Successful interview techniques
An interview is one of the key stages of a job search. After all, it is during the interview that we first come face to face with the employer. And if our task as an applicant is to make a favorable impression, the employer sets completely different goals for himself. Of course, the recruiter will evaluate your professional competencies. But, in addition, your interlocutor will pay attention to your behavior during the interview.
Since employers are aware that candidates are preparing and think over the “correct” answers in advance, they often resort to various psychological techniques during interviews. Therefore, if it seems to you that “something went wrong” during the interview, then it does not seem to you. The recruiter is deliberately testing you to see your true face.
So, what should the applicant be ready for?
The long wait is used by the employer to see how you will behave and what to do while you wait for the interview to begin. As a rule, the interview is “delayed” by 30-60 minutes. And sometimes longer. It happens that the employer, on the contrary, “postpones” the interview time to an earlier date and asks you to arrive early. The purpose of such manipulations is not to knock the ground out from under your feet, but to test your flexibility and stress resistance.
You were not offered to take off your outerwear? Is the chair loose? Is the room too loud? Are there 5 more candidates for the same vacancy waiting for the recruiter? Is the interview taking place in the stairwell because all the meeting rooms are occupied? It is likely that the employer deliberately created such conditions. Try to remember the “correct” answer in this setting.
The conversation is on general topics and can you safely share your valuable opinion? Do not flatter yourself! This is where the trap lies. Your interlocutor projects everything you said onto you. Therefore, answer all questions about other people (“What do people like about work?”, “Why can a person quit?”) With special accuracy and tact.
Unlike projection, provocation is a “head-on attack of the interview.” There will be no beating around the bush. Direct, tough and often just unpleasant questions will definitely not leave you indifferent (“What is wrong with you if you were fired?”, “What are you sick with?”, “I was already at your age!” So exhale and don’t get fooled! Otherwise the turnout fails.
Competent preparation is the key to success
It is obvious that not only strong nerves, but also knowledge of these very techniques will help us to pass all the “traps” of the employer. Forewarned is forearmed! And preparation here is not even 50%, but all 70% of success!
Before the interview:
- google all the necessary information about the company and vacancies;
- studying our interlocutor (profile on LinkedIn, publications in professional publications, posts in social networks, etc. to help you);
- evaluating employer value proposition and company feedback (you can navigate to Glassdoor);
- schedule one interview per day. This will give you the opportunity to tune in to communicate with the employer. Then you won’t be afraid of any postponements and delays in the interview time;
- we plan the route in advance, taking into account possible traffic jams, etc. We are not late. Accuracy is the courtesy of kings.
And after the interview:
- Thank you for your time and interview opportunity;
- we agree to receive feedback on the results of the interview (who and to whom, when and how);
- write a follow-up letter.
We use psychological techniques in the interview
Two people are involved in the interview (this one at least). Therefore, not only the employer, but also the applicant can use psychological techniques in the interview. And our task is not to deceive, but to help the interlocutor “recognize” in us the very only candidate for the desired position.
- “Everything in good time”
The timing of the interview matters. Do not delude yourself that only you were called. Therefore, it depends on how memorable you are to the recruiter whether you make it to the next round. And usually the first and last interviews are remembered. Monday is a hard day. Friday is almost Saturday. Therefore, it is best to schedule your interview in the middle of the week. Ideally in the morning. But evening is fine too.
- Friend or Foe
They are greeted by clothes. Therefore, in order for you to be recognized and taken for your own, in advance find out about the features of the dress code or its absence in the company. It is better to choose a color scheme corresponding to the corporate identity of the company. Ideally, you should be “like” both your interlocutor and the “average” employee in your department.
- “Fear the Danians, who bring gifts”
Pre-print and give your resume to the recruiter at the interview. Here we kill two birds with one stone. First, the pose of our interlocutor automatically becomes open. And it will be easier for him to receive information from us. Secondly, he took something from us. And subconsciously he will consider himself to be obliged to thank us.
Remember that an interview is a great opportunity to get to know the company better. Yes, we never get a second chance to make a first impression. But, if you think that the employer played into a psychologist and crossed the boundaries in his experiments, feel free to declare it!
Not only you, but you also choose the employer. And the attitude towards applicants largely shows the attitude towards future employees of the company. Therefore, honest and trusting relationships can and should be built from the first interview!