do I prepare for an interview ... ?
To help you more successfully discuss your
features, accomplishments, and benefits, think of your upcoming
interview as a meeting and an opportunity for others to get
to know you better. All you need is a little mental preparation.
are tips and suggestions to make your meetings easier
Tips To Build Confidence And Enhance Your Answers To Questions
- Prepare yourself before the interview
with a coach
Visualize the experience
- Try to predict and anticipate questions
you may be asked - Don't act surprised - act prepared!
· Why do you want to leave your present position?
· What do you really want to do?
· What's right with what you have?
· What's wrong with what you have?
- If you need time to think before giving
an answer -
· Begin with a generalization - or -
· Begin by rephrasing the question - then move quickly
to your answer
- Relax, pause, concentrate, and gather
your thoughts -
· Take a breath, think, then speak; stay calm
- Decide quickly what you want to talk
· Commit yourself to that choice
· Don't change topics or opinions in mid-answer
· Give 2 or 3 examples of supporting evidence
· Don't get off the subject; ask involvement questions
"Would you like further explanation of that, or would
you prefer to go on to another area?"
· LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE!
- Make eye contact - Focus on person(s)
with whom you're speaking
- Use one of the following suggested
outlines when giving your response - Think, then talk
of outlines to use when answering questions
When you have a mental outline to follow,
you can talk comfortably. The following outlines are organizational
tools that will help you arrange your thoughts and answers.
Use the one that works best for you, depending on the question
- Don't answer hypothetical questions with
hypothetical answers - use a similar situation. "This
is why it's similar
. This is what I did
was the result
- Break a problem or situation into its components
and discuss each one in relation to the position being sought.
- Preview, detail, and then summarize your
answer. For example: "My strengths, as I see them,
are in 3 major areas. They are 1, 2, 3. The 1st one
The 2nd one
. The 3rd one
- State a problem you encountered-show its
causes-and then talk about how you resolved it.
- Describe a process of problem solving by
showing examples of similar activity in which you have been
- Remember to use - P * R * E * P -
· give your Point of view
· give your Reasons
· show specific Examples
· restate your Point of view
We all believe we can meet the requirements of the position
for which we are interviewing. But the truth is that realistic
hiring decisions, especially where there are multiple candidates,
are not made on what you think you'll be able to do
for the person with whom you are meeting --
The decision to choose you is usually made on
how quickly the hiring authority believes you'll be able to
transfer your knowledge and experiences to this new
The question in the mind of all hiring managers is:
"Can you help me solve my problems?"
The better you know what the problems or job responsibilities
are, and the better you provide a clear picture of how you
can solve those perceived problems and meet the job responsibilities,
the more likely you'll become the candidate of choice and
get the job offer.