16 Ways to Ace the InterviewNovember 3rd, 2008 by dave
Phil Rosenberg’s Interview like a Rock Star at Secrets of the Job Hunt gives 16 excellent points on coming across like a “rock star” candidate in an interview. He breaks the process down into two main sections: preparation and execution. Here’s a quick summary; click through to the full article for details.
- Ask yourself what challenges the company is likely to face along the way. What problems are likely to arise that your Subject Matter Expertise can uniquely solve.
- Write a Rock Star resume - one that presents a solution to problems your target company faces. Throw out the old biographical resume.
- Bait your resume with a few partial statements, and leave your audience curious to learn more, helping you to control the interview by what you’ve left out of your resume.
- Ask questions to draw out problems and implications - of problems you can uniquely solve.
- Anticipate - What questions will the interviewer ask you? Practice answering questions in a positive manner, while still telling the truth.
- Dress the part
- Open - Stand tall, maintain eye contact, smile, and use a firm handshake.
- Initial impressions count - people form an initial impression of you in the first 30 seconds.
- Control the interview
- Eye contact - Maintain eye contact while talking.
- You control the interview and demonstrate both Subject Matter Expertise and leadership by asking questions.
- Turn negatives to positives
- Close - Closing techniques will take a number of future posts to cover. In general, close by gaining some sort of feedback, and time/action commitment to next steps.
- Re-Close - Send a thank you note.
Check out Phil’s ReCareered blog - great resume and job hunting info.