Interview Tips 4 – 5

Tip #4: Actively Listen & Passively Lead
Many candidates make the mistake of focusing entirely on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it, missing subtle cues and even obvious signals from their interviewer. Since success depends on satisfying your interviewer’s needs and not your own, knowing how they feel about your progress is vital, and can help you guide the interview in a more positive direction.

Discover How You’re Doing
The trick is to continue monitoring their body language, facial expressions, and questioning style to determine your progress throughout the interview. If they seem engaged and interested in your responses (plenty of eye contact, attention, and focus), then keep up the good work; if they instead seem bored and distracted (they yawn, look at their watch, or smirk) then increase your own energy and enthusiasm to bring them back. Their level of interest will vary, so pay attention and look for clues that will recommend the best way to continue.

Create Positive Energy
In addition to these non-verbal signs, the kinds of questions asked also say a great deal about where you stand. As a general rule, the more detailed the questions, the greater the level of interest. If the interest isn’t there, create it. For example, if you are asked about your previous job, don’t just say “Yes, I did that” – instead, describe the situation in detail, and the positive results you produced. Talk about your responsibilities, and make the results as numerical as possible: “I saved the company thousands,” or “I saved my boss ten hours of work a week.”

Tip #5: Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths
But what if they want to know about any mistakes you might have made? How can you avoid the pitfall of getting trapped into talking about your weaknesses?

Nobody is perfect, only liars. And liars are unethical creatures who, if found out, don’t get job offers. While tooting your own horn might come easy to most, admitting to imperfection without blowing the whole shot often proves far more challenging. On the one hand you have to be honest; on the other, you want to say things that won’t get in the way of you getting the job.

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