4 Powerful Interview Techniques
In this article I am going to provide you with 4 very powerful interview techniques that are guaranteed to help you pass your job interview.
Interview technique 1 – Effective communication.
This is all about how you speak to the interview panel, and also how you listen to what they have to say.
When responding to the interview questions you should speak clearly and concisely, avoiding all forms of waffle, slang or hesitations such as ‘erm’. Look at each interview panel member when answering each question. Even though an interview question will be asked by one member of the panel at a time, you should always respond to the entire panel collectively. Look them in they eyes when speaking to them but never stare them out. This will only portray you in an aggressive or confrontational manner.
If you are unsure about a response to an interview question then just be honest. Consider saying something along the lines of:
“I’m sorry I do not know the answer to that question. I will look the answer up as soon as I get back home and contact you to let you know the answer.”
If they accept this response, make sure you do research the response and contact them to let them know.
When the interview panel are speaking to me, or if they are asking me a question, I will always demonstrate good listening skills. This means that I will use facial expressions to show that I am taking onboard what they are saying and I will also nod to show them that I understand the question(s).
Interview technique 2 – Body language and posture.
Whilst sat in the interview I will always make a conscious effort to sit upright and not slouch in the chair. I personally like to use my hands to emphasise points when responding to the questions but I will be careful not to overdo it. Even if the interview is going great and you are building up a good rapport with the panel, don’t let your standards drop. Always maintain good body language and posture for the duration of the interview.
Interview technique 3 – Final questions.
Before I attend the interview I will always think of two questions to ask the panel at the end. However, don’t be trapped in the thinking that you must ask questions. It is acceptable to say:
“Thank you but I don’t have any questions. I have already carried out lots of research and you have answered some of my questions during the interview.”
Some people believe that you must ask three, four or even five questions at the end of the interview – this is total nonsense. Remember that the interview panel will have other people to interview and they will also need time to discuss your performance.
If you do decide to ask questions then make sure they are relevant.
Interview technique 4 – Creating a positive final impression.
I have already discussed this during a previous section. I believe that a final positive statement can work wonders:
“I just want to say thank you for inviting me along to interview. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and I have learnt a tremendous amount about your company. If I am successful then I promise you that I will work very hard in the role and I will do all that I can to surpass your expectations.”
I recommend that you implement the above 4 tips into your interview preparation and your chances of success will increase tenfold.