Interview techniques

To stammer, sweaty hands those are problems from the past, nowadays you don't have to avoid get nervous or look insecure, in fact you must become an exceptional candidate by preparing properly and considering establish some interview techniques.

Although the prospect of having to meet new people and impress them might cause anxiety , it's something you can and you should learn; with the correct information, study, and practice you can become in the person any recruiter would like to hire, so it's an powerful tool that will help you get the job you want.

Practice

The more interviews you can have, the more experience you'll earn. It's important to focus all this experiences on the type of job and type of employers related to your career goals, you need to do some research in order to scan the horizon in that way the resume will show clearly your interests.

Having a great number of interviews, whether they were successful or not will help you to make a stronger professional network, especially if you caused a good impression. This network will open the doors to unexpected opportunities.

Learn to share your story

There are many ways to present oneself, but there's no better way to help people understand who you're than a story. One of the interview techniques in this case is to have yours prepared before the interview and practice how to say it; it should include what you've learned, some achievements, failings, goals, etc; make it interesting and it'll give you confidence during the interview. To prepare it properly you must think in the major events and organize those ideas, focusing in the meaningful moments, emphasizing in things that makes you feel passion and showing how this reflect on where you are today.

It's important to practice your story as you finish it, and look for the opinion of other people, as you repeat it loud you'll notice that your story was not made only for coincidences or random events, you had a past and your future is brilliant.

You can use this technique when the interviewer asks you to tell him/her about yourself.

Research and prepare for each interview

Before the interview you don't have to only see the website of the company, you need to understand the employer and why he/she is hiring because it's for sure that he/she is seeking for someone to give a solution to a problem. It's your homework to analyze the organization and how you can be of great value in the challenges or opportunities they face.

You can talk about how you responded and recovered in past jobs to situations similar to those the company is facing, a time where you worked on a team and what that contribution was, failures and how you overcame them, etc.

You can use the strong network you should have to research for information about the interviewer and look for things in common with you; it gets easier with technologies and social networks nowadays such as Linkedln.

Once you have all information you can, it'll be helpful to orient your story in function on the company you are applying, their problems and goals.

Constant Preparation

You'll see that there are different types of interviews, from those that lasts few minutes to other formal meetings, or lunch interviews, etc; whether might be the interview in which you'll participate you must be ready to demonstrate you're the person they company needs and is looking for; that's why preparation is so important.

Preparation must include information and study, practice and discipline, a feedback to correct your mistakes and we cannot forget about your appearance and other tools such as resumes and additional references. At this part we must recommend you to let your references (network) you're about to have an interview because they could receive a surprise with a call from a potential employer; it's important that your references could be relevant for the job and company, and you have a good relationship with them.

Make your interview into a dialogue

Usually interviewees talk more than they should during the interview, because it's said that you must follow the rule of 70/30 (you talk 70% of the interview) but it's incorrect. The best way to make an interview is to make it interactive, a 50/50 dialogue that could help you organize your ideas and find some common ground between you and the interviewer, remember that it's a dialogue more than a performance.

Make powerful impressions

It's not only at the beginning or at the end of the interview you should cause good impressions, either on a face-to-face interview or a phone interview you should make the interviewer remember you on a memorable way, some useful techniques to cause this are:

Using power statements use a confident voice along the entire interview and keep the eye contact.