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5 Effective Interview Techniques

The interview process is your first introduction to your perspective company. By developing a connection with the interviewee; you can stand out among the rest of the candidates. Remember, most job interviewers want you to succeed, you will be making their day a lot easier if you turn out to be the right candidate. Here are five of the best interview techniques to help you clinch the job of your dreams.


What makes you stand out from the crowd?

People tend to conclude that their lives are similar to other candidates, meaning they don’t sell themselves particularly well in the interview process. But your story can be better than you think. Look back through your life and reflect on pivotal moments and experience. The way you’re your life as evolved; the things you have learned, your achievements, failings, and dreams.

Once you have a well thought out story, you will realise you are a lot more interesting than you believe, and sharing this story is a powerful interview technique. So learn to tell your story and tell it well, especially for interviewing and networking purposes. Putting together your story takes a lot of work and practice. However, the benefits to you and to your career are enormous.

Applying your story to relevant and potential questions in the interview are critical. Think about personal stories that show how you handled change, made choices under pressure, or learned lessons from mistakes and failures. You should also think about stories you can tell in the interview that reveals your skill set.


Body Language

While the content of your interview responses is paramount, effective forms of body language can be neglected. Your body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived, and so you have to be aware of it from the moment you step through the door.

Effective forms of body language include smiling, making eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.  Whereas Negative forms of body language include slouching, daydreaming, playing with a pen, fidgeting in a chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum and mumbling.


Overcome Stress

Interviews tend to be awkward, perhaps nerve-wracking experiences. One simple trick to get more comfortable: Imagine the interviewer as someone you share many of the same interests with, not necessarily a friend, but someone you enjoy talking with. Remember, they are rooting for you. If the interviewer seems very formal, this is probably because they are doing the job the way they believe it to be done, imagine that they are nervous and concentrate on putting him at ease. If the interviewer  seems unfriendly, tell yourself it is because he or she has difficulty with the situation, respond calmly and pleasantly.


Ask the interviewer insightful questions.

Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. A smart interviewee prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. Interesting question to include:

  • How would you describe the general culture of the company and the workplace?
  • Why did you choose this company?
  • Will there be any form of training provided?
  • Are there many opportunities for professional development within the company?
  • Ask something specific to the company you’re interviewing with


Inappropriate questions to ask in a first interview are those regarding benefits and salary. Not jumping ahead of yourself is important because you should be focused on having a great and memorable first interview to be called in for a second.


Discover a common ground with your interviewer

Google every person you know you are going to meet or think you might meet in the interview, especially senior executives. Learn what might be common areas of interest in advance. A great tool for this is LinkedIn, it may seem obvious but check out their Linkedin accounts before the interview. If you listen during the interview and look for commonalities, they will seem omnipresent. When your interviewer mentions where they studied, weekend plans, children, or favourite restaurant, you have the chance to ask questions and find common ground.

Your surroundings and the purpose of your connection are all reference points. There is a reason why both of you find yourself in the interview room. Why are you both in this business? Do you know the any of the same people?

Remember not to force the interviewee into liking you. Let the interview happen naturally, but keep an eye out for hints of commonalities. Once you do, the world will feel like a smaller, friendlier place and your anxiety over interviewing will shrink.