Are Interviews Effective?

Think back to the worst interview you've ever had. What was happening inside yourself? From the interviewer or the situation? What were you doing that didn't work well? What did you do very well? I recommend you explore the interview for all positions whether full, part-time or contract work in three separate phases. Your interview will either secure your offer or not. I recommend that you hold in context the interview as two things: to explore whether working at that company is a good fit for you and second to have fun and clarify your offerings and your professional value and contribution.

The three phases of interviewing:

1. Research 2. Reality 3. Respond

Before embarking on any interviews the first step is clarity your value, what you can do for them: your accomplishments, your unique offering, and what you are looking for. Take the time to get yourself clear and focused and apply for positions which you know you have a high probability for. This increases your confidence and saves time. Find out about the company and people interviewing you. Take the time to do thorough research on the company in the paper, on Linkedin, on Facebook, Twitter and by your informational interviews. The more you know what is current the more creditable and professional you are. Remember that interviews are a process of observing, sharing, responding, and impressing. The most comprehensive way to do all of this is to do your research.

The reality of an interview is that you are nervous, uncertain and may speak faster and with less clarity than you usually do. Given this it?s important that you approach the interview with a simple system and recall mechanism. I recommend my favorite, which is that you image yourself being interviewed by the media. Identify 3-5 key points with examples that you can share with them in a comprehensive longer version and a shortened sound bite to convey the items mentioned above. The key components of these accomplishments are accessed by remembering what was the situation or problem that you are sharing about, what solution did you identify, what was the response , what was the result and what feedback did you receive. When you organize your thoughts in this manner you are sure to impress.

What have been your personal secrets to interviewing? I have many more tips I can share so let me know your specific problem areas or questions.The final stage is that of responding. You do this by responding to your questions, how to take action during the interview and what you choose to do after the interview. It has been demonstrated over and over the importance of doing a form of debrief or summary with yourself after an interview to evaluate what worked and didn't work. This allows you to let the interview go and learn from it. When we don't do this we have a tendency to consistently analyze and over think our interviews. Better to learn from it and let it go.After an interview it is crucial to follow up with thanks and summary of who you are and why you want the position. You want to remind them about why you are the best person for the job. Don't assume the interview by itself did it. It's the research; actual interview and responding in follow up that makes a difference.