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9 Interview Strategies That Work

        posted by , January 10, 2013

It's critical to have a strategy for every job interview.

You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.
~ Leon Trotsky
Choose a strategy that you're confident you can execute smoothly. The following strategies may help.

1. Lead from your strengths

Think about your strengths relative to the position. Identify 3 or 4 themes you want to communicate in the interview. Use your answers to continually communication your top themes.

2. Be candid

Years ago I was involved in setting up a new offshore development center. I conducted technical interviews of hundreds of candidates within a 6 month period.

When you interview people day in and day out — a little candor is refreshing. It tends to be the best candidates that feel comfortable with candor.

3. Be interested

Research the company. Think through the role. Let your curiosity run wild in the interview.

When you're genuinely interested in the position it will show. It's no fun to hire someone who's not excited about the role.

4. Tell stories

It's your job to keep the interviewers awake. Answer questions with engaging stories and they'll be hooked.

This takes some practice. Think about the greatest successes in your career and wrap them in narrative. Practice on a friend.

5. Walk the line

There's a fine line between exaggerating and looking at your career in a positive light. You want be positive without sounding phony.

6. Meet an old friend

People tend to like people who like them. Go into the interview as if you're meeting an old friend. If you can actually imagine that the interviewers are old friends it will help. This technique will also relax you.

7. Be yourself

A little personality makes you more likable and memorable.

8. Pain focus

Seek to understand the problems the employer wants the ideal candidate to solve. With your answers, demonstrate your ability to solve the right problems.

9. Work hard

Do your research into the company. Work with as many sample interview questions as you can find.

This article is part of the ongoing series: how to win your next job.


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