Sharpening Your Interview Skills

Host: John Bradley
Guest Host: Tom Board

Introduction to “Sharpening Your Interview Skills

Get the conversation started with a simple introduction.  This principle works every time. As you enter the interview room, expect that the employer will begin asking you questions.  The purpose for the meeting is to learn about you.  You don’t know what you will be asked, so you try to prepare for most anything.  Let’s relax with the following approach. You will feel much more confident about your interview if you come prepared to say the following opening statement.  “Mr. Jones, thank you for your question, I am happy to answer that.  However would it be possible to review the five key job duties for the position so that I understand the position expectations?   From my research I have found the following duties are key…. Are there any further clarifications to these duties?”  If the employer edits the duties, you can be sure that the edits are a very important part of the job which you need to address.  Now, think how this simple technique helps you.  You come prepared with something to talk about for the first 5 minutes which doesn’t put you in the hot seat. By sharing what you have researched, you sound confident.  You also have a few more minutes to settle in and get adjusted to the interviewer and then allow the interviewer to get used to you.

Remember the Three Command Interview Questions. Be sure you have mastered these:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. What are your qualifications for this position?
  3. How did your last position prepare you for this opportunity?

Focusing on these key preparation guidelines will give you the confidence you need to succeed in your interviews.

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