There aren't many jobs you can get today that don't require an interview. If a company is willing to hire just anyone, that's cause for concern. That said, interviewing can feel as uncomfortable as public speaking - which we've all been told ranks as the second biggest fear in life, next to death. I teach job seekers there are four A's to acing an interview. And, there's one in particular that can help you transform the uncomfortable Q & A format of an interview, into something more relaxed and enjoyable.
Asking for Input
Today, employers love to ask what's called 'behavioral questions.' They are open-ended questions that require you to give more than a simple, one-word answer. Their goal is to listen intently to how you explain a complex situation, task, or challenge in order to assess if your personality, aptitude and experience will fit in their company. When you answer one of these types of questions, you can close by asking the hiring manager's own experience with the situation as a way to A) give yourself a break from talking, and B) give the hiring manager a chance to share what they are thinking. This creates a bond between you and the hiring manager because you get to show what a great listener you are and that you can relate to what they share.
If the hiring manager asks you to tell him about a time when you failed on the job and how you handled it. At the end of your explanation, you could close by saying,
"It's always so hard to talk about our failures, but I do feel it's the best way to learn. Can you share with me some of the failures people who have had this role before me have made and how they overcame them?"
Can you see how this would give the hiring manager a chance to tell you what kind of mistakes he doesn't want you to make and how to avoid them?
Hiring Managers Hire People They Feel Comfortable With
Acing the interview involves some careful planning and strategy. Getting a hiring manager feeling comfortable talking to you must be part of that plan if you want to stand out and get the job. Using the technique above can help you put yourself and the hiring manager at ease. The more you can create a dialog instead of an inquisition, the more confident the hiring manager will feel you are right for the job. And, the better the chances you'll be able to tell if the job is right for you!