewing before you take the plunge.  Understanding

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